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On July 2, 2017 at approximately 10:00 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 East 6th Avenue to check the welfare of an adult female. Upon their arrival, officers located the female deceased inside one of the motel rooms.

Since then, the Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) obtained an arrest warrant for Arturo Garcia (DOB: 07/19/1996) for the 1st Degree Murder of Alexandrea Raber (DOB: 11/21/1998) who was 18 years old at the time of her death.

On Tuesday February 26th, 2019, Garcia was apprehended in Mexico. Garcia was deported to the United States, and is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail. Extradition proceedings are underway for Garcia to be transported back to Colorado where he will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

We would like to thank our local, state and federal partners who were instrumental in the successful apprehension of Garcia.

An updated booking photo for Garcia from the Dallas County Jail can be retrieved online once it is available by clicking HERE.

No further information about this investigation or the arrest are available at this time. All further media inquiries should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit


The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has been actively investigating a suspicious death that occurred on July 2, 2017 at the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 East 6th Avenue. At this time investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Arturo Garcia (DOB: 07/19/96) who has an active arrest warrant for 1st Degree Murder.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the APD Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team Tip Line at 303-627-FAST (3278) or

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers

at 720-913-STOP (7867). By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

There are no other updates at this time. The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit

Information previously released on July 2, 2017:

On July 2, 2017 at approximately 10:00 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 E. 6th Avenue. to check on the welfare of a person at this location.  Upon arrival, Officers located a deceased adult female inside a motel room.  There are suspicious circumstances surrounding the female's death.

This is still an active and on-going investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time. Detectives and Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide responded to the scene and resumed the investigation.  The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified. 

The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Todd Fredericksen  with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6106. Tipsters can also provide information to

 Metro Denver Crime Stoppers

by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit

Posted by  On Feb 27, 2019 at 8:06 PM
CORRECTION:  The train conductors name was incorrectly spelled.  The correct name is Jeremiah Hartzell. 

UPDATE: The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section with the assistance of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) has completed its investigation into the cause of the R-Line Light Rail Train derailment that occurred on January 28th, 2019 at the intersection of South Sable Boulevard and East Exposition Avenue.

The Aurora Police Department presented the charges against Jeremiah Hartzel, 33 years of age, of one count of 1st Degree Assault, three counts of 2nd Degree Assault and five counts of 3rd Degree Assault for review by the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District. The District Attorney will decide the charges that will be accepted. We ask any further questions about this case be directed to the District Attorney’s Office.

The passenger transported to the hospital has requested the Aurora Police Department convey to the media their continued wishes to maintain their privacy and are not interested in any media contact.

No further information is available for release at this time.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit

Information from previous post

On January 28th, 2019, at 7:15 AM, an Aurora Police Officer arrived at the intersection of South Sable Blvd and East Exposition Avenue where an RTD R-Line Light Rail Train had just derailed. The train had been south on Sable Blvd and making the turn to west on Exposition Ave when it jumped the track. One person was ejected from the train and sustained a serious injury. The Aurora Police Officer quickly applied first aid until Aurora Fire Rescue arrived. That person was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition. A few other passengers on the train reported minor injuries and were also transported to a local hospital. 

The Aurora Police Traffic Unit is investigating this incident with the cooperation of RTD. Speed and weather conditions, due to the heavy snowfall, are factors being considered.

The intersection of Sable and Exposition is still closed at this time and may be for a couple more hours.

Sgt. Chris Carleton
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations

Posted by  On Feb 19, 2019 at 2:03 PM

The crash occurred on February 15th, 2019, at about 2:15 A.M. 

On January 15th, 2019,  at about 2:15 A.M, Officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a the area of E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Troy St. on reports of a single vehicle rollover crash. 


The Aurora Police Department Traffic unit investigated the accident and found the vehicle was traveling westbound on E. Mississippi Ave. at about S. Troy St. where the driver lost control of the car.  The vehicle hit the planter box in the center median and rolled several times coming to rest in the eastbound lanes of E. Mississippi Ave.  The adult male driver was unrestrained in the vehicle and was partially ejected from the car.  When Aurora Fire Rescue arrived on scene it was determined that the driver had already succumbed to his injuries.


The Aurora Police Traffic Unit is investigating the accident and ask any witnesses to call Officer Justin Thull at 303-739-6381 with any information about the accident.  It appears at this time speed and alcohol will be factored in this accident.


This will be the 4th fatal accident in Aurora in 2019.   


Any further inquiries into this accident can be directed to:

Lieutenant Jad Lanigan

Aurora Police Department Metro Division

Traffic Section Commander

Assistant Swat Commander

6 Abilene St

Aurora, Colorado 80011


Posted by  On Feb 15, 2019 at 2:24 PM
On February 14th, 2019, Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU), with the assistance of the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office and the State of Colorado Archaeologist, determined that bones that were located by construction crews during excavation were determined to be a male, most likely over one hundred, if not one thousand, years old, and of Native American descent.

The Colorado State Archaeologist has assumed responsibility of the remains and the location site, and will be continuing their examination into the bones.

We wanted to express our appreciation to Necrosearch for their assistance in this investigation and Richmond American Homes for promptly notifying authorities of their discovery and treating the area of where the bones were located respectfully.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department

Information previously released on February 13, 2019

On February 13th, 2019, around 10:00 A.M., the Aurora Police Department received a call from a construction crew that they located what appeared to be human bones while excavating in the area of East Smoky Hill Parkway and South Powhaton Road.

Initial investigation reveals that the bones appear to be human. The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit, with the assistance from the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office, responded to the scene. The scene where the bones were found has been secured by officers until a forensic dig can be completed and a thorough search of the immediate area.

A final autopsy will be completed by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after the safe removal of the bones from the area.

Anyone that may have information about these remains are asked to call Agent Michael Prince at 303-739-6127.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Posted by  On Feb 14, 2019 at 4:14 PM
On February 9th, 2019, at about 6:40 AM, Aurora Police Officers responded to a single vehicle crash in the area of South Chambers Road and East Hampden Avenue.  When they arrived, they determined that a 2018 Nissan Sentra was traveling north on South Chambers Road at a high rate of speed.  As the Sentra crossed over East Hampden Avenue, it started to lose control and left the roadway.  It struck a tree on the east side of the street and was cut in half.  The driver and rear seat passenger were both pronounced deceased at the scene.  The front seat passenger managed to climb out of the wreckage and left the scene before Officers arrived.  He turned up seven hours later at a local hospital with significant injuries.

The identities of all partys involved in this crash are not being released at this time.  There were no other vehicles involved.  Speed is most certainly a factor in this crash.  The Traffic Unit is handling this crash.  The Aurora Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding this crash contact us.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Section
303 739 6374
Posted by  On Feb 09, 2019 at 1:39 PM

On Tuesday February 5th, 2019 at about 8:20 AM, Aurora Police and Fire responded to E. Iliff Ave and S. Vaughn Way for an accident involving a pickup truck and a pedestrian.  Once there they found that a 12 year old girl had attempted to cross Iliff and had been struck by the pickup.

The driver of the pickup and other witnesses immediately stopped to render aid and call 911.  The girl was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.  Despite the medical care she received, she passed away today as a result of her injuries.

The preliminary investigation found that the girl was on her way to school and not using the signaled intersections to cross E. Iliff Ave.  She was half-way across Iliff and stepped off the median and into traffic when she was struck by the westbound pickup.  There is no evidence of speed or other factors on the part of the pickup driver involved contributing to the cause of this crash.  The driver of the pickup has been cooperative and is understandably upset about this tragic accident.

The names of the parties involved in this accident are not being released at this time.

Sergeant Chris Carleton
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations


Posted by  On Feb 08, 2019 at 10:49 PM

February New Releases & Best Sellers

Recent New York Times Bestsellers:



Liar Liar by James Patterson and Candice Fox

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Detective Harriet Blue has become a dangerous fugitive from the law as she pursues the murderer Regan Banks.


Turning Point by Danielle Steel

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Four American trauma doctors face difficult choices when they join a mass-casualty training program in Paris.


An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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Jessica Farris’s life unravels when she signs up for Dr. Shields’s psychology study.


The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

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Hedy Lamarr flees to Hollywood where she becomes a screen star and develops technology that might combat the Nazis.


The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke

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Detective Dave Robicheaux and his new partner Bailey Ribbons investigate the death of a young woman by crucifixion.


Verses for the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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Agents Pendergast and Coldmoon track a killer who removes hearts and leaves handwritten letters.


The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

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The final book of the Winternight trilogy. The fate of two worlds depends on a girl who seeks to forge her own path.


Through Fiery Trials by David Weber

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The 10th book in the Safehold series. A temporary peace gives way as international alliances change.


A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods

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The 48th book in the Stone Barrington series.


The Boy by Tami Hoag

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Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard, a husband-and-wife detective team, investigate a boy’s murder and the disappearance of his babysitter.



The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

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The story of a secret plot to kill George Washington in 1776.


The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

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A memoir by a daughter of immigrants who was raised in Oakland, Calif., and became the second black woman ever elected to the United States Senate.


Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher

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Reflections on the ageism, misogyny and loss that women might encounter as they grow older.


Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

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Secrets and identity in a fast-paced age of science and technology are explored through the story of a woman who discovered her biological father.


The Sopranos Sessions by Matt Zoller Seitz

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Essays and interviews by former TV critics from New Jersey’s Star-Ledger to mark the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut.


DVD - New Releases (February):

Caution: Catalog links below are for preorder/placeholder records and may give 'record not found' errors once DVDs are released. DVDs may still be found using a keyword/title search.


The Grinch

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The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit.



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From acclaimed director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a blistering, contemporary crime thriller with a powerful ensemble cast!


The Girl in the Spider's Web

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Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.


The Sisters Brothers

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Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly star as sibling assassins Charlie and Eli Sisters, who are hired to kill a gold prospector accused of stealing from their boss in the Old West.


A Private War

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In world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Her mission is to show the true cost of war, driving her, along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan), to embark on the most dangerous assignments of their lives as they journey to the front line of conflicts across the globe.


The Guilty

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When a 911 dispatcher and former cop answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman, he has to find a way to save her using just his phone and his wits in this pulse pounding, award-winning crime thriller. Danish, subtitled in English.


Black '47

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One soldier's ruthless pursuit of justice plays out against the darkest chapter of Irish history in this riveting revenge thriller. Starring Hugo Weaving and Jim Broadbent.


All the Devil's Men

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An American bounty hunter is forced to go to London on a manhunt for a disavowed CIA operative.


Grand-Daddy Day Care

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A man has to figure out a way to make extra money when his father-in-law moves in.


The Cloverfield Paradox

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When scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, they soon come face-to-face with a dark reality.


Bohemian Rhapsody

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Follows the rise of the band Queen and Freddie Mercury's attempts at being a solo artist until their performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.


Nobody's Fool

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Wild child Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) looks to her buttoned-up, by-the-book sister Danica (Tika Sumpter) to help her get back on her feet. As these polar opposites collide, Tanya discovers that Danica's picture-perfect life may not be what it seems.


At Eternity's Gate

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Julian Schnabel's AT ETERNITY'S GATE is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule, and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art.


The Front Runner

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A real-life story of U.S. Senator Gary Hart's 1988 presidential campaign that was ended when his extramarital affair became known to the public.


The Happy Prince

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His body ailing, Oscar Wilde lives in exile, surviving on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him.


A Star is Born

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A musician helps a rising singer find fame as his own career begins a downward spiral.


Robin Hood

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The classic tale of Robin Hood who steals from the rich and gives to the poor.



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Nothing can prepare you for the mind-blowing mayhem that is Overlord. Mega producer J.J. Abrams creates an insanely twisted thrill ride about a team of American troops who come face-to-face with Nazi super-soldiers unlike the world has ever seen.



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A surviving thief of a violent armored car robbery is administered an experimental drug, after being sprung from a high security facility.


Mary Queen of Scots

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Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the Mary Stuart, who returns to Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne, threatening Queen Elizabeth's sovereignty.


Between Worlds

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In the desolate world of highway truckers, a strange and dark miracle occurs when Billie suffers a near-fatal motorbike accident.


Sources: The New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon, Goodreads, EarlyWord, Novelist, DVDs Release Date

Posted by  On Feb 06, 2019 at 9:11 AM