Members of the public in Mombasa foiled a kidnapping and robbery attempt involving a woman who had made huge cash withdrawals from a local bank.
Drama started when the woman, while walking out of the bank was grabbed by a man and two female accomplices and forced into a waiting salon car.
The gang posing as police officers in civilian clothes waylaid the woman as she stepped out of the bank, and headed to where she had parked her Toyota Land Cruiser.
They forced the woman to enter a Toyota Fielder vehicle which they used as a gateway car and speed off in the wrong direction of the busy Moi avenue road triggering pandemonium among motorists.
According to eyewitnesses, the kidnappers were stopped on their tracks, when they rammed into an oncoming Tuk tuk (three wheeler taxi).
Members of the public rushed to the scene and freed the kidnapped woman who was shouting; ‘Thieves! Thieves!’
The civilians then apprehended two of the suspects who were saved in the nick of time by policemen as angry members of the public were baying for their blood. Police identified the suspects as Daniel Kamau, Teresia Wambui and Nancy Wanjiru.
Mombasa police commander Johnstone Ipara said the suspects will be taken to court on Monday; adding, they will be charged with robbery with violence, causing an accident, failing to stop after an accident and driving on the wrong side of the road.
The police boss who addressed the press at the county police headquarters said further investigation is underway and urged previous victims of such criminal acts to attend an identification parade.
Ipara appealed to members of the public to be on the lookout for criminals and avail to the law enforcement agencies information on any suspicious activities.