The presence of one a lone criminal nicknamed “mutheca itu” (ogre) in Kiambu is causing sleepless nights for many residents.
The man has preyed on several people in break-ins where besides robbing them of their cash, he has raped women in their houses.
His victims have described him as tall, dark and huge. His operations are executed between 2am and 4am. He dons long dark coats and is always armed with a sword and a torch.
His latest victim was Hottensiah Wanjiru from Kangoya Village in Kiambu Constituency. The lone criminal raided her house last Sunday at 3am.
He gained entry after breaking the door using a huge stone. “He came to my bedroom wielding a sword as I screamed for help. He ordered me to shut up and demanded that I give him Sh1, 500 which he counted before pocketing,” she told Daily Nation.
On Thursday, the suspect broke into Ann Njoki’s house in Karamba-ini village at 2am on Thursday but he was overpowered by her husband and he fled.
“When I realized that there was someone inside our house, I woke up my husband, who attacked him with a metal bar. My husband overpowered him and he fled.”
Another of his victim from Kangoya village recounted her ordeal in the arms of the suspect.
“He broke the main door to my house using a stone and found way to my bedroom where he demanded that I give him all the money I had. I gave him Sh740 and he left,” recalled one of the victims.
“After he left, we went to close the door, but met him walking back, forcing me to run back to my bedroom but he still followed me there.
I sat on my bed and he came and stood right in front of me. I was terrified. He unzipped his pair of shorts and ordered me to touch his manhood and it was at this time that I started shouting out of fear he would rape me….when he saw my son, he fled,” she recalled.
Kiambu OCPD Duncan Nguthu said he is not aware of such reports. The victims have however, been reporting these cases to police posts within their villages.
Local administration has however confirmed the existence of the criminal. Ndumberi Chief Christopher Gathuma said victims have reported to him about the criminal and they have launched a manhunt for him.