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Police arrest key suspect in killing of DCI detective

Police have arrested one of the main suspects behind the killing of Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detective David Mayaka in Kayole last week.

The suspect, Alex Wanjiru, was arrested in Ruthingiti, Kiambu County by sleuths from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau based at the DCI Nairobi regional command centre.

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“Alex Wanjiru, 23, who was part of the miscreant gang involved in the cold blooded murder of our colleague detective David Mayaka, had escaped from Kayole immediately after the incident and sought refuge at his grandmother’s home in Ruthingiti, Kikuyu sub-county, before detectives tracked him down,” DCI said in a statement.

The detectives have also impounded the motorbike used by the thugs on the fateful night, a red Boxer registration number KMGJ 350V.

The DCI has also linked the firearm that was used in the killing to five previous robbery incidents in the city.

Police are tracking down two other suspects, Henry Njihia who is believed to have fired the shots that took detective Mayaka’s life and John Kamau aka Faruk, who is also armed with a glock pistol.

Detective Mayaka, who was based at DCI Makadara was driving home in the company of his wife Kemunto Mayaka on August 8, at around 10pm when they were accosted by the three-man gang riding on a motorbike.

The officer had stopped his vehicle to change a flat tyre when they were attacked, an incident captured by CCTV cameras mounted at an adjacent building.

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