• DCI reported that Matara was detained at the Industrial Area Police Station after his arrest at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi where he was seeking treatment for minor injuries to his arm and leg.
The Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has released information on the ongoing investigation into the murder of Kenyan socialite, Starlet Wahu.
The late Wahu's body was discovered on Thursday morning in the fourth-floor room of Papino Apartments located in South B.
This was after a security guard reported seeing the suspect, John Matara, fleeing the scene. In their statement on Sunday evening, the DCI confirmed that the 34-year-old suspect is currently in the hands of the police and the investigation into the murder is ongoing.
Detectives also urged other survivors of the suspect's schemes to come forward and report their plight.
"While the investigation into the brutal murder of 26-year-old socialite Starlet Wahu Mwangi continues while the main suspect John Matara is in police custody, the DCI appeals to victims and survivors of the suspect's hostility to report their plight to the Criminal Investigation Bureau of Nairobi Area or the nearest police station," the DCI said in a statement.
DCI reported that Matara was detained at the Industrial Area Police Station after his arrest at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi where he was seeking treatment for minor injuries to his arm and leg.
He was arrested together with his 25-year-old friend, Anthony Nyongesa, who was helping him at the hospital.
Detectives claimed the suspect was a sexual predator who may be part of a gang targeting women on dating sites.
"Investigations are currently pointing to the possibility of a sex offender who thrives by deceiving his victims, and who may be part of a criminal network targeting women on dating sites and other social media applications," the DCI said.
They added, "While we commend those who have taken the courageous step of reporting their negative experiences with Matara and/or members of his suspected gang, we encourage more witnesses to come forward and record their statements with our detectives."
The investigators also confirmed their commitment to investigate the murder of the sister of famous pastor Victor Kanyari.
At the same time, they asked the public to beware of criminals like John Matara who pretend to be lovers but turn to those who fall into their trap.