By: ALEX NJERU
Police on Monday evening arrested a man and recovered a gun, a pair of handcuffs and ammunition at Kibung’a Village in Tharaka-Nithi.
The suspect, Duncan Kirima, believed to be formerly working with the military, was arrested in Turima Location after police stormed his house.
The firearm, a Patchett sub-machine gun, and the handcuffs were found in a bag outside his house while the ammunition was recovered from his pocket after the arrest.
He was also found a military identification card and a police jungle hat.
Tharaka South OCPD Dominic Mukoma said the suspect is in police custody and is helping with investigations.
“We suspect that he could have been involved in a series of robberies and carjacking incidents along Marimanti-Kibung’a-Mitunguu road that have occurred for some time now.
“Once we are done with investigations we will arraign him in court. I laud residents for giving us the vital information,” said Mr Mukoma.
ARREST A BREAKTHROUGH
Mr Mukoma said the weapon is suspected to have been used to commit crimes in Kibung’a and Mitunguu towns.
“The arrest is a breakthrough in the fight against crime in the area,” he said.
Mr Mukoma said police started tracking the suspect after a resident reported that he had threatened to kill him.
He said the suspect is believed to have been operating from three locations while in the area.
“We have been tracing him at Mitunguu market where he is believed to have rented more than one house.
“He has been living at his home in Kiagu Village and at his grandmother’s home in Kibung’a Village,” said the OCPD.
On Monday morning, the suspect was also reported to have threatened to shoot a person at Kibung’a market.
Police suspect that he is in possession of more than one weapon because the ammunition recovered are usable on three types of guns.
He asked members of the public to volunteer any information that will help in the recovery of the weapons.
“We are aware that the suspect has been working with a group of criminals who could still be among the residents but we will get rid of them,” he assured.
Mr Mukoma also asked the residents to embrace the Nyumba Kumi initiative to help fight crime.
Residents have urged the government to beef up security in the area.