Husband of murdered Olympic gold medalist, Agnes Tirop, arrested
Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich, the husband of murdered Kenyan Olympic gold medalist, Agnes Tirop, has been arrested.
According to the police, he was arrested while trying to flee to a neighbouring town.
“The suspect has been arrested Thursday evening and is in custody at Changamwe police station in Coast Region.”
“I can confirm now we have the main suspect in our custody.”
Kenyan Olympic runner and two-time world championship bronze medalist Agnes Tirop was found dead on a bed at her home in the town of Iten on Wednesday, with stab wounds in the neck and abdomen, while her husband was missing and wanted for questioning by the police.
The police had been hunting for Rotich since Wednesday after his family reported that he had called in crying and asking for God’s forgiveness for something he had done, the Associated Press news agency quoted Tom Makori, Elgeyo Marakwet county police chief, as saying.
“Suspected killer husband of Agnes Tirop, the long-distance runner heroine recently murdered at her home, has been arrested. The suspect, one Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich, who has been on the run with police on a hot trail, was nabbed in Mombasa by diligent police detectives.”
The Directorate of Criminal Investigation said in a post on Twitter, that Rotich was arrested after he “slammed his gateway vehicle into a lorry, at Athi River, along Mombasa road, as he desperately escaped (our) dragnet.”
“The suspect is currently being grilled by detectives at Changamwe police station, for more details into the murder, before being arraigned to answer to murder charges,” he added.
Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata told local media that the suspect was waiting to be transferred to Nairobi early on Friday where he will be taken to court.