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Detectives rescue kidnapped boy, arrest key suspect

Detectives in Naivasha have rescued a four-year-old boy who went missing last week in Thika town after he was allegedly abducted.

The team of sleuths and the local police later nabbed the main suspect behind the abduction, who is said to be a houseboy at the boy’s grandparent’s home in Murang’a.

The Detectives said the suspect, Charles King’ori alias ‘Delvin Maina’, was the last person seen with the boy, Liam Nguchwa on June 2nd in Thika town before he was reported missing.

Kingori is alleged to have travelled to Naivasha town on Thursday, June 3rd with the boy where he sought for his accommodation at his aunt’s home, alleging that the child was his, from an earlier marital affair and that he was seeking for his support.

According to area DCI officer, Adan Hassan, Kingori’s Aunt became suspicious about the case on Monday after media reports about a missing child emerged, detailing a clear description which had a striking resemblance with that of the boy under her care.

Hassan added that it is from that information, the woman reported the case to the police from where a coordinated rescue mission was planned by a multi-agency team of detectives from the Director of Criminal Investigations, Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau and Special Police Service Unit.

According to the investigator, the boy was rescued safely at the suspect hideout with no injuries inflicted on him and was later reunited with his parents who had been briefed of the rescue mission.

Hassan added that the police then narrowed on the suspect who, on learning of the police arrest mission, visited a local salon where he had his hair braided to conceal his face but unknown to him the detectives had zeroed on him.

The DCI revealed that Kingori had tried to solicit a Sh200,000 ransom from Liam’s parents with an initial amount of Sh40,000 having been sent to him.

The DCI said the suspect was nabbed with several SIM cards in his custody and will be charged once the investigations are complete.

Hassan lauded the public for sharing crucial information that led to the successful rescue of the child and subsequent arrest of the suspect.

Liam’s mother, Agnes Muthoni, said her family is grateful to reunite with their son while applauding the police for their coordinated efforts in unravelling the abduction and rescuing her son.

According to his father, Eric Maina, their son is fine with no harm inflicted on him, adding that the suspect kidnapped the boy to solicit money from the family.

By Erastus Gichohi

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