Detectives rescue minor who had been kidnapped and taken to Tanzania

A 14-year-old juvenile who had been abducted from her parents' home in Nyeri county, central Kenya, on August 25, 2021, has been rescued by detectives from her captor.

The minor was rescued at Mto wa Mbu town in Tanzania, 514-kilometres away from her parents’ home and the main suspect Alex Jonathan Malel, 19, arrested.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the suspect worked as a night guard at an establishment near the minor’s home before disappearing.

The school-going child was on her mid-term break when the unfortunate incident happened. On a fateful night, she had stepped out of their house to answer the call of nature at 2 am, only for her parents to wake up in the morning and find their daughter missing.

They immediately reported at Gatitu police post, but due to the gravity of the matter, Nyeri county criminal investigations officer John Gacheru took over the investigations and escalated his file to headquarters for specialized action.

“And in a meticulously planned rescue mission led by DCI’s elite Special Service Unit and Tanzania’s regional crime office based in Arusha, Malel was finally cornered yesterday morning at 2am, within Engarika area & the girl rescued,” said DCI.

DCI lauded the immediate action taken by Interpol in facilitating the SSU detectives augmented by a detachment from the Nyeri County Criminal Investigations office and police officers from Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania in ensuring that the class 8 pupil is rescued and the suspect finally brought to justice.

The suspect is being held at Mto wa Mbu Police Station in Tanzania pending arraignment.

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