Suspected gang member arrested on violent robbery charges

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested a man suspected of being part of a criminal gang in Nakuru. FILE PHOTO

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  • The DCI in their twitter handle confirmed the arrest of the suspect and recovery of a number of exhibits which were in his possession.

Police in Nakuru on Wednesday arrested a man suspected to be behind a spate of robbery with violence activities within the county.

Officials said the 52-year-old suspect identified as James Maina Njuguna was  pounced on by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal investigations in Bahati while in his hideout in Eastmore area.

The DCI in their twitter handle confirmed the arrest of the suspect and recovery of a number of exhibits which were in his possession.

The exhibits include nine identity cards bearing different names, two driving licenses, a civilian firearm certificate bearing another person’s name, a handcuff and assorted electronic gadgets.

Police believe that the suspect is the mastermind behind a series of robberies reported in Bahati, Nakuru.

Ms Jacinta Mwarania the officer commanding Bahati said the suspect is part of a dangerous criminal gang which has been terrorising residents and robbing them.

According to Ms Mwarania the gang is known for hijacking their victims, using them to get into their homes and terrorise them for hours before taking away with valuables.

In some of the incidents which occurred last month, Mr Maina is alleged to have entered into a resident’s home at nine, terrorised his family for three hours before taking away Sh300,000.

In another incident, the gang entered a victim’s home after using his vehicle after hijacking and terrorised the family for four hours before stealing valuables worth thousands of shillings.

 “The gang is known for stealing vehicles which they modify and sell. They are also used to cooking and eating food and enjoying comfort at their victim’s houses,” said Ms Mwarania.

The police boss said they have already obtained a court order to continue detaining the suspect to conclude investigations.

She said detectives are still pursuing other suspects who are still at large.