Ibrahim Rotich, the husband of slain Olympic runner Agnes Tirop, has been arrested and is set to be charged for the murder of his wife. According to a report by Mutwiri Mutuota and Gerald Imray of the Associated Press, Rotich was arrested by Kenyan police after a nationwide manhunt, which ended in the coastal city of Mombosa.
Rotich was arrested just before 9 p.m. local time on Thursday after escaping an initial attempt by officers to apprehend him approximately 285 miles from Mombosa. Rotich engaged in a car chase with authorities, which ended when he crashed his vehicle into a truck. Rotich was arrested alongside another man who was traveling with him and had possession of Tirop's cell phone.
Tirop, a rising star in Kenyan athletics who recently finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics, was found dead in her home in Iten after being stabbed multiple times in the abdomen. Rotich became the prime suspect after going on the run and allegedly confessing to his family through a phone call that he had done "something terrible."
At the time of Tirop's killing, she and her husband had allegedly been estranged from each other. However, their families had convinced them to try and reconcile, and the two had apparently met this week in order to do that.
Tirop, who was 25 years old at the time of her death, was a bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters 2017 and 2019 world championships and the second-youngest athlete to ever win the world cross-country title, which she claimed in 2015 at the age of 19. Last month, Tirop had broken the world record for the women-only 10 kilometer road race.
In honor of Tirop, the Kenyan track federation has suspended all of its national events for the next two weeks.