A female university student kidnapped on January 26, 2023 was rescued last night by detectives after being held hostage for five days.
Daisy Chebet Barno, a fourth-year student at Egerton University, was kidnapped by three men in Kabarak, Nakuru County and taken to an unknown destination, leaving her family in anguish.
According to a post on Twitter by DCI, Ms Chebet’s friend Faith Mwende conspired with her boyfriend and other accomplices to kidnap her and demand ransom from her family.
On the day she was kidnapped, Ms. Chebet was invited for lunch at Kabarak by Ms. Mwende’s boyfriend, Mr Akuteka.
Once the two were in the car Mr Akuteka drove towards Kabarak to pick up a parcel. However, along the way, they were joined by two men. The three informed Ms Chebet that they had kidnapped her and demanded Sh600,000 ransom from her family.
”The three drove to Ruiru to OJ Restaurant where they booked a two-bedroom Airbnb and locked Ms Chebet in one of the bedrooms. Mwende who had joined them took the other bedroom where they made merry with her partner after Ms Chebet sent Sh50,000,” stated the post.
Unknown to the thugs, detectives who had received a distress call from Daisy’s family were closely monitoring their movements as they operated between Thika, Murang’a, Kajiado and Ruiru during the day, in a bid to outwit the officers.
But the sleuths based at the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau went after the four with the stealth of a leopard and finally pounced on them last night at the apartment.
A brief altercation ensued as the sleuths introduced themselves to the thugs, after they defied orders to surrender and engaged the officers in a fistfight.
Following the successful raid also supported by detectives drawn from DCI Nakuru and Ruiru, all the four suspects were arrested and Daisy rescued.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the main suspect Simon Akuteka is a fugitive who has several cases of stealing motor vehicles pending before court in Nairobi and Kisumu.