Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday, October 19, arrested Marcos Menza Masumbuko suspected of eloping with a 13-year-old class 8 pupil, Winnie Odhiambo Shakira.
Marcos Menza alias ‘Vasco’ 23 years old was arrested at the Mathare Police Depot in Nairobi.
It had been reported that he befriended the girl through social media before luring her to his house.
After thorough analysis of forensic evidence on social media, detectives identified him on Facebook and proved communication between the two.
Masumbuko planned and facilitated her escape from her aunt’s home and cohabited with the girl for some days.
When the girl was reported missing, Masumbuko had to shave his dreadlocks to avoid being arrested.
The Class 8 pupil had reportedly went missing from her parent’s Upper Hill home just a day to schools reopening.
Her parents had had suspicion that she had been lured by an online fraudster posing as a tutor.
They also found exam answer sheets that the unknown tutor had marked.
The DCI warned culprits who prey on minors that their evil days are soon coming to an end.
Further, the agency also asked parents to be vigilant in monitoring the sites their children are visiting especially now that more kids are taking classes online.