Detectives based at Kileleshwa in the upmarket Kilimani suburbs, foiled an armed attack aimed at two businessmen Saturday evening.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Eric Musungu, a suspect from the Kawangware 46 area, was apprehended after officers received a tip and pounced on the suspects just as they were about to launch their attack.
The second suspect escaped by a whisker and detectives are hot on his trail.
The thugs who were using a motorbike as their getaway means were cornered along Laikipia road in Kilimani, by the officers who ordered them to surrender immediately.
However, the thugs defied the order and escaped in different directions leaving the bike behind, prompting a chase that pitted the thugs against the officers.
Musungu was nabbed by Corporal Miheso, but before Miheso handcuffed the thug and led him to the police station, an angry mob of nduthi men that was chasing closely behind baying for his blood, descended on him with a barrage of blows and kicks, disfiguring his dental arrangement and leaving him with a swollen eye.
“The thug writhed on the ground in pain begging for forgiveness, as the unforgiving nduthi men jostled for an opportunity to deliver a blow on his face,” the DCI tweeted.
Before reinforcement for Corporal Miheso arrived, the riders had dispensed what they described as instant justice to the thug.
A homemade pistol capable of firing loaded with one round of 9mm calibre, was also recovered from the thug.
Meanwhile, Musungu was booked in custody pending arraignment tomorrow morning.