Two Kenyans, Ngatia and Muraya, Arrested in Oregon for Gun-Point Robbery


PORTLAND, Ore. A man who thought he was buying gift cards was robbed at gunpoint in southeast Portland on Sunday night, according to police.

The victim told police he was meeting someone for the private purchase of gift cards when a second man showed up, got into his car and pulled a gun on him.

The suspects were identified as two Kenyan-Born men, Nash Muraya aged 21 and Alex Ngatia ages 20, who were later arrested on Monday morning after a police pursuit.

Nash Muraya and Alex Ngatia in mug shots from Monday morning. (MCSO)

Portland Police. (KOIN)

Portland Police. (KOIN)

The investigation started around 10:30 p.m. in the 10100 block of Southeast Washington when police responded to reports of an armed robbery.

The robbery victim told police he planned on meeting a man to buy gift cards when he was robbed at gunpoint. The man who robbed him fled in a car that had two other people inside.

The car with the suspects was spotted leaving the area of the robbery shortly after it was reported. Officers stopped the car in the area of Southeast 106th and Southeast Stark, but the driver took off and a high-speed chase resulted.

Officers tell KOIN 6 News that they ended their pursuit after the driver turned off the lights and was driving recklessly.

Just after the pursuit ended, officers were able to deploy a spike strip which hit the vehicle’s tire.

The car was found abandoned in the area of 157th and Stark and police searched the area until they found the 3 suspects. The third person in the car, a woman, was released without charges.

Initially, the officers couldn’t find the gun involved in the robbery, but after searching a second time it was found on the ground near the scene.

Ngatia was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery. Police said he made the initial contact with the victim.

Muraya  was arrested on charges of robbery, attempt to elude by vehicle and attempt to elude on foot. Detectives said he is believed to be the gunman and the driver.