Police in Bungoma are on the hunt for 11 hard-core criminals who escaped from a police cell.
The eleven are said to have cut a metal bar and used it to dig a hole on the wall.
The suspects escaped in the small hours of Monday morning from the Central Police Station in Bungoma.
“The escapees had cut an angle line metal bar that reinforced the cells doors and used the same to dig the hole,” says a police report as quoted by Citizen Digital.
The suspects left their clothes behind, perhaps in a bid to escape easy detection by the police on their trail.
Among those who escaped were Brian Ochieng’ Onyango and John Wanyonyi, who had been charged with robbery with violence.
The two are the main suspects in the murder of prominent businessman in Bungoma, Michael Gacheru.
Clerkson Otieno, in custody over burglary charges, and Simon Wekesa, held over assault charges, also escaped.
Others also included Collins Juma Nyukuri (assault), Alex Simiyu Muheko (stealing), Pascal Kiberenge Namasaka (impersonation), John Barasa Wekesa (break-in robbery), Emmanuel Wakoko (assault) and Bramwel Barasa (defilement).
Bungoma South OCPD said that they had launched a manhunt for the suspects. He also called on the public to help the police in the search for the suspects.
“We are calling on the residents to volunteer any information to the police because these are hardcore criminals,” said the OCPD.
Another suspect, Isaac Wekesa was not so lucky though. Wekesa took a bullet to the thigh in the escape attempt. The suspect is now in Bungoma Referral Hospital receiving treatment.
High rate of burglary, violent robberies
Bungoma has a very high rate of burglaries and break-in robberies. According to data by crimeresearch.go.ke, 48.4 % of the crimes in the county are burglaries and breakings. In comparison, the national average is 42%.
Robbery with violence accounts for 15.4% of crimes in the county. The national average is 10.6%.