Police have arrested a College student whom they say staged his own kidnapping to milk money from his parents, authorities announced Thursday.
Edwin Kamau, a 23-year-old medical student at Makindu Medical Training College was arrested on July 7, on charges of self kidnapping to obtain money from his parents.
Detectives revealed that Kamau disappeared Sunday July 3, before blocking his father and called his mother claiming to have been kidnapped.
According to authorities, the suspect has been detained for lying to his parents about being kidnapped and defrauding them Ksh. 70,000.
"Determined to secure the life of their son, they sent Sh10,000 yesterday via mobile money and an additional Sh40,000 today," Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said on Twitter on Thursday, July 7.
Reading malice in the incident, his parents reported the matter to the police officers who immediately launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.
At this time, the suspect claimed that his kidnappers were on the verge of eliminating him .
Immediately after receiving the initial Ksh.10,000, Kamau went to club in Thika to buy drinks. It is at the club where the suspect came across a rogue woman famously known as 'Pishori babe.'
As of Wednesday, Kamau was found unconscious after his drink was laced with an unknown substance and stole the cash.
After regaining control of his faculties, he called again and his parents sent a further Sh40,000 which he withdrew and secured in his shoes.
"Upon questioning, Kamau said that he had squandered money meant for his last semester’s school fees and was wondering how he would raise money in order to sit for his exams, hence the fake story."
He further disclosed that he had been kidnapped alongside two other students whose parents had paid their ransoms.
Detectives recovered Keh.38,600 from the student who is now in custody at Koyole police station pending arraignment.