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7 Daring Robbers Break Out Of Police Cells At Night

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Seven robbery with violence suspects are on the loose after escaping from police custody, in a daring breakout at Thika police station on Wednesday night, May 11.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) issued the alert on Thursday, May 12 regarding the escape which was the inner workings of a well-organised plot.

One of the remandees had feigned sickness claiming to have a bout of diarrhoea, as a result of a bowel infection.

Sign Post of Thika Police Station. /DCI

According to the cell sentry who was on duty, the rest of the remandees pleaded with him to accompany their accomplice to the lavatory, before he soiled the entire cell.

“Little did the officer know that his prisoners had hatched a plot to escape from custody. No sooner had he opened the door than the nine escapees attacked him with blows and kicks, before forcibly taking away keys to the main door leading to the cells.

“How 8 of the 9 capital offenders walked to freedom in a highly guarded facility, is what detectives based in Thika are currently trying to establish, not ruling out the possibility of an inside job,” stated the DCI in part.

The detectives placed Livingstone Njau, Francis Matheri, Allan Mugai, Charles Mitaru, John Murege, Eric Ngigi, Arthur Kayemba and Bunton Mbugua as wanted suspects who escaped in the 10 pm incident.

The 9th prisoner Joseph Nyaguthii was however rearrested by traffic standby personnel, approximately 500 metres from the station, as the rest escaped under the cover of darkness.

The capital offenders all with pending robbery with violence were being held at the station from the Industrial Area GK Prison, pending a court appearance.

Meanwhile, the cell sentry who was attacked by the fleeing thugs is currently in custody at the same police station, assisting detectives with investigations.

The DCI is appealing to Kenyans with information leading to the arrest of the suspects to report to them via the anonymous toll-free hotline, 0800 722 203.

Cells at Thika Police Station. /DCI

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