Nemwel Ondari, a Kenyan father, has been arrested for kidnapping his 8-year-old stepson and demanding a ransom from his wife.
According to local media, the young child was rescued by officers from Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
According to DCI, Everline Nandera, the boy’s mother, reported his “disappearance” to the Embakasi police station.
She revealed that her husband, Ondari, had left her a note demanding Ksh50,000 (N181,000) as a ransom for the minor’s release.
Everline said that her 32-year-old husband threatened to kill the boy if she did not pay the ransom.
The DCI said; “Nandera told detectives that she had left their home in Embakasi’s Tel Aviv area at the crack of dawn, headed for Muthurwa market. But upon coming back at around 9:20 am, she found her husband and son missing.
“A note had been left behind by the husband Nemwel Ondari, 32, demanding a ransom of Sh50,000, for the release of the boy. In the note, the man also warned his wife that he would kill the boy using a kitchen knife which he had carried, should she try any monkey business.”
After receiving the report, security operatives launched a rescue mission and apprehended the suspect at the NMS Green Park matatu terminus off Haile Sellasie Avenue in Nairobi.
The report added; “Immediately the woman filled her report at Embakasi police station, detectives from the elite Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) based at DCI Nairobi area were assembled and a manhunt for the suspect was launched.
“The detectives assisted by their Embakasi counterparts traced the suspect and arrested him at the NMS Green Park matatu terminus off Haile Sellasie avenue, a few hours later as he eagerly waited for the ransom to be deposited into his Mpesa account”.
According to the authorities, a preliminary investigation determined that the incident was caused by a heated disagreement between the couple the night before.
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