UPDATED: A 32-year-old Oslo man was arrested this week, and then another 30-year-old man, both charged with the murder of Egil Tostrup Bråten in November 2002. The first suspect arrested was also questioned when police intensified their investigation three years ago, and now, after more questioning, he’s changed his story.
The 23-year-old murder victim was found fatally injured on the sidewalk just outside the building on Nordahl Bruns gate in downtown Oslo where he rented a studio apartment. He had recently moved to Oslo from Våler in rural Hedmark County and was on his way home after meeting friends for a film at the El Dorado cinema and a pizza dinner afterwards.
No one has reported seeing Bråten attacked, but one police theory is that he was the victim of a random robbery attempt that turned violent. The investigation into his murder was never dropped, and police wouldn’t elaborate on why it was intensified in 2013.
Nor would police say what led them to their first arrest of the man who was just 18-years-old at the time of the murder. His defense attorney said his client initially denied the charges against him, but now police say he has tied himself to both the scene of the crime and the murder itself.
That led to the second arrest, on Thursday night, of the 30-year-old man who was only 16 at the time of the murder. He’s also charged with murder or contributing to the murder. “The man is from Oslo, I can’t say anything more,” Police Inspector Grete Lien Metlid told reporters Thursday night.
She did say, though, that the 30-year-old will also undergo questioning and that the 32-year-old had expressed sympathy for the murder victim’s family, who has lived with the unsolved murder case for so long. Metlid said it also “has been hard for (the 32-year-old) to bear this for 14 years.”