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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Police investigating the homicide of Brian James, who was shot inside a Glass Rd, Mt Roskill address on 23rd December 2021, have made a significant breakthrough.

Auckland City detectives, with assistance from Hawkes Bay officers, have arrested and taken into custody a 33-year-old Auckland man, who was located at a Napier address overnight.

The man has been charged with the murder of Brian James and has also been charged with Wounding With Intent to Injure in relation to two other victims of the alleged attack.

He will be appearing in the Hastings District Court this afternoon.

Police are still looking for a second offender and have obtained a Warrant to Arrest for Sam Junior Angelo Thomsen (pictured), known as Angelo. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Thomsen is described as a male Pacific Islander, is aged 42 years old, and has a tribal tattoo on his right upper arm.

Thomsen is considered dangerous and should not be approached by the public. If you see him, phone 111 immediately.

“I want to acknowledge the investigation team, who has put in some long hours working right through the Christmas and New Year period on what was a ‘whodunnit’ homicide,” says Detective Inspector Scott Beard.

“While it’s good to have made an arrest in this case, our investigation is ongoing and our focus is firmly on locating Sam Thomsen.

“The family of Brian James are relieved and grateful at the progress being made. Understandably this has been a very difficult time for the family, who are still grieving for a loved one who was killed right before Christmas.” 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Sam Junior Angelo Thomsen is asked to phone Police on 105, quoting file number 211224/4140, or you can provide information anonymously by phoning Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.


Nick Baker/NZ Police