Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend Escapes Police Custody in Kenya

A man awaiting extradition on a Massachusetts warrant for allegedly killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in a car at a Boston airport has escaped from police custody in Nairobi, Kenya. Kevin Adam Kinyanjui Kangethe managed to slip out of the police station and flee in a privately owned minivan, according to Nairobi police chief Adamson Bungei. A search operation has been launched to locate and apprehend Kangethe.

The escape occurred when a man named John Maina Ndegwa, who claimed to be Kangethe’s lawyer, arrived at the police station and requested to speak with his client. The officers agreed and took Kangethe out of his cell, leaving him alone with Ndegwa in an office. Taking advantage of the situation, Kangethe made a run for it, leaving Ndegwa behind. Despite the officers’ pursuit, Kangethe managed to evade capture.

Four police officers who were on duty at the time of the escape are now in custody and have provided statements regarding the incident. Nairobi police chief Adamson Bungei expressed his embarrassment over the incident and assured that a thorough investigation would be conducted to determine how the escape occurred.

Kangethe, aged 40, had been detained pending a ruling on his extradition to face a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Margaret Mbitu on October 31, 2023. Massachusetts State Police had previously revealed that Kangethe left Mbitu’s body in a car at Logan International Airport before boarding a flight to Kenya. After three months on the run, Kangethe was arrested in a nightclub on January 30.

It has been reported that Kangethe claimed to have renounced his U.S. citizenship. However, if he were an American citizen, he would have been repatriated without the need for a court process. The court had approved a 30-day detention period for Kangethe while the extradition issue was being heard. On February 2, the prosecutor requested the court to endorse the U.S. warrant for Kangethe’s arrest and issue directions for the extradition proceedings.

The escape of Kangethe has raised suspicions of corruption within the police force, as similar incidents have occurred in the past. In October 2021, Masten Wanjala, who had confessed to killing 10 children in Bungoma, Kenya, escaped from police cells in Nairobi and was later beaten to death by a mob in his hometown.

Authorities are now intensifying their efforts to locate and apprehend Kangethe, working in collaboration with Massachusetts officials.

Author: CrimeDoor

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