A man and his daughter have been arrested in connection with the murder of a businessman in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.

Charles Macharia and his daughter Jane Wanjiku, a waitress at a hotel in Nanyuki, were arrested Tuesday at a petrol station in Kirwara, Gatanga Constituency in Murang’a County.

Acting on a tip-off, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) laid an ambush leading to the arrests.

According to police, the two suspects were found in possession of a vehicle stolen from the deceased. Detectives also recovered electronic goods stolen from the deceased from the house belonging to the suspects.

“Detectives acted swiftly on receiving information about the stolen car & laid an ambush. After a short while, it was spotted being driven to a Petrol Station in Kirwara, Gatanga & the driver(Charles Macharia) arrested. The vehicle & all stolen electronics from the deceased recovered,” said the DCI in a tweet on Tuesday evening.

“The suspects were found in possession of the deceased’s motor vehicle and other electronics in their house in Gatanga.”

Laikipia County Criminal Investigations Officer Peter Muinde said detectives traced the car signal to a place called Kirwara in Thika Sub-County.

He said Jane Wanjiku is believed to have been the girlfriend of the deceased as they were often seen together and she would frequent his house.

The body of the deceased businessman, George Gachibi, was found lying in a pool of blood on Tuesday at 9 am by his employees who had gone to check on him at his house after he failed to answer to their calls and had not reported at his business.

The main door to his rented house had been broken and left open.

The two suspects were detained at Thika Police Station while the body of the deceased was moved to Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary as investigations continue.