On November 20, at about 4:am, Ezechiel Munyaneza, a commercial motorcyclist in City of Kigali transported a passenger to Gitega Sector in Nyarugenge District. Little did he know that the passenger was a thief luring him into the trap to rob his motorcycle.
On arrival at the destination, the passenger identified as Jean Claude Bizimana, 28, got off the motorcycle and started assaulting Munyaneza demanding to surrender his motorcycle.
In the process of fighting back and calling for help, residents in the neighbourhood got out of their beds and saved Munyaneza, who was at the time bleeding, and apprehended Bizimana before he could flee with the motorcycle.
Residents called the Police. Bizimana was taken into custody on charges of “theft with violence.”
He will paraded before court next week. If cound guilty, he could face imprisonment of between three and five years.
“We commend the quick response of the residents; that’s the spirit of community policing and neighbourhood watch,” Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said.
“The residents acted appropriately to save the motorcyclist, preventing theft but also apprehending the suspect without taking the law in their hands to assault him, which is a crime itself,” he added.
He appealed to the general public to always look out for each other and called Police immediately whenever they witness or suspect criminal or unlawful acts.