Police in Nairobi on Saturday, November 19, 2022, arrested a suspect in connection to the spate of armed robberies in the city.
Dickson Gatonga Njeri, a suspected notorious mugger, was arrested along Outer Ring road after authorities received intelligence leads from the members of the public.
According to a statement by the National Police Service (NPS), the suspect who was positively identified by several victims has been terrorizing residents in Huruma and Kariobangi.
"The Multi-Agency security team in Nairobi County continues to record great success in accomplishing its objective of maintaining law and order. Yesterday, police in Nairobi on patrol along Outer Ring Road received intelligence that led to the arrest of Dickson Gatonga Njeri
At the time of his arrest, police recovered a kitchen knife from him. He was taken into custody pending arraignment in court.
"We thank the public for partnering with the security team and for volunteering information leading to the successful arrest," NPS said.
A NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL ARRESTED IN NAIROBI pic.twitter.com/snT3lfuaPh— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) November 20, 2022
Prime suspect arrested
Elsewhere, the prime suspect behind the blood-curdling murder of Keagan Githua was arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Feelings Devone Mboya Odero was arrested at the busy Githurai matatu termini on the evening of Saturday, November 19, 2022.
"Feelings Devone Mboya Odero was arrested last evening at the busy Githurai matatu termini, where he hanged around and operated as a ‘kamagira’, preying on unsuspecting members of the public," a statement by the DCI reads in parts.
At the time of his arrest, the suspect led the detectives to a spot where he hid the killer knife he had used on Keagan on the morning of October 30, 2022.
After questioning, he led the officers to the motorbike rider who had ferried him to ridgeways on the day of the attack.
"Upon further grilling last night, Odero also led detectives to Dennis Mburu Kimani, the motorbike rider who ferried him to Ridgeways on the morning of the attack. Kimani, was arrested in Ngomongo area of Githurai and his motorbike impounded, following a brief chase as he tried to evade the detectives’ dragnet," a statement by the DCI reads in parts.
DCI added: "The Directorate of Criminal Investigations hopes that the arrest of all the suspects linked to this brutal killing brings some semblance of justice to the family of Keagan Githua and gives the general public the reassurance that DCI will leave no stone unturned in the investigation of all crimes committed by these senseless criminals Equally,"
Four more suspects
The arrest of the two came a few days after the detectives completed investigations into the brutal murder of Githua in Ridgeways, Kiambu county.
Four suspects were arrested on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
DCI in a statement on Tuesday, November 16, 2022, said that the suspects were arrested in different locations - one was nabbed in River Road while others were arrested in Githurai.
The suspects were trailed for about two weeks as DCI sleuths from Starehe consolidated crucial leads before launching the operation at 4:00 am.
"The detectives based at DCI-Starehe mounted a dawn operation that began at a city toilet along River Road, where they pounced on the first suspect before heading to Githurai, where the rest were arrested and the deceased’s smartphone recovered," DCI said in a statement.
Gang based in Githurai
DCI further indicated that from their investigations they were able to establish that the gang linked to the murder of Keagan Githua operates from Githurai.
"After a detailed analysis of the gang’s modus operandi, was conducted by sleuths based at the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau, who have since established that the gang operates from Githurai area," the statement from DCI added.
"An operation to arrest more members of the gang is currently ongoing in Githurai and other parts of the city. As detectives move with speed to deal with the gangs terrorizing city residents. We continue to appeal to members of the public to provide information regarding criminal gangs anonymously, through our #FichuakwaDCI toll free line 0800 722 203," the statement added.