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(April 25) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal auto pedestrian crash that occurred near S. Havana Street and E. Virginia Avenue.

On Monday, April 25th, 2022, at about 8:55 p.m., Aurora Police received calls about a crash involving a pedestrian near the intersection of S. Havana Street and E. Virginia Avenue. When officers and Aurora Fire Rescue arrived on scene they found an adult female lying in the roadway.  Sadly, the female was pronounced deceased on scene.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a Jeep Cherokee was traveling north on Havana Street when they struck the pedestrian that was crossing the roadway just south of Virginia Avenue.  The driver of the Jeep remained on scene and was cooperative with the officers.  

It is early in the investigation and there are still many steps to be completed. The Aurora Police Traffic Section will determine the circumstances of the crash and if criminal charges are appropriate.  At this time, it is unknown if speed or intoxication were a factor in the crash.  

The identification of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and their next-of-kin have been notified.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash, and have not yet spoken to investigators.  

This is the 16th traffic related fatality this year.  

Acting Lt. Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 25, 2022 at 9:53 PM
  
(April 24) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal auto pedestrian crash that occurred near E. Colfax Avenue and N. Moline Street.  

On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, at about 10:11p.m., Aurora Police responded a crash involving a pedestrian near the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and N. Moline Street.  The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with serious injuries which sadly, they did not survive.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota FJ Cruiser was traveling east on E. Colfax Avenue just west of N. Moline Street when they struck an adult male pedestrian that was crossing the roadway.  The driver of the Toyota has been identified and cooperative with officers. 

It is unknown if speed or intoxication were a factor in the crash.  This is an open and ongoing investigation, the Aurora Police Traffic Section will determine the circumstances of the crash and if criminal charges are appropriate at the conclusion of the investigation. 


The identifications of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and their next-of-kin have been notified.

We ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash, and has not yet spoken to police, to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section.

Acting Lt. Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 24, 2022 at 12:31 AM
  
(April 14) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of a 20-year-old after a man dies following a shooting this afternoon.

On April 14, 2022, about 3:24 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the area of South Laredo Street and East Dartmouth Avenue on reports of a shooting. Officers located a 19-year-old man inside of a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. This man was transported to the hospital and tragically pronounced deceased about two hours later. It was initially reported to officers on scene that the man shot himself.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be conducting this investigation. Detectives interviewed numerous people and collected evidence on the scene, to include a handgun. During these interviews, it was learned that the victim was shot by someone else in the vehicle while they were in the parking lot located at 17090 East Quincy Avenue.

Detectives have arrested 20-year-old Kevin Altamirano (9/21/2001) and charged him with manslaughter. A booking photo is below. This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The Major Crimes Homicide Unit is asking for anyone who witnessed this, and have not yet spoken to police, to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the victim's name after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Booking Photo
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 15, 2022 at 7:57 AM
  
(April 9, 2022) The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a fatal traffic crash that killed two last night.

On April 8th, 2022 at approximately 8:13p.m. Aurora Police and Fire Rescue responded to a crash involving four cars and an electric bicycle at North Chambers Road and East 6th Avenue.  

Traffic Investigators believe that a Red Honda CRV was traveling northbound in the 500 block of North Chambers Road when it crossed the center median and travelled into the southbound lanes of traffic.  The suspect vehicle struck an electric bicycle at the entrance of a shopping center on the westside of the roadway. The rider of the bicycle was able to dismount before the collision and left the scene. The suspect vehicle continued to travel northbound and struck a Honda CRV that was traveling eastbound on East 6th Avenue. The suspect vehicle then struck two other vehicles that were stopped for the red light in the southbound lanes of Chambers Road.

Tragically, a 41-year-old women who was in the CRV that was struck by the suspect was killed and pronounced deceased at the scene. A 43-year-old man, a 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy who were in the CRV were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The 5-year-old girl later died  from her injuries at the hospital. The man remains in critical condition and the boy was treated and released. The occupants of the other vehicles were not injured. 

The suspect in this crash, Juan Pablo Pasqal-Licea of Aurora was also transported to a local hospital for treatment. Once he was treated and released he was arrested for Vehicular Homicide and Driving While Under the Influence.  He is currently in-custody at the Aurora Detention Center.

The names of the victims will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once they have been positively identified and their next of kin have been notified.

The intersection was closed for several hours during the investigation and was re-opened at around 4:30a.m.

Juan Pablo Pasqal-Licea
BOOKING PHOTO: Juan Pablo Pasqal-Licea  , Date of Birth: 05/01/1991 

Acting Captain Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 09, 2022 at 7:57 AM
  
The Aurora Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in obtaining information about an active sexual assault on a juvenile investigation.  On March 24, 2022 at approximately 8:00 P.M., a concerning incident occurred at the Aurora Sports Park located at 19300 E. Colfax Ave.  The incident was reported to police a few days later on March 29, 2022 and detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit immediately began investigating the incident once reported.  During this incident, it is alleged that an adult male suspect had inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile in a public restroom.  The suspect is described as being a light skinned black male, with a thin build, approximately 5’9” in height, with short hair. He is reported to have a forearm tattoo that states either “Thug Life” or “Young Life.”  Since reported, this has been an active investigation and therefore further specific details cannot be released at this time.  During the investigation, detectives learned that a similar incident occurred in November of 2021, but this incident was never reported to police. 

The Aurora Police Department asks persons to remain vigilant for suspicious activity in the area of the Aurora Sports Park.  Anyone who has information about these incidents or the identity of the suspect is urged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a rewards of up to $2,000. 

Map of area of crime
Aerial view of the location of the crime

Tips for parents on keeping your children safe from abuse.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 08, 2022 at 5:32 PM
  
Teen Talk. Photo of teens laughing together.
 
Hey teens, let’s talk! J

I'm Taylor, one of the Youth Services librarians at Aurora Central Library.  

Cartoon Taylor  
 
Each month at the Aurora Public Library, I cover a variety of topics for teens. This month’s blog is all about sexual health.
  
Swing by the Aurora Central Library's teen area to browse books, resources and activities related to the monthly topic. 

Text: Let's talk about sex. Pop art style of two people with hand cupped around mouth, like shouting.

April is STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) Awareness Month! I didn’t know this, but it seems so fitting given that this month’s blog post is all about sexual health. Let me begin by saying sexual health is not only about preventing STDs  it encompasses a whole range of topics related to your changing body, sexual relationships and overall health. 

Some of the things you will read in this blog post may be new to you, lead you to feel uncomfortable or awkward and have you asking more questions than you did before — and that is all okay! It’s normal. You are not alone in your feelings. This is a safe space. 

Real talk: Growing up I did not have access to a lot of information regarding my sexual health. This left me feeling a sense of personal shame, confused and even stupid at times. It also affected my physical health, leading to a handful of STDs as well as an unplanned pregnancy. I hope this blog post will help you feel more informed regarding your health as well as capable of having a conversation with a trusted adult if you need more information and questions answered. 

Graphic that reads Your Sexual Health Matters 

•  KidsHealth.org has one of the most comprehensive lists I’ve seen regarding adolescent and teen sexual health. I’d highly recommend exploring this page to get some of your (potentially embarrassing) questions answered.

Sex, etc. has a sex ed dictionary with almost 400 words you need to know. - https://sexetc.org/sex-ed/sex-terms/

Puberty
Puberty is a time of emotional and physical change. You can feel out of control and confused at what is happening inside of you. However uncomfortable, awkward and scary it may be these feelings will not last forever and are all part of normal growth and development.

Graphic of what happens during puberty
 
Resources about Puberty
· Puberty Topics (Videos)
· Everything You Wanted to Know About Puberty
· Puberty & Development Information
· Puberty 101

Masturbation
"What is it about masturbation that provokes such negative reactions from so many people? Shame, silence and stigma are common adult reactions to the topic.

Yet, the topic of masturbation is consistently mentioned in all the groups of students with whom I’ve worked. Students often ask if it is okay. Silence from adults communicates stigma to our young people: masturbation is shameful and taboo. So, young people learn not to talk about it. They hide their questions and behavior from the adults who love and care for them. Our children develop unhealthy attitudes about the ways their bodies work and feel during puberty.

[I]t is normal if someone does masturbate, and it is also normal if someone does not masturbate. Whether or not a person masturbates is an individual choice” (Wendy Sellers, 2016).

Masturbation: Totally Normal (Video)


Healthy Relationships 
Graphic listing healthy signs and warning signs for relationships

· Healthy Relationships 
· 6 Simple Ways to Understand Consent (Video)
· Consent: What Does it Mean?
· How to Tell Your Partner What You’re Ready (or Not Ready) for Sexually


STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
STDs come with a lot of stigma and shame… Why? Despite what you may think, more people have had an STD at some point in their life than not. 

While a handful of STDs are not a big deal if treated (usually just an antibiotic for a couple weeks), if left untreated they can severely impact your life. That is why it is important to get tested regularly if you are sexually active and communicate with any sexual partners you have.

· Free, Safe, & Confidential Testing
· Do You Have an STD? You're Not the Only One
· How To Tell Someone That You Have an STD or STI
· 10 Signs You May Have an STD or STI
· How Do Teen Couples Talk About STDs?


Pregnancy
Unplanned pregnancy can be scary and overwhelming. There are three options: raising the child, having an abortion or placing the child for adoption. It is important remember that there is no “right” option, each one is a choice — a hard one, but still yours to make. 
· Pregnant?
· Experiencing an Unplanned Pregnancy? You have options.
· The Adoption Option
· Birth Mothers Share What They Want Adoptive Parents to Know


Birth Control
 Chart showing how well various forms of birth control work
What’s the Best Birth Control for Teens?

***The most effective way to prevent pregnancy and STDs is by practicing abstinence -- meaning not having sex or any intimate genital contact (including anal sex or oral sex).***

Explore books & eContent regarding sexual health: 

 
Check back next month for our next Teen Talk!  

Come join me every Thursday at 4 p.m. for our weekly Teen Hang at Aurora Central Library. I'd love to meet you and hear about what topics you’d like featured.  
 

Taylor's signature
-Taylor (she/her)


Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 05, 2022 at 9:33 AM
  
(April 3) The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on South Buckley Road leaving one pedestrian dead.

On April 3, 2022 at about 9:37 p.m., it is believed that at least one vehicle traveling north on South Buckley Road at East Exposition Drive struck an adult male pedestrian who was walking westbound across South Buckley Road. Additionally, a different vehicle also travelling north on South Buckley Road, later struck the pedestrian. The driver of that vehicle remained on scene and no drugs or alcohol is suspected to be contributing factors.

The victim was tragically pronounced at the scene, the Arapahoe County Coroner will release the victim's name after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

Anyone who was driving in the area of South Buckley Road near East Exposition Drive or who witnessed this fatal accident or has any information, including dash camera footage is urged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a rewards of up to $2,000. 

Officer Elizabeth McGregor
Public information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 04, 2022 at 10:18 AM
  
(March 30) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating after a woman was shot and killed.

On March 30, 2022 at about 12:50 a.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the parking lot of 9796 East Mexico Avenue, on reports of multiple shots fired in the area. Upon officers' arrival, they located an adult woman suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Tragically, the woman was pronounced deceased on the scene. 

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are responsible for this investigation. At this early stage in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to this death, to include suspect descriptions, are still being determined.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office  will release the victim's name after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about this homicide is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Elizabeth McGregor 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
720.432.5095 
Posted by [email protected]  On Mar 30, 2022 at 5:43 AM
  
(March 29) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating after a woman was shot and killed and another woman left in critical condition.

On March 29, 2022 at about 5:10 a.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the parking lot of 11895 East Archer Place, on a welfare check. Upon officers' arrival, they located two women suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Tragically, one woman was pronounced deceased on the scene and the second was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and were responsible for this investigation. At this early stage in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to this death, to include suspect descriptions, are still being determined.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release the victim's name after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about this homicide is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Elizabeth McGregor 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
720.432.5095 

Posted by [email protected]  On Mar 29, 2022 at 9:11 AM
  

(March 28) ARREST MADE

Following up on investigative leads, The Major Crimes Homicide Unit made an arrest earlier today in Denver. The suspect, who is the brother of the deceased victim, has been identified as Jimmy Lee Churchill. He was arrested for 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender. Investigators believe that the two brothers were involved in a verbal altercation in the motel room before the shooting occurred. Churchill is currently being held at the Aurora Detention Center on a no bond hold.

Jimmy Churchill
Jimmy Churchill DOB 12/18/1988

Officer Elizabeth McGregor 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit 
720.432.5095

Information previously released on March 28, 2022

(March 28) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating after a man was shot and killed. 

On March 28, 2022 at about 4:22 a.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the Radiant Inn, located at 10950 East Colfax Ave, on a report of a shooting inside one of the rooms. Upon officers’ arrival, they located a 47-year-old man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Tragically the man was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and were responsible for this investigation. At this early stage in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to this death, to include suspect descriptions, are still being determined.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s name after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about this homicide is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Elizabeth McGregor
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Mar 28, 2022 at 4:53 PM
  
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