Suspect Breaks Handcuffs, Assaults Policemen in Van & Flees

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    Police officers confront an angry mob that wanted to lynch the suspect on Friday, June 11, 2021
  • A murder suspect assaulted two policemen who had bundled him into a van and were escorting him to the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital on Friday, June 11. 

    Francis Mwangi then allegedly broke the handcuffs and jumped out of the moving vehicle before fleeing into nearby estates. 

    Police had rescued the 40-year-old from an angry mob that was set to lynch him after he was accused of shooting a 30-year-old woman in the county the previous day. The victim was reported to have succumbed to gunshot wounds

    Mwangi, detectives noted, allegedly collected spent cartridges and cleaned the murder scene.  

    Police rescue a 40-year-old suspect who assaulted their colleagues in Nakuru on Friday, June 11, 2021

    That Thursday night, June 10, boda boda riders cornered him at Kikopey in Gilgil while posing as one of them. Police saved him from death and the suspect was detained at Nakuru East Police Post. 

    "The riders apprehended him at around 10 pm after spotting his motorbike," Gilgil Sub-County Police Commander John Onditi stated adding that Mwangi was fleeing to Nairobi. 

    Police also retrieved a pistol they believed was involved in the murder of the 30-year-old woman in Nakuru. The detectives added that on Friday, June 11, the said day he assaulted two officers, Mwangi complained of body aches and requested to be rushed to hospital for treatment. 

    Reports indicate that he incurred injuries on the head, chest and had swollen hands. 

    "He jumped out of the moving vehicle and fled into an unknown destination," Nakuru East Sub-County Police Commander Phanton Analo stated. Charged up residents joined police in the manhunt and traced the suspect to a house located at White House estate. 

    Police officers called for reinforcement and tracking dogs from K9 were also included in the manhunt. Mwangi was reported to have scaled the walls of Nakuru Boy's High School and ran into the compound after he was nearly caught in the estate house. 

    However, police accosted him inside the school premises and protected him from the angry mob. They were forced to fired in the air to disperse the crowd before driving away with the suspect. 

    The injured suspect was bundled into a police van after being arrested on Friday, June 11, 2021
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