Jane Omwinda at the Makadara Courthouse on Tuesday
Detectives have arrested a woman believed to have links to a gang behind a series of robberies and murders in the Eastlands area of Nairobi, Kenya.
Jane Owendi Omwinda was arrested on Sunday November 19, 2022 and is currently being held at Dandora Police Station where detectives are investigating a violent robbery in which M-Pesa employee Regina Wanjiku had her four phones stolen laptops.
Omwinda is believed to be an accomplice to robbery suspects, Danson Musyoka Mulee, Brian Wambua Mbindyo, John Mutiso Makau, Patricia Mulumba and Evans Omondi.
They are also suspected of murdering Nicodemus Munyasya, 38, who was shot dead at Savanah, Donholm Estate in Nairobi on October 31 as he was returning home from visiting a bank.
Munyasya had deposited a check at the Family Bank in Donholm when the gangsters followed him on a motorbike, shot him dead and took a bag containing disposable cups thinking it was money.
The suspects shot Ms Wanjiku twice in her feet during the robbery at the Umoja 3 estate and the robbery was reported to Mowlem Police Station.
In an affidavit filed at the Makadara courthouse, Detective Corporal Samuel Gichuki of Dandora DCI offices said police attended the scene and recovered two used cartridges and a cell phone belonging to Ms Omwinda.
Cpl. Gichuki was seeking a court order to detain the suspect for seven days pending investigations.
The detective said he needed time to carry out an identification parade and analysis of the recovered mobile phones and establish the owners and record their statements.
He said Ms Omwinda and her five accomplices were helping investigators arrest other suspects and recover the firearm used in Ms Wanjiku’s reported robbery and Munyasia’s murder.
Chief Magistrate Francis Kyambia has authorized Gichuki to detain Ms Omwinda until Monday next week, when she will be arraigned alongside her five accomplices.