Key suspect in the murder of Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Detective David Mayaka is in police custody.
In a statement on Tuesday, August 15, DCI detailed how they had managed to capture one of the main suspects behind the cold-blooded murder.
Moreover, detectives identified the suspect as Alex Wanjiru whom they arrested at a hideout in Ruthingiti, Kikuyu sub-county.
According to the report, Wanjiru sought refuge at his grandmother’s home after escaping from Kayole immediately after the incident.
“Alex Wanjiru, 23, who was part of the miscreant gang involved in the cold-blooded murder of our colleague detective David Mayaka, in a stealth operation mounted by sleuths from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau based at the DCI Nairobi regional command, the miscreant was flushed out of his hideout in Ruthingiti, Kiambu County,” DCI statement read in part.
Furthermore, the DCI disclosed they had earlier on managed to track down the motorbike used as the means of gateway during the gruesome murder.
“Earlier, the detectives had impounded the motorbike used by the thugs on the fateful night, a red Boxer registration number KMGJ 350V.”
This is after conducting thorough forensic investigations that placed the suspect and his accomplices at the scene of the incident, at the exact time of the murder
Moreover, a comprehensive analysis conducted by ballistic experts based at the DCI National Forensic Lab has since linked the firearm that fired the fatal shot a C2, to 5 previous robbery incidents in the city.
DCI trails more suspects
Consequently, the DCI revealed that they had also managed to identify other suspects who took part in the murder.
“So far, detectives have also identified the two other thugs involved in the murder most foul. They are the main suspect Henry Njihia who fired the shots that took detective Mayaka’s life and John Kamau aka Faruk, who is also armed with a Glock pistol,” the agency said in a statement.
The DCI detectives working on the case said that the duo is on their radar and it’s only a matter of time before their fate is sealed.
Murder of Detective David Mayaka
Detective Mayaka who was based at Makadara was driving home in the company of his wife Kemunto Mayaka on August 8, at around 10pm when the three-man gang riding on a motorbike accosted them.
The officer had stopped his vehicle to change a flat tyre when the thugs struck, according to CCTV footage.
Mayaka’s wife Hellen Kemunto was admitted to the hospital after the thugs shot her in the left thigh.
Mayaka was shot in the abdomen and died at the scene. CCTV footage emerged showing the moment the officer was shot dead by the gunmen.
It is not clear what prompted the gang to shoot at the officer with rage even after he pleaded with them to spare his life.