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4 suspects arrested over kidnapping of 2 car dealers in Juja

Four suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two car dealers in Juja, Kiambu County.

Ruiru Police Commander Alex Shikondi

According to Brian Karanja and Kennedy Gitau, they were abducted after delivering a Toyota Prado to a potential buyer in Juja. The client requested to test drive the vehicle and he drove to a house in the area.

After descending from the car, three armed men arrived in motorbikes and took them hostage inside the house.

They were then ordered to call their families and friends and raise Sh2.5 million each.

“One of my colleagues was called on Saturday and was asked for Sh200,000 but she did not send it. One of the people who worked with Ken sent Sh130,000,” Susan Wangui a friend of the victims said.

Ruiru Police Commander Alex Shikondi said that police managed to arrest the suspects linked to the kidnapping after the victims led officers to the hideout in Juja.

On his part, the Head of DCI, Ruiru Jeremiah Ndubai said that cartridges were recovered from the suspects, confirming that they were armed.

Police officers are pursuing three other suspects who are said to be armed and dangerous.

The Toyota Prado in question on Sunday night was involved in an accident with a taxi along Thika Superhighway.

The cab driver mounted a chase after the vehicle after it failed to stop and in the pursuit, he heard screams for help coming from the car.

He intensified his chase and the suspects opened fire in a bid to scare him away. Later the SUV lost control and veered off the road, hitting the guard railing along Thika Superhighway.

After causing the accident, the armed suspects fled the scene after commandeering a motorcycle.

A crowd quickly gathered and rescued one of the victims whose hands had been tied.

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