Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich was arrested after a manhunt in the city of Mombasa.
Police in Kenya arrested record runner Agnes Tirop’s husband after she was stabbed to death. A case that shocked the country and the world of athletics.
The 25-year-old two-time bronze medalist was found lying on a bed in her home in Iten on Wednesday morning with stab wounds in her neck and abdomen, local media reported.
The National Police Service announced on Thursday that her husband Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich had been arrested in the coastal city of Mombasa.
The alleged killer husband of Agnes Tirop, the long-distance runner heroine who was recently murdered in her home, has been arrested .. https://t.co/hgWNI88IJa pic.twitter.com/frGv54XeFH
– National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) October 15, 2021
Police have been looking for Rotich since Wednesday after his family reported he called crying and asked God’s forgiveness for his act, the Associated Press quoted Elgeyo Marakwet County Police Chief Tom Makori as saying.
The Criminal Investigation Department said in a Twitter post that Rotich was arrested after he “rammed his gateway vehicle into a truck on the Athi River along Mombasa Street when he was desperate to escape.” [our] Trawl “.
“The suspect is currently being investigated by detectives from Changamwe Police Station for further details of the murder before being charged with murder charges,” he added.
Coastal Region Commissioner John Elungata told local media that the suspect was waiting to be transferred to Nairobi early Friday, where he will be brought to justice.
Earlier that day around noon, Rotich had rammed his getaway vehicle into a truck on the Athi River along Mombasa Road when he was desperately escaping the trawl murder,
– DCI KENIA (@DCI_Kenya) October 14, 2021
The athlete won bronze in the women’s 10,000 meters at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and came fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.
Last month, Tirop broke the world record in the 10-kilometer road race for women in Germany only and crossed the finish line in 30:01 to shorten the previous record of Asmae Leghzaoui from Morocco since 2002 by 28 seconds.
Her career began when she won the cross-country world title in 2015 at the age of 19, becoming the second youngest female world champion of all time.
“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan heroine in every way, sorely lost her young life through a criminal act immortalized by selfish and cowardly people,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement on Wednesday.