news24 By Oduor Omondi
Police in Kisumu Tuesday evening intercepted two people armed with crude weapons and police uniforms at Kombewa.
The suspected robbers were intercepted in a 14-seater Nissan matatu travelling from Bondo to Kisumu.
They were in possession of a machete, pair of shears, hand cuffs and police uniforms in a bag. The hand cuffs were hid...den in a shoe polish tin.
Kisumu District Criminal Investigation Officer (DCIO) Henry Ndombi who was heading the operation said they have received numerous complains regarding the suspects.
“The suspects are known criminals who execute criminal activities in Bondo and Kisumu,” said Ndombi, adding that they were on another mission before the ambush.
Ndombi said they laid a trap after they were given the number plate of the vehicle the suspects were travelling in.
He said the two were part of a group responsible for a series of crimes in Kisumu.
The DCIO said the suspects usually queue in the banking halls like other customers looking for vulnerable people who might be depositing or withdrawing large amounts of money.
They then follow them outside where they kidnap and rob or force them to withdraw the money from the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).
According to an eye witness, passengers of the vehicle were ordered out of the vehicle and all men told to lie down facing the ground as the police ransacked their luggage.
The suspects are currently being held at the Kisumu Central Police Station.
Ndombi further assured Kisumu residents of their security adding that night patrols will be enhanced in the estates to stem the escalating crime in the lakeside city.
He warned members of the public against buying mobile phones from people they do not know saying the gadgets might have been used in criminal activities.