Police hunting for suspects who carjacked man outside his gate in Ruaka
Kiambu based detectives are pursuing a criminal gang that carjacked a Ruaka resident on Friday.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the man was accosted in his Toyota Premio on his way to One River Apartments.
“Getting home from work after a shift that run through the night, the victim pulled over by the apartment’s gate, unaware that a gang of three assailants was laying in wait for him. As the gates opened, the driver’s window was suddenly smashed with an iron rod, before two shots were fired in the air from a pistol in an attempt to subdue him,” the DCI said on Twitter.
The man is said to have managed to force his way into the parking lot but before he could jump out of the car, the trio caught up with him and roughed him up before grabbing his car keys and phone.
Reports indicate that the gang drove off towards Ndenderu.
“On receiving the report, DCI detectives based at Kiambaa immediately swung into action and launched a manhunt for the suspects. A few hours later, detectives found the stolen vehicle abandoned in Kagongo village, having been extensively vandalized,” the DCI said.
The rear and front headlights, side mirrors, all tyres, nose guard, boot and radio were stolen and detectives believe that the three suspects are part of a larger criminal syndicate operating within Kiambu county.
The criminals are said to target taxi drivers while posing as customers, only to turn against them at isolated places, then assault the drivers and vandalize their vehicles.
Some members of the syndicate have previously been arrested and arraigned in court, the DCI said.