KAMPALA – There was drama in-front of Kampala Central Police Station on Friday afternoon as thugs attempted to rob a woman.
The thugs – numbering four and moving on two separate motorcycles attacked a woman – identified Hellen Nantambi – punching and dragging her off a boda boda at around 1:45pm – which situation attracted the attention of police officers at the CPS quarter guard as well as other motorcyclists, who intervened – only to discover that the quartet were trying to rob the lady.
The attackers scampered for safety but the crowd – including bodabodas, soldiers and police officers that had swiftly gathered within the vicinity – pursued and arrested at least three near Buganda Road Court and Hotel Triangle – dragging them to Central Police Station.
Nantambi a Staff of the Kololo-based Simba Company narrated that she saw the motorcycles moving close to her but could not suspect that she was the target. Moments later, she said, they grabbed her bag and forced her off the motorcycle.
Nantambi suspects that the thugs were tipped off and that she usually transfers money from her company to the bank.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango applauded police officers and civilians who helped to arrest three of the four thugs.
“We are going to charge these three suspects with robbery… These three will help us to trace their colleague who escaped,” said Onyango.
In 2020, the Flying Squad and Crime Intelligence units arrested more than 30 motorcycle gang robbers. These had robbed people in broad daylight at Mawanda Road, Jinja Road junction, Prince Charles Drive in Kololo, Buganda Road, Muyenga and Bugolobi.
At least three of the gang members were shot dead during the operations.