A woman who was kidnapped on Friday morning, November, 19, 2021 while heading to her workplace has been rescued by detectives after a three-hour torment in the hands of her kidnappers.
According to DCI, the woman who is a fruit vendor at City Park had woken up early in the morning and rushed to the bus stop at toll station along Thika road, in a bid to catch an early bus to the city.
“Once at the bus stop a private vehicle make Toyota Raum, pulled over. The driver asked the woman whether she was headed to Nairobi and when she replied in the affirmative, he offered to drop her at Ngara adding that he was carrying two other passengers who were headed to the city,” DCI said.
Innocently, the fruit's vendor boarded the vehicle that sped towards Nairobi. However, upon approaching Kenyatta University, the vehicle took the service lane, made a U-turn and sped off towards Thika.
It is at that moment the woman realised the occupants of the vehicle were not innocent passengers but a gang of three middle-aged men.
“The thugs took possession of the woman’s phone and called the husband demanding a ransom of Kh30, 000 failure to which they would send him her remains in a body bag. He was further warned not to reveal anything to police lest the thugs also come for his neck,” DCI said.
Determined to rescue his beloved wife, the husband disregarded the kidnapper’s warnings and immediately reported the incident to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters.
The detectives gathered and in a matter of minutes, the team was mobile towards the direction of the kidnappers.
“Along the way, they were backed up by Juja based sleuths on a mission to rescue the woman. All this while, the thugs were raping the woman in turns, as they made demands for more money from the woman’s friends and relatives,” DCI said.
The kidnappers were finally cornered at a secluded spot in Kabati area in Kandara, Murang’a County after three hours of intelligence leads
“On sighting the lanky, mean looking sleuths approaching their vehicle, the thugs attempted to flee but couldn’t match our men’s athletic capabilities. All of them were floored a few metres from the vehicle. The 35-year-old woman was finally rescued but unfortunately, the kidnappers aged between 24-27 had raped her repeatedly,” DCI said.
Upon inspection the three were identified as David Njoroge, 27, Livingston Mwangi, 24 and Justin Charles Nyaga, 24 years.
The woman was first rushed to hospital for treatment as well as the suspects for the relevant medical procedures to be conducted.
Blood stained knives were recovered, and the vehicle’s boot was discovered to be stained with blood spots. The vehicle was towed to DCI headquarters, where it will be subjected to forensic examination.
DCI further warned members of the public not to board private vehicles belonging to strangers but endeavour to use public means from established operators for their safety.