Mangochi Police Station is keeping in custody three men on suspicion that they robbed a businesswoman a sum of K2.2 Million and Samsung J1 phone on the night of September 30, 2021 at Malombe.
Mangochi Police Spokesperson Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi has confirmed about the arrests and identified the suspects as Watson Kachingwe, 27, Balon Wyson, 27 and Maxwell Matope, 33.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that on the said day the three and others who are still on the run were armed with unidentified rifle and broke into a house of Hajra Champion, 20 a businesswoman while she was asleep.
They demanded money from the victim while torturing her. They also shot on the foot of one of the neighbours who came to rescue the victim after she screamed.
As if that was not enough, the suspects also assaulted the victim’s mother who sustained a dislocation on her left hand before they fired bullets to scare away the neighborhood and fled with the cash and phone.
The incident was reported at Malombe Police Unit and the victims were taken to Mangamba Health Centre before being referred to Machinga District Hospital where they were treated.
After being in hiding for six months, the first suspect was arrested on April 13, 2022 at Mangamba area after he was traced through Whatsap application while using the same number and the stolen phone and the owner alerted Police.
This also led to the arrest of two more suspects and police are still investigating to arrest the remaining suspects and recover the stolen cash and rifle which was used during their operation.
All suspects hail from Traditional Authority Chowe in Mangochi.