Eric Tuyizere, 35, was arrested a day after he ambushed and robbed a woman identified as Xaverine Nyiramitero, 53, of Rwf 225,000 in Sumuyamana Village, Kinyaga cell in Nkaka sector.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said that at about 7 pm on October 19, Tuyizere ambushed Nyiramitero, who was going to buy goods in Sumuyamana trading centre.
"Tuyizere resides in the same village, and it’s likely he has been monitoring the victim and was well versed with her financial status. When she went out that evening to buy some goods, Tuyizere ambushed her along the way, assaulted her before he took all the Frw225,000 she had, good enough she managed to recognise the robber," CIP Karekezi said.
He added: "The victim immediately told the local security personnel, who trailed Tuyizere and found him in the nearby local bar drinking. Unfortunately, when the local security personnel tried to apprehend him, Tuyizere’s friends, whom he was buying alcohol, became violent to prevent his arrest, which gave room for Tuyizere to flee.
However, in partnership with Irondo and local residents, Tuyizere was located and arrested the following morning of October 20, with only Frw128,000."
CIP Karekezi explained that there have been reports of criminals, who ambush people at night in the area, steal their valubales and escape towards the nearby swamp, and Tuyizere was suspected to be part of the gang.
Tuyizere has since been handed over to RIB.
Article 168 of the law relating to offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, states that if theft is carried out with violence or threats, the penalty is an imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than seven years, and a fine of not less than Frw3 million and not more than Frw5 million.