Group of men arrested after 'violent' armed home invasion in Auckland

  • 26/01/2024

A group of men have been arrested after allegedly entering person's home armed with guns and threatening him. 

Police said four men were taken into custody after the "violent incident" in west Auckland early on Friday morning. 

Acting Det Snr Sgt Alfred Zhou, of Waitematā, said police were notified of a home invasion at an address in Massey at about 12:30am. 

"Three men, all carrying firearms, have entered the address and threatened a man before assaulting him, but no firearms were discharged during the incident. 

"The victim received minor injuries from this assault and was later attended to by ambulance staff." 

Zhou said the offenders fled the scene in a vehicle, entering the Northwestern Motorway (State Highway 16) travelling north. 

Despite several police units signalling for the driver to stop, the vehicle continued "at speed", he said. 

"We decided not to pursue due to the manner of driving but tracked the vehicle north along State Highway 1 with the help of the Police Eagle helicopter." 

One of the front tyres on the vehicle was successfully spiked near Oteha Valley but the driver continued travelling at dangerous speeds, Zhou said. 

"As the vehicle passed Moir Hill, the occupants threw out several boxes, bags and other items from the vehicle onto the Puhoi to Moir Northern Motorway, which police had closed to other motorists. 

"We were able to successfully spike the remaining front tyre on the vehicle but the driver has continued, driving on rims." 

Just before 2:30am, the vehicle eventually came to a stop near Kaiwaka and armed officers took the four occupants into custody. 

"Thankfully no one else was injured during the incident, which played out over almost 100 kilometres," Zhou said. 

Charges are being considered for the four men arrested, police said.