NYANDARUA, Kenya, Dec 19 – Police in Nyandarua County have arrested three suspected carjackers who had abducted a man and abandoned him in Kinare Forest in Kiambu County.
The suspects are said to have lured the victim by pretending to be church leaders who wanted to go for a funeral service of a friend in Katale and wanted to hire his vehicle.
The victim, identified as Stephen Gikaru Warui, agreed to drive them to and was given a down payment of Sh7,000.
However, early in the morning at around 5am, one of the suspects pretending to be a pastor in one of the churches within Juja town said there was a friend they were to pick up near Thika town.
After embarking on their journey and on reaching Kinare forest, one of the suspects asked the driver to stop so that he could answer a short call of nature. It was when Gikaru was held by his neck and tied with his belt before he was left in the forest.
Speaking to the media in Ol-Kalou town, the victim recounted how he was asked to drink a bottle of soda laced with a drug and fell unconscious.
He narrated how after several hours he regained some strength and was able to untie himself, walked for several kilometres until he found himself on the Thika-Magumu road where he was assisted by a good Samaritan to report the matter to the nearby Kieni AP Post.
He was also able to call his wife who in turn notified car track officers who, in collaboration with security officers were able to monitor the vehicle.
According to Nyandarua West OCPD Wilson Koskei, the suspects had stopped at Miharati trading centre where they dismantled the car-tracking system before proceeding to Nakuru.
However, police laid an ambush in Ol-Kalou town where there suspects disobeyed orders to stop forcing the police officers to deflate the vehicle at gunpoint and that’s how they were able to arrest all the suspects.
On interrogation, they admitted to have hijacked the victim and tied him in the forest.
He said police officers were able to recovered items used to dismantle car track systems and other accessories.
Koskei said the suspects are now being held at the Ol-Kalou Police station adding that further investigations have been launched into the matter saying the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed.
He put on notice criminals operating in the area saying police will not spare them adding that members of the public should volunteer information that could lead to the arrest of criminals terrorizing innocent Kenyans.