The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Amin Ibrahim has announced that two individuals have been arrested in relation to the disappearance of murder suspect Kelvin Kang’ethe.
Ibrahim on Tuesday said that following intensive investigations, police detained Kang’ethe’s brother and a female associate on Monday night. Authorities suspect that Kang’ethe met with his brother in Kiambu after he escaped from police custody.
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Kang’ethe managed to evade custody at Muthaiga Police Station last week, where he was being held pending legal proceedings.
Detectives uncovered that Kang’ethe relied on mobile phone numbers linked to relatives to evade police detection, strategically disabling his phone signals.
City-based lawyer Beatrice Ng’ethe, identified as Kang’ethe’s cousin, was initially arrested by DCI sleuths from the Nairobi Area. Despite her release, Ng’ethe spent significant time under scrutiny at Pangani Police Station as part of the ongoing investigation into Kang’ethe’s escape.
Phone records implicated Ng’ethe in communication with the fugitive days before he disappeared from Muthaiga Police Station. Notably, Ng’ethe had visited Kang’ethe at the station just a day before his vanishing act.
Kang’ethe’s escape unfolded during a supposed legal consultation session. A man posing as Kang’ethe’s lawyer visited him on Wednesday afternoon, engaging in brief discourse.
Kang’ethe seized his chance to break free while the officers were in a meeting attended by the station’s commanding officer and all anti-crime personnel, complicating the pursuit.
Efforts to apprehend Kang’ethe along Thika Superhighway proved futile, as he outmaneuvered pursuing officers, ultimately evading arrest.
In response, authorities detained four officers and the self-professed lawyer, subjecting them to interrogation to ascertain their involvement in Kang’ethe’s escape.
Kang’ethe, 41, was initially arrested last week upon leaving a Nairobi club, culminating in an extensive manhunt conducted jointly by Kenyan and US law enforcement agencies.