Police in Nairobi’s Starehe sub-county have arrested nine men in connection with a string of violent robberies that have been plaguing the area and its environs.
The suspects were apprehended across three different areas of Starehe labeled as crime hotspots.
They were arrested along Industrial Area’s Bunyala Road, Likoni Bridge located along Likoni Road and near Capital Centre on Mombasa Road.
According to Makadara OCPD Timon Odingo, all nine suspects have been involved in criminal activities of some sort, targeting pedestrians, before the law finally caught up with them.
"I confirm that three suspects allegedly robbed people waiting for public transport at a stage while six others robbed pedestrians after ambushing them along the road at night," Mr. Odingo told reporters.
"Three suspects were mugging people at Likoni Bridge. They would hide under the bridge and then suddenly attack a pedestrian so long as he or she is walking on the road alone.”
The sleuths made the arrests after a tip off from members of the public who reported the surge in criminal activities in the aforementioned areas.
"We were alert to confront the suspects after being informed of the three locations without the suspects knowing we had set a trap for them," added the OCPD.
The Christmas and New Year periods in Kenya are typically marked by an increase in criminal activities.
It is for this reason that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has vowed that the government will increase the presence of police in all major areas during the festive season.