Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested Evans Michori Kebwaro, the serial killer behind the monstrous murders in Nakuru County.
In a statement issued on Friday, 1st July, the DCI noted that the suspect was smoked out of his hideout on Thursday afternoon in Keroka, Kisii County, where he had gone into hiding immediately after detectives launched a manhunt.
According to detectives, the suspect named his accomplices who include; Julius Otieno, 27, Josphat Simiyu, 24, Dennis Mmbolo 25, Isaac Kinyanjui, 18 and Makhoha Wanjala, 25, all of whom have been rounded up in a stealth operation conducted this morning in Nakuru, by a specialized team of detectives.
The sleuths from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau augmented by their Special Services Unit (SSU) counterparts arrested the mastermind whom they have since established is a jailbird with a criminal past, who has previously been convicted and served sentences in prison.
The arrest of the main suspect and his gang comes barely 24 hours after a high-powered security meeting that was held in Nakuru led by the cabinet secretary for Interior Dr Fred Matiang’i, following a presidential order.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that Kebwaro, is responsible for at least 3 murders committed within Mawanga area and its environs, which followed a similar modus operandi and were reported at Kiugoine police station between June 15 and 24 this year,” part of the statement by DCI read.
“All the murders targeted women and were committed during the day, with the victims’ bodies being found in the bedroom after being set ablaze. Preliminary investigations indicate that the bloodthirsty killer would first rape the victims before strangling them and setting their lifeless bodies on fire under a heap of clothes.”
On June 14, in Kiamaina, Nakuru North Sub County, a woman identified as Grace Wanjiku, 20, was found burnt beyond recognition under a heap of bedding, in a house that had been razed down by a huge fire.
Seven days later, a middle-aged woman identified as Susan Wambui, was found dead in her bedroom at a house in Kiamaina, after neighbours put off a fire that had engulfed the entire house at around 4 pm. Luckily, her three-year-old baby was rescued from the rubble.
In the latest murder incident before the suspect went into hiding, a 23-year-old woman identified as Diana Opicho was found murdered in cold blood in the same area of Mawanga, with her lifeless body sprawled on the floor of the house.
Her murder sparked online outrage, with Nakuru residents calling for action from the government, to bring to an end the senseless murders.
The suspect has confessed to killing seven people in cold blood and so far, detectives have managed to place him at the scene of three murders through cutting-edge forensic technology.
The six are being transported to DCI headquarters for a more comprehensive forensic examination at the DCI National Forensic laboratory before a detailed report is released to the public.