Three women are among five people who were arrested for allegedly kidnapping a man and demanding a ransom of Ksh.100,000, in an almost similar mode of operation to the recently exposed ‘Basmati Babes’ crime syndicate.
Joseph Makau Mulatya, Patrick Wekesa Omosa, Rehema Njeri, Vigilance Mumbi and Hadija Ong’ai will be charged with robbery with violence after they were arrested by a contingent of sleuths based at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ (DCI) Parklands precinct in a sting operation.
The women are said to identify their victims, mostly men of Caucasian decent, on social media platforms before extensively interacting with them and then setting up a physical meeting at a house in Nairobi’s Ruaraka area.
With the hopes of securing a happy ending, the men are easily lured to the housesaid to be behind where they are later accosted by the women’s accomplices.
“Moments before they get down, a rude knock suddenly interrupts the occasion as a man posing as a boyfriend to one of the women suddenly appears, throwing a spanner in the works of an eventful evening,” said the DCI in a statement.
“What follows are demands for a ransom depending on how deep one’s pockets are.”
The suspects were arrested on Thursday after DCI detectives stormed the said house only to find the culprits knee-deep in an ongoing scheme.
“Sleuths 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 Ksh.100,000 to set the man free,” said the DCI.
“The man had called his relatives claiming that he had been involved in a road accident and needed Ksh.100,000 for treatment.”
The sleuths, acting on forensic leads, have since linked the incident to a similar one in April where yet another man lost Ksh.450,000 to the fraudsters in Parklands.
“The man has since identified the suspects positively, as those who milked the cash from his bank account in a similar modus operandi,” added the DCI.