Five suspects arrested over kidnapping

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Detectives based at DCI parklands, Nairobi, have arrested 5 suspects, among them three women, for kidnapping a man and demanding a ransom to set him free.

The sleuths who had been on the women's trail stormed the house where the victim was being held incommunicado, only to find him stark naked, as the five suspects eagerly waited for an Mpesa transaction of Sh100,000 ($1000) to set the man free.

The man had called his relatives claiming that he had been involved in a road accident and needed Sh100,000 for treatment.

The special agents who had followed cyber forensic leads to the house where the victim was being held connected the crime to an incident that occurred last month, where a man was accosted in Parklands and robbed of Sh450,000 ($4500).

The man has since identified the suspects as those who milked the cash from his bank account in a similar modus operandi.

They are Joseph Makau Mulatya, Patrick Wekesa Omosa, Rehema Njeri, Vigilance Mumbi and Hadija Ong'ai.

In a crime gaining currency, the women are now luring unsuspecting men from social networking sites before leading them to a room where the man is held hostage and asked to buy his freedom.

"In a well-choreographed plan, the three women who were arrested prey for men online, promising them blissful moments with a happy ending and the wowed men easily fall into the trap hook, line and sinker," said the DCI in a statement.

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