“Suspected killer husband of Agnes Tirop, the lengthy distance runner heroine not too long ago murdered at her house, has been arrested,” the Nationwide Police Service-Kenya mentioned in a press release on Twitter on Friday.
“The suspect, one Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich, who has been on the run with police on scorching path, was nabbed in Mombasa by diligent police detectives,” learn the assertion.
The NPS mentioned Rotich is being held at Changamwe Police Station and was “awaiting switch to Iten the place he is anticipated to face prosecution.”
The NPS added that Rotich was arrested together with one other suspect, Silas Chilla Chellile, and that each people had been serving to the police with their investigations.
Rotich was arrested on Thursday in Changamwe, Mombasa county, as he “tried to flee a neighboring nation to evade justice,” the Directorate of Prison Investigations-Kenya mentioned in a press release on Twitter.
“Earlier within the day [Thursday] at round midday, Rotich had rammed his getaway automobile right into a lorry at Athi River, alongside Mombasa highway, as he desperately escaped out dragnet,” mentioned the DCI.
Tirop gained bronze medals within the 10,000m on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and completed 4th within the 5,000m on the Tokyo Video games.
Final month, the 25-year-old made historical past by taking 28 seconds off the long-standing, women-only world document for 10km on the Adizero Street To Information occasion in Germany.
Tirop completed in a time of 30:01, breaking the earlier document of 30:29, which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
Following the race, she mentioned, “I am so comfortable to have damaged the world document. I felt the tempo was good. The course was superb, too.”
On the 2015 IAAF World Cross Nation Championships, Tirop grew to become the second-youngest ever gold medalist within the ladies’s race after Zola Budd.
Athletics Kenya mentioned the nation had “misplaced a jewel who was one of many fastest-rising athletics giants on the worldwide stage, because of her eye-catching performances.”