Eight robbery with violence suspects are on the loose after escaping from police custody, in a daring break out at Thika police station last night.
Livingstone Njau, Francis Matheri, Allan Mugai, Charles Mitaru, John Murege, Eric Ngigi, Arthur Kayemba and Bunton Mbugua all escaped during the 10pm incident.
Police say that one of the suspects feigned illness by claiming to have a bout of diarrhea.
The rest of the remandees then pleaded with the officer on duty to accompany their colleague to the toilet only to physically attack the officer and escape.
“In an ingenious plot hatched by the capital offenders, one of the remandees feigned sickness claiming to have a bout of diarrhea, as a result of a bowel infection. According to the cell sentry who was on duty, the rest of the remandees pleaded with him to accompany their accomplice to the lavatory, before he soiled the entire cell,” read the statement by the DCI.
“Little did the officer know that his prisoners had hatched a plot to escape from custody. No sooner had he opened the door than the nine escapees attacked him with blows and kicks, before forcibly taking away keys to the main door leading to the cells,”
Police however claim that it might have been an inside job.
The capital offenders all with pending robbery with violence were being held at the station from the Industrial Area GK prison, pending court appearance.
Meanwhile, the officer who was attacked by the fleeing thugs is currently in custody at the same police station, assisting detectives with investigations.