Kenyan police have arrested the husband and suspect of record-smashing Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, who was found stabbed to death in the stomach at her home on Wednesday.
According to report, Tirop’s husband Ibrahim Rotich was busted on Thursday in the coastal city of Mombasa. The police said he was trying to flee the country.
Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations said that he would be arraigned to answer murder charges.
“We are still investigating the matter before a decision to take him to court is made,” David Kahinga, a local police official, told journalists in Mombasa.
“Some issues are still being looked into, but the law requires us to produce a suspect within 24 hours of arrest, and we shall comply,” said Kahinga, who is the officer in charge at the Changamwe police station where the suspect is being held.
Last month, Tirop broke the women-only 10-km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 minutes to shave 28 seconds from the previous record set nearly two decades ago.
Less than two weeks ago, on Oct. 3 Tirop finished second in the Giants Geneva 10K race.
She also claimed bronze medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000 metre race, and won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.