Police in Kabarnet, Baringo Central are holding a 23-year-old college student who is alleged to have stabbed another student over unclear circumstances.
Regan Rono, a first year student at Baringo Technical College Kapsoo was arrested at 9 pm in his hideout in their Seretunin home after stabbing Alex Kiptoo on the neck and disappearing.
While confirming the incident, Baringo Central Sub-County police commander Francis Gachoki, said the suspect had taken off after committing the crime on Monday evening and switched off his mobile phone in an attempt to cover his tracks.
Gachoki further added that a witness, Mercy Kendagor, who reported the case said that both the suspect and the victim, who is her brother, were at her rented house near the college when the incident happened.
“We received report from Ms Kendagor that his brother had been stabbed by a person known to her at her house at around 7pm,” the officer said.
Gachoki said the lady claimed that Rono was infuriated after she declined to be in a relationship with him and opted for vengeance.
According to the witness statement, on that very day, Kendagor received a call from the suspect informing him that he was going to visit her around 7 pm.
“Upon receiving the news the lady informed her brother to come to her aid since she felt the man was upto no good, the brother made it on time to protect his sibling but the suspect entered the house holding a knife ready to stab Ms Kendagor,” Gachoki added.
As he tried to stab the lady, Kiptoo shielded her thus getting the injuries on his neck, he was then rushed to the nearby dispensary where he received first Aid before being taken to Baringo County Referral Hospital for treatment.
The police confirmed that Kendagor had previously reported to school authorities that the suspect had issued threats to her and no action was taken.
The school principal, Josephat Kipkemboi remained cagy on the matter saying that he together with his deputy was in a workshop at the time of the incident.
Detectives have commenced their investigations and are currently interviewing witnesses as they wait for the victim to recuperate before they can present him to court for prosecution.