Police on the spot for setting kidnap, robbery suspect free
SEE ALSO :Family of three slain in Kericho attackShe said when they reached Mwitoti, barely 3km to Mumias town, the car stopped and the man sitting next to the driver exchanged seats with a woman who was sitting at the back. The vehicle was then diverted to a rough road leading to a sugarcane farm. Khatonde said after about 20 minutes, they reached the old Mumias airstrip (Kiwanja Ndege) and the driver claimed they were running out of fuel. That was around 7.30am. “They stopped the car and the two men we were sitting with at the back grabbed my throat and tried strangling me. They asked me whether I know them and I said I haven’t met them before. They took from me the Sh23,000 I had for buying fish, two mobile phones worth Sh30,000 and two ATM cards,” said Ms Khatonde. She added: “They took me out of the taxi and told me to give them my mobile phone and ATM pin numbers and I complied. They started beating me with a blunt object and the driver came with a towel and covered my face and drove away. I was left crying for help while bleeding.” According to Khatonde, the owner of the farm found her around 8am and took her to Booker Police Post where she recorded a statement (OB5/19/7/2018).
SEE ALSO :Kin disown stepmum in estate rowA manhunt for the car was launched and after seven days officers from Kakamega Police Station impounded it on July 25 around Muliro Gardens. Wycliffe Luvembe, the complainant's husband, said the taxi driver when questioned said he had hired out the car when time the incident occurred. “He led us to his colleague who had the vehicle that day and my wife was able to identify him. Police arrested him and he was taken to the cells,” said Mr Luvembe. They recorded another statement at Kakamega Central Police Station (OB25/2018) and were asked to return the next day. But when they returned, they found neither the car nor the suspect. The officer investigating the case reportedly told them they were under pressure to release the suspect.
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