Two violent thieves arrested in Nyaruguru

On 23 November 2020 at 08:33

Residents of Maraba in Nyagisozi Sector, Nyaruguru District, on Saturday, November 21, came to the rescue of the local business couple after they were ambushed by three violent robbers.

In response, residents apprehended two of the suspected thieves identified as Eric Rwizibura, 37, and Benoît Ntawuhiganayo, 41, and handed them over to Police at Nyagisozi station.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that on Saturday night, at about 8:30 pm, three thieves intercepted Faustin Mutabazi and his wife Claudine Mukabagire, as they were heading home.

The couple was traveling on a motorcycle when the thieves stopped them in an attempt to rob them of their valuables.

"The couple tried to fight the thieves and, in the process, also called out loud for help. Neighboring residents responded to the alarm and apprehended two of the suspected robbers, who had assaulted the couple and had injured Mukabagire in the hand with a machete.

Unfortunately, the third thief managed to escape with some of the valuables including Frw680, 000 and a smartphone was stolen from the couple," SP Kanamugire said.

The residents took the two suspects to Nyagisozi Police station and the couple was taken to Cyahinda health centre for medical care for the sustained wounds.
According to the spokesperson, one of the suspects, Eric Rwizibura was also wanted over similar crimes in Nyaruguru District, and drug trafficking.

At the time of his arrest, Rwizibura was also found in possession of one pellet of cannabis.

SP Kanamugire thanked the residents for the community policing spirit to save the couple and to apprehend the suspected violent criminals.

The search for the third suspect and recovery of the stolen valuables is still underway.
Under article 168 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, any person convicted for violent theft face between five and seven years in prison and a fine of between Frw3 million and Frw5 million