A female victim of violent robbery was last night rescued from an armed gang of three men, when police on patrol within Nairobi’s Mathare area swiftly responded to her distress calls.
After a day-long toil, the victim was walking back to her home moments after nightfall, oblivious of the gun-wielding gang lurking in the shadows at Mathare’s Kiboro Bridge.
With shopping stashed in her handbag, the lady had walked right into the jaws of the felonious pack, which subdued her immediately in an attempt to make a kill out of her sweat.
Luckily, Pangani-based police had been tipped off of miscreants waylaying members of the public along the bridge, and were right on sight when the scuffle between the lady and her attackers began.
Having beckoned the victim to a safe cover, the officers challenged the suspects to surrender, but the trio defied the lawful order.
As two of the suspects scampered off to evade justice, the third brandished a pistol and opened fire. The wrong move invited a similar response in self-defense, a shootout that left him fatally injured.
Trail on the two suspects who escaped was fruitless, but recovery of two machetes and the victim’s handbag containing cash and shopping dropped by them as they beetled off was made.
From the gunned-down youthful misfit, a loaded pistol was recovered, and has since been handed over for ballistic examination and profiling.