A statement shared by DCI indicated that the three, who were working in cahoots, accosted the ladies at Capitol Hill Estate in Ruai, Nairobi.
The two, who were identified as Anne Wanjiru and Lilian Mueni, were in the company of Sergeant Samuel Mutuku, a police officer from the Administrative Police Service (APS) who was also headed to his workplace at the time.
While witnessing the incident, Mutuku unholstered his firearm, a ceska semi-automatic pistol, loaded with enough rounds of 9mm and ordered the thugs surrender.
In retaliation, the three thugs attacked him. He opened fire, seriously injuring one of them.
“Two ladies who were headed to work this morning are lucky to be alive after they survived an attack by three gun-toting thugs, at Capitol Hill estate near summer city in Ruai.
“A police officer from our sister service, APS, Sergeant Samuel Mutuku, was headed to work when he witnessed the daring attack. He swiftly unholstered his firearm a ceska semi-automatic pistol, loaded with enough rounds of 9mm and ordered the thugs to slowly lift up their hands in surrender, lest he opens fire,” read the statement in part.
Two of the thugs attempted to get away on a motorbike but it was defective forcing them to flee on foot.
Members of the public, who witnessed the robbery, attacked the wounded thug before a stolen mobile phone was recovered from him.
The motorcycle was impounded by the police while a long sword and a machete were recovered.
This comes a day after two thugs in Nairobi were forced to swim through sewer after detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) caught them red-handed robbing a commuter.
One of the three thugs was gunned down while the two escaped with gunshot wounds.
The incident, which occurred in the wee hours of Sunday Morning, saw the marauding gang stage a robbery in the Harmony area of Dandora, Nairobi County.