Six More Suspects Arrested in Southern Bypass Crackdown

The DCI detectives had also recovered 112 assorted mobile phones all suspected to have been stolen by the six suspects along the Southern Bypass.

Six More Suspects Arrested in Southern Bypass Crackdown

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested six more suspects in connection with a series of robberies that have been plaguing pedestrians and motorists along the Southern Bypass.

They had arrested the suspects on Wednesday, June 23 in Kawangware after relying on cyber and forensic analysis, with the help of sleuths attached to the Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) to track them down.

The detectives had also recovered 112 assorted mobile phones all suspected to have been stolen.

"One victim who had previously been attacked by the vicious gang along the highway, managed to identify her phone," said the DCI in a statement.

One of the suspects arrested by DCI detectives in the crackdown on Southern Bypass on June 23, 2021. /TWITTER

During the operation mounted by the sleuths based in Lang'ata, they apprehended Messi Martha Mutioka, Tevin Njuguna, Edward Baraza Shikoba, Lawrence Gitahi Ndirangu, Kenneth Maina Chege and David Lugali Asianja all aged between 21 and 32 years old.

The detectives have so far managed to arrest a total of 15 suspects, in connection with the robberies.

"Any victims who may have lost their valuables including mobile phones are requested to visit our offices at Langata Police Station, to identify them," urged the sleuths.

On Friday, June 11, three suspects were arrested in the continuous crackdown to weed out robbers and muggers that have been roaming the Bypass and pouncing on innocent motorists and pedestrians.

According to Langata Sub-County Police commander Benjamin Mwanthi, the detectives traced a victim's phone to one of the suspects.

The victim was attacked by the thugs on the bypass on May 14, 2021.

Boniface Winjira Unganyi, the proprietor of Basement Crew mobile shop within Lindi in Kibra, was arrested as the key suspect.

In a raid the detectives conducted at Lang'ata Police Station, a total of 102 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen, were recovered from the suspect’s shop.

Also arrested during the raid were 35-year-old Alex Mboya, who was found in possession of a victim’s phone, and a Form Two student, a 16-year-old studying at a secondary school in Lang'ata.

The arrests came as a section of Kenyans lamented on the growing insecurity cases along the major highway.

In a series of posts on social media, netizens shared horrific experiences they went through when their vehicles developed mechanical issues along the road, forcing them to stop along the highway.

The assorted mobile phones recovered from the six suspects who have been robbing motorists and pedestrians along the Southern Bypass. /TWITTER