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Mugshot of the suspect from this morning's Manslaughter case at the Bella Terra Apartments 

Abiel Vigil
PHOTO: Abdiel Vigil (DOB: 04/17/1982)

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit

Information originally released on July 14th, 2020

On July 13th at around 11:25p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a shooting at the Bella Terra Apartments located at 15400 East Evans Avenue. 

Upon arrival officers found an adult male in a breezeway of one of the apartment building suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injury.  An adult male acquaintance who was with the victim at the time of the shooting, Abdiel Vigil (DOB: 04/17/1982) was taken into custody at the scene.

The preliminary investigation into this shooting found that Vigil and the victim were playing with a gun owned by Vigil, the gun discharged striking the victim in the chest and killing him.  

The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

Vigil was arrested for Manslaughter (Colorado Revised Statue 18-3-104) and is being held on a $25,000 bond. Once he has been booked into the Aurora Detention Center a mugshot will be available for release. 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
Posted by  On Jul 14, 2020 at 3:01 PM
Learn it!

A Yarn About the World - Tokyo
with Tyler

Our resident globetrotter Tyler shares his travel experiences. This time, take a trip to Tokyo! Take in the sights and learn about the city!

Have you been to Tokyo? Share your favorite travel memory in the comments! 

Posted by  On Jul 14, 2020 at 12:36 PM
Making Magic: Crafts for Kids

Swamp Monster
by Karen

Splish, splash, monster mash! Learn how to make your own swamp monster and a fun game to feed him letters and numbers! 

Posted by  On Jul 13, 2020 at 3:26 PM
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess

July's book is "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by Julie Andrews Edwards. Need a copy? Call 303.627.3050. 

 The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

Part 1 (Chapters 1 - 6) Questions 
- What do you think of Ben, Tom, and Lindy? 
- Would you believe in the Whangdoodle if a stranger told you about it? 
- How do they officially meet Professor Savant after the zoo?
- Professor Savant says that they can travel to Whangdoodle land only in their imaginations. He is teaching them to be more observant of things around them, like colors. How do you think they will use their imaginations to travel?
- Would you want to go to Whangdoodleland if you had the chance?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 
Posted by  On Jul 13, 2020 at 3:18 PM 1 Comment
(July 13, 2020) UPDATE: Our investigators have identified Julio Cesar Gonzalez as a suspect in the attack from July 11th.

A warrant was issued for Julio for one count of 1st Degree Assault. Julio is already in custody on unrelated charges. 

We are still seeking suspect information regarding the attack that occurred on July 8th. Any witnesses are urged to call Aurora Police or email  Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000. 

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department

Gonzalez, Julio
Information previously released July 11, 2019

UPDATE:  Investigators are releasing a sketch of the suspect from today's assault on the High Line Canal Trail.  The public is reminded that if they see this person that they do not approach him and call 911.

Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to call Aurora Police or email  Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000. 

Sketch of High Line Canal Assault Suspect

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit

Originally published on July 11, 2020:

The Aurora Police Department is investigating two assaults that occurred on the High Line Canal Trail in the Highland Park Neighborhood this week.

The first assault occurred on Wednesday, July 8th at around 11:30 in the morning. The female victim was riding her bike on the trail around East 2nd Avenue with her children. She was approached by an unknown man who swung a 2X4 board at her, striking her, and knocking her off her bicycle. The victim and her children were able to escape from the assailant and call police. She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

The second assault occurred today (July 11th) at around 6:00 this morning around East 1st Avenue and Moline Street. The victim was jogging down the trail when she was attacked by an unknown man who struck her several times with a board. She sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital where she is currently being treated.

The suspect in the July 8th assault is described as a black male who is approximately 6-foot-tall with curly hair. He was wearing a red shirt and black shorts at the time of the crime.

The suspect in the July 11th assault is described as a Hispanic male in his 20’s who is approximately 5’7” tall, he has an athletic build and has short black “high and tight” hair. At the time of the attack he was wearing a black shirt and black pants. He was spotted later in the morning wearing a grey sweatshirt and was seen riding a children’s bicycle.

The APD has increased patrols in the area and our officers and detectives have been canvasing the area looking for the assailants and potential witnesses to these two attacks. If the public sees either of these two individuals they are advised not to approach them and to call 911 immediately.

Anyone who has information on these two cases is asked to email Tipsters can also contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867.  By using Crime Stoppers tipsters are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

The APD is providing the following safety tips for our community to follow to help keep them and their families safe:

• Pay attention to your surroundings. Criminals tend to avoid people who appear self-assured, so walk purposefully and with confidence.

• Avoid walking at night or in dimly lit areas. If you must walk in the evening, walk in pairs whenever possible and along familiar routes.

• Trust your instincts. If you feel you are in danger, respond immediately. If you feel someone is following you or could hurt you, yell ‘Fire’ instead of ‘help.’ People are more likely to respond to your call for assistance.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit

Posted by  On Jul 13, 2020 at 12:18 PM
Read It!

**Video may contain spoilers**
Join APL staff each week for a discussion of some of their current reads! Each week they will discuss a book from a different genre. Join the discussion live on at each Friday at 1 p.m. (MST) and leave your thoughts in the comments below!

The next discussion will be at 1 p.m. on July 17, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "Commute" by Erin Williams (available instantly on

Other upcoming titles, all available instantly from hoopla digital, include:
 - July 24, "The Goblin Emperor" by Katherine Addison
- July 31, "FantasticLand" by Mike Bockoven
Posted by  On Jul 10, 2020 at 2:48 PM

Fantastical Reimaginings
Fantastical Reimaginings: "Rumpelstiltskin"
by Tess J.

Image from GoodReads

I mistakenly thought that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, known as the Brothers Grimm, had invented the story of Rumpelstiltskin but it predates them by hundreds of years! The earliest version of the tale to be found on record is Johann Fischart’s adaptation of Francois Rabelais’ French story. Fischart did a play-on-words when he renamed the tale “Rumpele stilt oder der Poppart.”. In Old German, “rumpeln” translates to “make a noise” and “stilzer” translate to “a man with a limp”. Lastly, a “poppart” means “goblin.” Overtime, the story has been rewritten many times until the name became Rumpelstiltskin in the U.S. and Germany. In other countries the same character is known as Titeliture, Batzibitzili, Panzimanzi, Whuppity Stoorie and Tom Tit Tot.
The Brothers Grimm gathered four renditions of Rumpelstiltskin and combined them into what is today’s most famous version of the tale.

The Original
A king is in search of a beautiful, rich wife. The miller proclaims that his daughter is the most beautiful in the town and can also spin gold from straw. The king demands that the miller bring his daughter to the palace and he takes the daughter to a room filled with straw, a spinning wheel and spindle. The greedy king threatens to kill her if she cannot spin the straw into gold by morning. 
Distressed, the daughter begins to weep. Suddenly, a small man appears in the room. He says he hates to see her crying so he will help in exchange for her necklace. She agrees and he spins all the straw into gold by morning. When the king comes in, he is ecstatic and takes her to a bigger room with even more straw. He threatens the same as the night before and leaves her there. Once more, the little man returns when the miller’s daughter begins to sob. This time she gives him her mother’s ring in exchange for his help turning the straw into gold. 
In the morning, the king returns to mounds of gold. He takes the miller’s daughter to an even larger room and promises to marry her if she can perform the miracle once more. The little man appears again but this time demands that she promise to give him her firstborn child for his help. She agrees because she couldn’t imagine even getting out of the room alive without the little man. Once more, he spins all the straw into gold.
The king marries the miller’s daughter and a year later she gives birth to a son. The little man returns, expecting to have the baby handed over. The queen refuses. She begins to cry again, which he cannot stand, so he allows her three days in order to guess his name. If she guesses correctly, he will not take her son. 
On the first day, she reals off every name she has every heard of. On the second day, she has a messenger give her a list of unusual names. All are wrong. Before the third day, the messenger is able to find the little man’s hut and hears a song from inside: 
“Tomorrow I brew, today I bake,
Soon the child is mine to take.
Oh what luck to win this game,
Rumpelstiltskin is my name!”
And so the queen is able to guess the little man’s name. He is so angry that he lost the game that he tears himself in half... and that is the end of the tale!

"Rumpelstiltskin" Retellings

Shelley Duval's Fairy Tail Theatre
Image from IMDB
Shelley Duvall’s “Fairy Tale Theatre”

This was probably my first experience with the story of Rumpelstiltskin. Shelley Duvall hosted and performed in the television series called “Fairy Tale Theatre” and the second episode of the second season she played the role of the miller’s daughter/queen in Rumpelstiltskin. This version of the tale is almost exactly the same as the Brother’s Grimm edition. There are few additional characters, such as the king’s wizard advisor and the scenes are a more drawn out with more dialogue. Yet all the details are the same, down to the names the queen guesses during her three day trial. 

Spinning Silver
Image from Amazon
"Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik
Available via OverDrive and curbside pickup

“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik is an adult retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. The recognizable tale of Rumpelstiltskin takes place within the first quarter of the novel; the rest the story is filled with Russian mythology and Jewish culture. Within the first quarter of the book, Marina takes over her father’s duties as money-lender and becomes so good at it that she is able to earn more than she makes just from money-lending interest. She accepts material goods to pay down debt and sells those goods at market for double their worth. In this way, she turns silver into gold. One night, on the way home from market, Marina brags about this talent not realizing the Winter King was listening. Under threat, he forces her to turn three bags of silver into gold. She does this by making a deal with the blacksmith, who is able to forge the melted silver into beautiful jewelry, which Marina then sells for gold. This satisfies the Winter King, who will not reveal his name, to remove the threat he had made but he takes Marina to his winter kingdom and the story continues from there, no longer resembling "Rumpelstiltskin". I greatly enjoyed this twisted fairy tale. 

Image from Amazon
“Spin: the Rumpelstiltskin Musical” 
Available on hoopla digital

This is a very silly, musical adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin. The town is very poor and lowly. The king is weak and bullied by his two step-sisters. Rumpelstiltskin is not a villain but a lonely, tricky creature that longs for friendship. One day, the miller sings boastfully that his daughter, Jane, can turn straw into gold. The king’s step-sisters hear of it, brings the miller and Jane to the castle and locks her away to spin. She cannot and Rumpelstiltskin, who heard everything, comes to her rescue. The story is similar in that Jane offers Rumpelstiltskin her necklace, then her ring. On the third night, the King finally puts a stop to his step-sisters' greed and tells Jane she only need to spin one more time. Rumpelstiltskin asks for her firstborn child and she agrees thinking she’ll never have a baby anyway.
The king professes his love to Jane after the third day of spinning, they marry, the kingdom becomes prosperous, and the step-sisters calm down. Everyone is happy until Jane has a baby boy and Rumpelstiltskin comes to collect him. Again, the story plays out similar to the original. Jane must guess his name in order to keep her son. Everyone goes out collecting names but the jester wanders into the woods and overhears Rumpelstiltskin singing about his name. The jester returns to the queen and tells her what he heard. She guesses his name correctly and the fact that Rumpelstiltskin only wanted a companion is discovered. They embrace him into the fold and he stays at the palace, finally earning himself some friends. 

“Rumpelstiltskin.” YouTube, uploaded by Lee Miller, 25 August, 2016.

Grimm, J. & Grimm, W. “Rumpelstiltskin”. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, edited by Maria Tatar, W.W. Norton & Company, 2002, p. 123-130.

Heiner, H.A. (2002) History of Rumpelstiltskin. SurLaLune Fairy Tales. Retrieved on May 15, 2020.

Posted by  On Jul 10, 2020 at 2:34 PM

Today, July 3rd, 2020, Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson announced the termination of three employees after the internal investigation determined their involvement with selfie photographs taken at the memorial site for Elijah McClain on October 20th, 2019.

Chief Wilson terminated Erica Marrero, Kyle Dittrich, and Jason Rosenblatt. Former employee, Jaron Jones, resigned on June 30th, 2020 prior to the pre-disciplinary hearing.

Chief Wilson was made aware of the allegation on Thursday, June 25th, 2020 after an uninvolved officer saw the photo and reported it to a supervisor. The involved officers were immediately placed on Administrative Leave and an Internal Affairs Investigation was initiated.

Chief Wilson understands the devastating impact this incident has had on the relationship between the community and the Department. She believes that transparency is paramount in beginning to rebuild that relationship. Therefore, Internal Affairs File 20-25 can be found by clicking HERE.


WHAT: Press Conference Reference Photo Investigation Update
WHEN: July 3rd, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center, Aurora Room
WHO:  Interim Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson
CONTACT:  Detective Faith Goodrich, Public Information Officer, Media Relations Unit, 720.432.5095

This press conference will be held in the Aurora Municipal Building Aurora Room, which is a secure facility.  The media is asked to arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. and to bring your media credentials for admittance. See the parking map and use Visitor Parking Lot B. Call the on-call PIO number when you arrive and a representative of the Media Relations Unit will escort you into the building.  The event will be live-streamed on Twitter (@AuroraPD).

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we ask that everyone wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines.  Due to these restrictions we can only allow one pool video camera, one pool still camera at this event, and only one reporter per media outlet.  Members of the media who plan on attending, please RSVP to

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Information previously released on June 29th, 2020

Please see below statement from Interim Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson:

"Thursday afternoon, I was apprised of allegations reported to Internal Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging multiple Aurora Police officers were depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died. All involved officers were immediately placed on administrative leave with pay in non-enforcement capacities.  

I immediately ordered Internal Affairs to make this investigation their top priority.  This accelerated investigation was completed this evening.

This investigation will be publicly released in its entirety promptly upon its conclusion.  This will include reports, photographic evidence obtained, officer’s names, and my final determination which can rise to the level of termination."

Interim Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson

Posted by  On Jul 08, 2020 at 4:02 PM
Create & DIY for adults

Embroidery Patch
By Tessy

Picking up a new hobby? Try embroidery by creating an adorable embroidered cactus patch!

Click here for the cactus template.

- embroidery hoop
- embroidery linen (or other fabric)
- embroidery needles
- embroidery thread
- scissors
- safety pin
- felt
-hot glue gun

Posted by  On Jul 08, 2020 at 11:15 AM
(July 7th, 2020) Early this morning at approximately 12:12 A.M., Aurora Police Officers were called to the area of East Colfax Avenue and North Beeler Street on reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a mid 30’s female on the ground who had been shot and was deceased. In the immediate vicinity of the female, Officers found another victim, an adult male, who also had been shot. The male was transported to an area hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries.

Both victims’ identities will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once they has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. At this early stage in the investigation, it is unknown what led up to the incident and there is no suspect information.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at 303.739.6077 or they can remain anonymous by contacting Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Posted by  On Jul 07, 2020 at 3:17 AM
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