Three suspects were, on Friday, apprehended after they assaulted a police officer and made away with his gun in Homa Bay County.
A man was attacked by an armed gang in Sindo, Homa Bay last week, losing his phone and Ksh10,000. This was reportedly the fifth such attack in the area in the space of a few months. #SafetyMatters pic.twitter.com/3mYCQ8VRbU— Securex Agencies LTD (@SecurexEA) March 14, 2019
The authorities identified a key suspect in the saga as Steve Omondi, 22, who was in the company of two other people on a motorcycle.
Confirming the incident, the County’s police commander Esther Seroney revealed that Omondi confessed stealing the gun, a Cesca pistol, to boda-boda operators after they confronted him.
Police arrest three suspects in yesterday's attack on an officer in Homa Bay, recover snatched pistol.— Ali 'Mwamvita' Manzu (@Ali_Manzu) March 15, 2019
The police, however, did not recover 15 rounds of ammunition that were stolen together with the pistol.
“The magazine might have dropped during the fight between the officer and his attackers,” stated Seroney.
The three suspects were later taken to Homa Bay Police Station for questioning.
“We’re detaining Omondi and other two suspects who were using the same motorcycle when the incident occurred.
“The suspects are at Homa Bay police cells and they will be arraigned as soon as investigations are complete,” continued Seroney.
The gun was recovered after an intensive search that lasted for more than eight hours at Omondi’s house in Makongeni estate, Homa Bay County.
The attacked officer, a corporal, was taken to Homa Bay Referral Hospital after sustaining two cuts on the head as a result of the attack.