A 55-year-old man cheated death by a whisker last night in Nyeri county, after snatching a firearm from a robber who attacked him making away with his hard earned cash of Sh 200.
In a special case of hunter becoming the hunted, Irungu Mwangi shocked Chaka market residents by his courage, after wrestling down the assailant and snatching the firearm from him. Irungu was walking home at around 8pm last night and on reaching Chaka primary school, was accosted by a lone gunman who pointed an AK-47 assault rifle to his chest, and ordered him to lie down without hesitation, if he knew what was good for him. Irungu obliged and when the thug demanded for money, he fished out the only Sh200 note that he had and handed it to him.
The thug demanded for more money as Irungu pleaded for his life, saying that that’s all he had remaining from his day’s work. Unconvinced, the thug bent forward and began ransacking Irungu’s pockets. He stepped on his back with one foot and placed the firearm on the ground, to have unfettered access to all of Irungu’s pockets. What a terrible miscalculation from the thug who seconds later, was fighting to regain control of the firearm from Irungu, as the prey turned out to be the predator.
Irungu shoved the assailant to the ground and grabbed the firearm, leading to a brief scuffle as the thug tried to regain control of the firearm. But it was too late for him as the 55-year-old man had held the firearm tightly at the pistol grip and the hand guard, giving the thug little chances of regain the assault rifle. Luckily for him, Irungu didn’t understand the working mechanism of the firearm and as he fumbled on how to chamber a round and fire, the attacker disappeared into darkness.
When police officers arrived, it was established that the firearm, serial number AK47 S/No. KP 4915512 with a magazine loaded with 15 rounds of 7.62mm special, was stollen from Nairutia police station in Kieni West Sub-county, on April, 15, 2022 and reported vide OB 05/18/04/2022 at the same station.