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(February 2) One teenage girl is dead after an automobile versus pedestrian crash on East Colfax Avenue.

On February 1, 2023, at 8:30 p.m. Aurora 911 began receiving calls about a crash at the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and Moline Street involving two teenage pedestrians.

A boy and girl, both 15-years-old, were transported to the hospital. The girl was suffering from life-threatening injuries and tragically died from her injuries last night. The boy had serious injuries and is expected to survive. The identity of the girl will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once next of kin has been notified.

The Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigation responded to the scene and closed East Colfax Avenue for several hours so they could collect evidence, photograph the scene, and take necessary measurements. The initial investigation revealed a Jeep Wrangler was traveling eastbound on East Colfax Avenue. The pedestrians were crossing East Colfax Avenue, walking from the north side of the street to the south. The pedestrians were in the crosswalk, crossing Colfax against traffic, while the Jeep had the right-of-way.

While neither intoxication nor speed appear to be contributing factors, the investigation is ongoing. If you witnessed the crash or have any information, and you have not already spoken to investigators, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

This is the 3rd traffic related fatality of 2023.

Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 02, 2023 at 12:16 PM
  
(January 30) An Aurora man already in jail on drug distribution allegations faces new charges after a month-long Aurora Police Department investigation connected him to the overdose death of a child.

Cesar Eduardo Mejia-Sanabria, 28, of Aurora was initially arrested on Dec. 20, 2022, on five counts of felony drug distribution charges. He was charged Wednesday by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office with additional allegations of child abuse knowingly and recklessly causing death, and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.

The charges stem from Dec. 11, 2022, when Aurora police officers responded to a report of a fatal drug overdose. The victim was 14 years old.

The Aurora Police Department is not releasing any additional information about the victim because they are a minor.

Investigators from Aurora’s Narcotics, Crimes Against Children and Gang Intervention units launched a joint investigation, identifying Mejia-Sanabria as a local narcotics dealer and a possible source of the fatal Fentanyl. On Dec. 20, investigators conducted a controlled operation resulting in the arrest of Mejia-Sanabria, as well as the seizure of 21.6 grams of Fentanyl, or approximately 220 pills, and 5.4 grams of methamphetamine.

Investigators continued pursuing leads for the next month. Cellphone data collected from the devices of both the suspect and the victim established enough probable cause to show Mejia-Sanabria was the source of the fatal Fentanyl, leading to the filing this week of additional charges.

“The dedicated investigative teams committed themselves to bring justice to a child victim in this case,” said Lt. Chris Poppe of Aurora police’s Investigative Services Section. “The partnership between Crimes Against Children detectives and undercover investigators, using a combination of traditional investigative techniques and covert tactics, brought this investigation to a successful conclusion and prevented this criminal from further victimizing our community.”

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

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Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 30, 2023 at 3:24 PM
  
(January 27) Aurora Police Officers arrested a man in connection with yesterday's fatal hit and run crash.

Daniel Saenz-Moreno, 27-years-old, was arrested yesterday and will face one charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death. This case will be filed into the 17th Judicial District.

This investigation is still ongoing to determine any contributing factors to this crash and detectives are asking anyone with information, who have not yet spoken to investigators, to reach out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

Daniel Saenz-Moreno


Information previously released

(January 26) One man is dead after a hit and run crash on Peoria Street.

On January 26, 2023, at 5:56 a.m. Aurora 911 began receiving calls about a crash at the intersection of Peoria Street and East 19th Avenue involving a pedestrian. Officers arrived on scene and found a man lying in the roadway suffering from life-threatening injuries. The man was transported to the hospital but sadly, he died from his injuries.

The identity of the pedestrian will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once next of kin have been notified.

The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit responded to the scene and closed Peoria Street for several hours so they could collect evidence, photograph the scene, and take necessary measurements. The initial investigation revealed a large SUV was traveling southbound on Peoria Street. A pedestrian was crossing from at the East 19th Avenue intersection, walking west to east. The driver of the SUV struck the pedestrian at the intersection of Peoria Street and East 19th Avenue, fatally injuring him. After striking the pedestrian, the driver drove away from the scene, failing to render aid. The involved vehicle was located nearby a short time later, but the driver remains unidentified at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and will determine if any additional factors contributed to the crash. If you witnessed the crash or have any information about the identity of the driver, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

This is the 2nd traffic related fatality of 2023.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 27, 2023 at 8:29 AM
  
(January 19) Aurora Police Officers have arrested a man in connection to a fatal stabbing on East Mississippi Avenue.

Brandon Saguilan-Patricio, 27, was arrested Wednesday night on one count of first degree murder. Saguilan-Patricio was taken into custody without incident thanks to District 1 Patrol, the Direct Action Response Team (DART), APD’s K-9 Unit and the APD SWAT Team.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. Any additional information about the incident would be obtained from the district attorney’s office.

If you have information about the incident, and have not yet spoken to investigators, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Saguilan-Patricio, Brandon


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(January 11) The Aurora Police Department is investigating a stabbing that left one man dead near Mississippi and Havana.

Just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a report of a stabbing near 10955 East Mississippi Avenue. Once on scene, officers found a man suffering from apparent stab wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene a short time later.

Official cause and manner of death, along with the identity of the man, will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after an autopsy and notification of next of kin.

The circumstances leading up to the stabbing are still under investigation and detectives are actively pursuing leads. The relationship between the deceased and the suspect are not yet known. As of Wednesday morning, no arrests had been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). By submitting your tips through Crime Stoppers, tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 19, 2023 at 3:51 PM
  
(January 18) After months of hard work, the Aurora Police Department is pleased to announce an arrest in this June 2022 homicide. 

The Department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) has been working diligently since this homicide to identify anyone that was involved in this incident. Today, we are announcing the arrest of Darrion Rouse, 28, of Aurora. Darrion has been arrested on one count of first-degree murder. The charges will be filed into the 18th Judicial District. We want to thank the dedication of the detectives assigned to this case and our Fugitive and SWAT Teams for finding and apprehending Darrion.

If you have information about this incident, and have not yet spoken to investigators, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Darrion Rouse


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(June 24) On June 20, 2022 at about 8:27 p.m. Aurora Police Department responded to reports of a shooting near E Alameda Avenue and South Jamaica Street. When officers arrived on scene, they found an adult male in a gold VW Jetta suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital by Aurora Fire Rescue. 

The male remained in the hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries on June 23, 2022. The male has been identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office as Jeremiah Lashae Quashawn Cannady.

Detectives from the Major Crime Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are the lead investigators for this incident. The facts and circumstances leading up to the incident are still unknown but are being investigated. 

If you were driving in this area around 8:27 p.m. on the night of the shooting and have a dash camera, we are requesting you review your footage. If you have video of the incident or any information about this homicide, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7807, tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Officer Elizabeth McGregor
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 18, 2023 at 2:03 PM
  
The following city of Aurora facilities and programs are reporting cancellations or closures because of the winter weather forecast Jan. 17-18, 2023. Please check back to this page for updates, and note that the information below is subject to change. At this time, Aurora municipal offices are scheduled to be open.  Aurora Animal Shelter - closed Wednesday, Jan. 18 (for emergencies that cannot wait until Thursday, please call 303.627.3100) Aurora Center for Active Adults - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 Aurora Fox Arts Center - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18; any morning programming is canceled Aurora History Museum - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18; all morning programming is canceled Aurora Municipal Court - closed Wednesday, Jan. 18; defendants will be contacted to reschedule court appointments Aurora Public Library - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, at all branch locations; all morning programming is canceled Aurora Reservoir - closed Wednesday, Jan. 18 Beck Recreation Center - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 Bicentennial Art Center - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18; all morning programming canceled Central Recreation Center - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 Golf Courses - closed Wednesday, Jan. 18 Moorhead Recreation Center - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 Plains Conservation Center - closed Wednesday, Jan. 18 Preschools - closed Wednesday, Jan. 18 Southeast Recreation Center & Fieldhouse - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 Utah Indoor Pool - opening at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18 Ward VI Town Meeting - Jan. 18 meeting rescheduled to 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at City of Aurora Public Safety Training CenterNote
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 17, 2023 at 6:52 PM
  
(January 12) An off-duty Aurora police officer has been placed on immediate and indefinite suspension without pay following his arrest.

On January 11, 2023, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Aurora911 received a call about a physical fight in the 15900 block of East Briarwood Circle. Aurora police responded and learned one of the individuals involved was off-duty Aurora police officer Douglas Harroun. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office was requested to respond to conduct the investigation.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office arrested Harroun, who was booked into the Arapahoe County Detention Center on felony charges.

The Aurora Police Department has opened an Internal Affairs investigation related to this incident. Harroun was placed on immediate and indefinite suspension without pay as outlined in city charter 3-16(8)(j).

“The alleged actions Wednesday night are inconsistent with the Aurora Police Department’s core values,” said Chief Art Acevedo. “We want to thank our partners at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office’s for responding and taking the lead on the investigation.”

Harroun was hired in 2020. Before Wednesday night’s incident, he was involved in a non-fatal officer-involved shooting on December 31, 2022. Harroun was placed on paid administration leave following that incident.

As the investigating agency, any additional information about the arrest should be obtained from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 12, 2023 at 12:52 PM
  
(January 10) One man is dead after a single vehicle crash on East Montview Boulevard.

On January 10, 2023, at 7:54 p.m. Aurora 911 began receiving calls about a crash at the intersection of East Montview Boulevard and Fitzsimons Parkway involving an SUV.

Officers arrived on scene and found the driver, and only occupant, suffering from life-threatening injuries. The man was transported to the hospital but sadly, he died from his injuries.

The identity of the deceased driver will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once next of kin have been notified.

The Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigation responded to the scene and closed East Montview and Fitzsimons for several hours so they could collect evidence, photograph the scene, and take necessary measurements. The initial investigation revealed a Nissan SUV was traveling eastbound on East Montview Boulevard at a high rate of speed. The driver of the SUV proceeded straight through the Fitzsimons intersection, striking the retaining wall on the east side of the roadway. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The investigation is ongoing and will determine if any additional factors contributed to the crash. If you witnessed the crash or have any information, and you have not already spoken to investigators, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

This is the 1st traffic related fatality of 2023.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 10, 2023 at 9:19 PM
  
(January 7) The Aurora Police Department is investigating a shooting stemming from a domestic violence argument that left two people dead in District 3.

Just before 3 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a report of domestic violence with a possible shooting in the 3500 block of South Pitkin Circle. Once on scene, officers found a 42-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman in the driveway suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. They were later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Official cause and manner of death, along with the identities of the man and the woman, will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after an autopsy and notification of next of kin.

There were two children in the home at the time of the shooting, a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old. Both were unharmed.

Preliminary evidence suggests the incident was a likely murder-suicide. The incident remains under investigation by the Aurora Police Department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 07, 2023 at 10:44 AM
  
(January 5) An Aurora Police Department Narcotics Unit investigation ended last week with the arrest of a suspected drug dealer and the seizure of more than 8 kilograms of Fentanyl.

Hernan Soria Ramirez, 24, was arrested last Thursday, Dec. 29 on charges of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, both felonies. The charges stem from a four months-long investigation into the local distribution of counterfeit Oxycodone pills laced with Fentanyl.Photo of seized Fentanyl pills.

The investigation launched in September when narcotics investigators received information Ramirez was advertising illicit drugs for sale through various social media platforms. Investigators conducted several controlled operations to confirm Ramirez was a distributor.

The investigation culminated last Thursday with Ramirez’s arrest and the search of his home and two vehicles in the 20500 block of East Buchanan Drive. The investigation yielded the seizure of more than 80,000 pills, or 8.3 kilograms, of Fentanyl-laced counterfeit Oxycodone, another 500 grams of suspected Xanax and $1,884 in cash. The estimated street value of the seized pills is more than $200,000.

“We have documented cases throughout the state of people overdosing on just one pill of Fentanyl,” said Kevin Barnes, commander of the Aurora Police Department’s Special Operations Bureau. “By arresting Mr. Ramirez and removing this poison from our streets, our investigators have effectively saved as many as 80,000 lives.”

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

To view a video report about this investigation, visit the Aurora Police Department's YouTube page.

Booking photo

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 05, 2023 at 1:05 PM
  
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