Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested In Thika, Firearm Recovered

    Detectives have recovered a Ceska pistol which was robbed from a civilian firearm holder in Kahawa Sukari on January 2023, following a search at a wounded man’s house in Makongeni, Thika.

    According to DCI, the search and subsequent recovery of the weapon followed an alarm raised by members of the public that an unknown man had been sprayed with bullets near the Thika Level V hospital yesterday, by an occupant riding in a Toyota Probox which then sped off.

    “Swinging into action, police rushed to the scene where they found the badly injured man whom they helped to hospital, just in time to have doctors manage his profuse bleeding,” the DCI said.

    Efforts by medical officers and the police to identify the patient proved futile when no identifying document was found on him and, though he could speak, expressed unwillingness to give his name.

    “These prompted the officers to initiate a forensic ID process that provided his name, and later traced his place of residence at Gireki Plaza Hse no. 10 located within Kiganjo area of Makongeni.”

    A search therein saw the recovery of the Ceska pistol loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition which was hidden under the carpet alongside a roll of bhang.

    Initial investigations have so far identified the firearm as the one robbed from a civilian firearm holder in Kahawa Sukari on January, when two armed men riding on an unmarked motorcycle accosted him at a construction site.

    His mobile phone and cash was also stolen. On the same day (Jan 28), the two suspects who were on a robbery spree also confronted three citizens at Landless Section 2 where the trio was visiting the site of a parcel of land they had purchased.

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    Their mobile phones and money was also robbed at gunpoint.

    The ongoing investigations signal that the shot suspect may be familiar with his attackers, as they had allegedly engaged in an altercation over a previous engagement before the shots were fired.

    “Now being treated as a suspect of violent robberies, the patient remains under police guard pending his recuperation, formal arrest and arraignment. Pursuit for his shooters is also ongoing,” the DCI added.