Manhunt underway for lone man who attempted to rob bank in Kisumu
Detectives in Kisumu have launched a manhunt for a lone suspect who is believed to have been behind Tuesday's attempted robbery at Equity Bank along Angawa Avenue in Kisumu City.
CCTV footage obtained from the bank showed how the suspect who managed to evade arrest despite a five-hour siege at the bank entered the facility and ordered a cashier to give him cash before hurling teargas inside the hall.
A day after residents of Kisumu City witnessed a dramatic gun battle between police and a suspected bank robber, normalcy has returned to the lakeside city with the bank reopening for business as usual.
Pieces of broken glasses and the destruction on the bank’s floor show the aftermath of the failed robbery.
Police say they are looking for one suspect who is believed to have masterminded the robbery.
Nyanza Police Commander Karanja Muiruri has confirmed that CCTV footage obtained from the bank showed the suspect entering the bank, he then proceeded to the first floor where he approached one of the cashiers.
He is said to have displayed a notice to the cashier before demanding she deposits bundles of Ksh.100,000 into his bag.
The cashier raised alarm, prompting the suspect to hurl a tear-gas canister and jump to the ground floor leaving behind his shirt.
It is after hurling the canister that police arrived at the scene and engaged the attacker for close to five-hours.
At the end of the operation all those who were inside the bank were taken to Kisumu Central Police Station where they were interrogated.
All the suspects were released from police custody after interrogation. No suspect was arrested among the over 20 staff and customers who were interrogated.
At contention is how the attacker left the scene despite the bank lacking a back door, where were the officers manning the bank when the robber entered the bank, did they fail to frisk him and where could he have bought the teargas canister from.
Police who recovered an unexploded teargas canister believe the main suspect was in the company of other robbers who were waiting for him outside the bank with a motorcycle and who escaped after chaos erupted inside the bank