Machakos County police were searching for five armed robbers on Tuesday night who stole Equity Bank branch in the town of Matuu and stole weapons from security guards.
The robbers, who were armed with pistols, were said to have previously placed themselves near the bank, where they monitored the movements of the two policemen before the attack.
The group attacked the police woman at the door before entering the bank hall where they confronted another police officer.
The gang then entered the bank hall where they confronted another police officer, pointing a gun at him and ordering him to surrender, as customers rushed to safety.
“An argument ensued in which they kicked his genitals when he resisted their attempts to grab a gun,” said a woman who sold vegetables from the side of the road.
CCTV footage shows the uniformed officer identified as Patrick Omusebe struggling with thieves at the bank’s gate. He eventually lost the weapon, also carrying 30 rounds.
According to a police report on a mid-morning robbery that was reported to Matuu Police Station by Equity Bank Branch Manager Michael Muriithi Gachanja, under the memorandum of event book number 15/27 / 07/2021, the The man had bruises on his hands complaining of pain in his genitals.
“Her colleague (Ms. Dorothy Opili) also sustained injuries to her hips and bruises on her left arm. The two officers were taken to Matuu level 4 hospital for treatment and are said to be in good condition,” a police report said. .
After defeating the two policemen, the gang ordered everyone in the bank hall, including several students who were in line to set tuition fees, to go to bed.
At least five customers said they lost money to the gang, and an undisclosed amount of money was taken from one of the bank’s spokespersons.
The robbery lasted about 10 minutes, with the gang fleeing on foot through residential real estate.
The security team, in response to an alarm, arrived shortly afterwards, but officers were turned away by bullets from inside the bank.
“For about 15 minutes there was a heated argument between our officers and the robbers who later managed to escape. One thief was shot but managed to escape,” Matuu Police Commander Mary Njoki said.
“All the commanders are awake this morning at Matuu Equity Bank.” A warning issued by Machakos police after the incident read.
“OCS Matuu is on his heels. The robbers can use motorcycles to escape our areas coz they are on foot. The same change for all officers on the ground,” he added.
Equity Bank issued a statement confirming the robbery, saying no one was injured and the bank’s covers were not inspected.
“We had a frustrating incident this morning ,Please note thaT, about access to permits at the bank hall of our Matuu branch. Security agencies, led by local governments, are at the scene to investigate, “the bank said in a statement.
Senior police officers in the area, led by Machakos County Commander Issa Mohamoud, fled the bank, which was closed.