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UPDATE:  On September 4, 2020 Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and South Tower Road on reports of a motorcycle crash.  Tragically, the driver of the motorcycle died on scene after colliding with a Camero.   

That evening, Traffic Unit Investigators began their investigation and were able to determine that the driver of the Camero, Lisa Sierra DOB 04/24/1969, was at fault.  On September 5, 2020 Lisa Sierra was arrested after receiving medical care at a local hospital and charged with Vehicular Homicide, Careless Driving Causing Death, and DUI.  

This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, any additional media inquiries should be forwarded there.  Attached you will find the booking photograph for Lisa Sierra.  

L. Sierra booking photo
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Information previously released on September 5, 2020

(September 5, 2020) On Friday, September 4, 2020, at about 8:20 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and South Tower Road on reports of a motorcycle crash. 

Initial investigation found that a motorcycle, driven by an adult male, was traveling westbound on East Hampden Avenue.  A Chevrolet Camero, traveling eastbound on East Hampden Avenue, made a left turn onto northbound South Tower Road into the path of the motorcycle, causing a collision.  Tragically, the driver of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased on scene.  The driver of the Camero remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.  Currently, it appears alcohol was a factor for the driver of the Camero.    

The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after positive identification and notification of the family. 

Traffic Unit Investigators will continue to investigate and attempt to reconstruct the scene to determine speeds and other contributing factors of the crash. 

We are asking anyone who has dash camera footage or who was a witness to the crash to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). 

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Sep 08, 2020 at 1:04 PM
  

(August 15, 2020) On Saturday morning at approximately 4:22 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to 24511 East Applewood Circle on a reported shooting.


Upon officer's arrival at the residence, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds.

The identity of the male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after he 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 this as a suspicious death. All involved parties are known, and there is not a danger to the community.

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 $2,000.00.


Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 28, 2020 at 1:32 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a fatal auto-pedestrian traffic crash that occurred in the crosswalk on East Yale Avenue at South Abilene Street.

At 9:04 a.m. a vehicle traveling northbound on East Abilene Street, just South of East Yale Avenue, made a left turn onto westbound East Yale Avenue. At the same time, a 71-year-old female was jogging, with the right-of-way, in the crosswalk on East Yale Avenue.

The driver struck the jogger, who was in the crosswalk, fatally injuring her.  The driver did not flee the scene, and drugs or alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors.

This fatality marks the 21st life claimed in traffic related crashes this year in Aurora.  Among those 21 lives lost, eight were auto-pedestrian fatalities.  In seven of the eight auto-pedestrian fatalities, the pedestrian was not lawfully crossing the road. 

Drivers and pedestrians can help us prevent such tragedies by being extra vigilant when in the roadways we share.  Drivers should stop, check and proceed slowly into crosswalks, and yield to pedestrians in the roadway.  Pedestrians should use crosswalks and crosswalk buttons, obey pedestrian signals, and dress in a manner that illuminates you at night.

This investigation is in the early stages and is ongoing. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash camera footage, or has any information about this incident, to please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 13, 2020 at 12:39 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating an Auto Vs. Pedestrian Crash that occurred on East Arapahoe Road Saturday night.

At around 10:00p.m. a Chevy sedan was traveling Eastbound in the far right lane of the 14700 block of East Arapahoe Road. The vehicle struck an adult male who was walking in the lanes of traffic.  That section of roadway was not illuminated by street lights at the time of the accident.  The male pedestrian was pronounced at the scene. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.

The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Officer once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified of his death.

The investigation into the cause of this crash is in it's early stages and is on-going. Any witnesses who did not stop and remain at the scene are asked to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Aug 09, 2020 at 1:03 AM
  
On July 23, 2020, at 9:12 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a crash at East Hampden Avenue and South Kalispell Street.

Initial investigation reveals that a black Ford Mustang was traveling westbound on East Hampden Avenue. An adult male was riding his bicycle and was going northbound on South Kalispell Street. It is unknown at this time who had the right-of-way. The bicycle was struck while in the crosswalk area and the driver and vehicle involved remained on scene. At this time, it does not appear that speed or alcohol was a factor.

Investigators for our Traffic Unit will attempt to reconstruct the scene to determine speeds and other contributing factors of the crash. The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notification.

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash cam footage, or if you have any information about this incident, please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) or reach out to the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 23, 2020 at 10:44 PM
  
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
720.432.5095


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
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jul 14, 2020 at 3:01 PM
  

(April 14th, 2020) UPDATE:  The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office issued a press release today, April 14th, 2020 identifying the deceased as Sir'Sedric Donavan Gregg DOB 12/10/2001.  

Donovan Anthony Brown DOB 04/28/1999 was arrested on April 12th 2020 at the scene of the incident for Second Degree Murder (Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-103(1).  The homicide will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office and we ask that any further media inquires related to this investigation be directed to their office.  

The investigation remains ongoing and as such, we will not be releasing the booking photograph at this time.  We continue to urge anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide to please call Aurora Police Agent Ingui at 303-739-6067.  Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using crime stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

Agent Faith Goodrich
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

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Information previously released on April 13th, 2020

On April 12th, 2020 at around 8:26p.m. the Aurora Police Department Public Safety Communications Center received several reports of an unknown problem and then a shooting at the Sonoma Resort Apartments (22300 Block of East Ontario Drive) which is located in the Saddle Rock Neighborhood in Southeast Aurora. 

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male inside of an apartment suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim succumb to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The suspect, who had originally fled the crime scene, later returned and was taken into custody. 

The is still an active investigation and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are working to determine what lead to the shooting and death of the victim.  His identity will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. The name of the suspect and his charges will be released at a later time.  

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Matt Ingui at 303.739.6067.  

Lt. Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Apr 14, 2020 at 4:15 PM
  

(February 5th, 2020) In July of 2019, the Aurora Police Department Economic Crimes Unit began investigating a forgery scam that targeted a 16-year-old high school student.  The suspects in this scam used social media to contact the victim and enticed him to provide his banking information.  They would then deposit forged money orders into the victim’s account.  As soon as the money was deposited into the account, the suspects would withdraw the money before the money orders were discovered to be forgeries.  The victim was promised a small portion of the cash in exchange for the use of their account. Instead, the victim was held financially responsible for the returned lost funds.

Through an extensive investigation, APD Investigator Myshell Bolton was able to identify the three suspects and locate additional victims.  The suspects were identified as Hussein Farah, 23-year-old male (shown in image below with a black shirt), Abdihakiin Hassan, 19-year-old male (shown in image below with a grey Nike shirt), and a 16-year-old male.  No further information will be released on the juvenile suspect.

On 01/10/2020 Investigator Bolton filed criminal charges of Money laundering, Identity Theft, Forgery, and other crimes with the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office issued warrants for all three suspects and will prosecute the case.  Hassan turned himself in on 01/25/2020.  The juvenile male was arrested on 02/02/2020 by Aurora Police Department.  Farah has not yet been arrested.  Any further inquiries regarding this case should be directed to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

The Aurora Police Department urges parents to speak with their children because we believe there may be other victims of this scheme. Victims may be hesitant to come forward due to a fear of being criminally charged.  However, the APD and District Attorney’s Office will review each case and may take the stance, as they did in this case, that these are innocent victims that have been coerced by the suspects into the scheme.

If any members of the public have information about this case, please contact Investigator Myshell Bolton at 303.739.6142.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). 

The below photograph of Farah is a previous booking photograph provided by Denver Police Department.  

A. Hassen   H. Farah

Agent Faith R. Goodrich
Public Information Officer
303.739.6038


Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Feb 05, 2020 at 10:37 AM
  

(January 13, 2020) UPDATE: The Aurora Police Department is announcing the arrest of a suspect involved in the shooting that occurred less than 48 hours ago in the 17100 block of East Adriatic Place.

Through dedication and hard work by countless members of this organization, detectives have arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with Attempted First Degree Murder among numerous other criminal offenses.

Due to the ongoing investigation efforts and the suspect being a juvenile, his name and booking photo will not be released at this time. 

We are continuing our investigative efforts to search for additional suspects related to this case. If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to reach out to Agent Barchetti at 303.739.1836. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).  Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Any further inquires about this case will need to be directed to their office. 

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

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Information Previously Release

(January 12, 2020) On January 11, 2020, Aurora Police Public Safety Communications Division received a 911 call around 10:55 P.M. advising that someone had been shot. Officers were immediately dispatched to 17100 block of East Adriatic Place and arrived on scene within 90 seconds.

Once officers arrived on scene, they located evidence to support that the shooting occurred in one of the apartments. Officers found three people still on scene who were suffering from gunshot wounds. These three individuals were then transported to area hospitals by ambulance. It was learned that there were two other victims but that they already left the scene in a private vehicle. These two other victims arrived at a nearby medical facility where they were then transported to an area hospital by ambulance. In total, there were five people shot.

There are three juvenile victims (two female, one male) and two adult male victims. All three juveniles are over the age of 16. All are listed in serious condition but expected to survive.

We only have a description for one of the suspects. They are described as a black male wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt. There could possibly be additional suspects, but until we are able to interview witnesses and victims, we are unable to confirm this. At this time, a suspect has not been arrested.

The investigation into this shooting is still active and ongoing. If you have any information or video of the crime, please contact Agent Chris Fanning with the District 3 Detective Unit at 303-627-3161. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).  Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

We understand that an incident like this can be unnerving to those who live in the area. Our top priority right now is to ensure the safety of our residents and to identify the ones responsible for this and quickly arrest them. We will also be increasing police patrols in the area and Officers from the District 3 Police Area Representative Unit (PAR) will be spending their day in the neighborhood.

The following statement from Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson:
"This investigation is a top priority for our agency. We have all of our resources working around the clock right now conducting interviews and collecting evidence. We need the community to come together with us to stop this senseless violence to protect our youth. We continue to ask anyone with information to please call us with any information they may have." 


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jan 13, 2020 at 7:52 PM
  

UPDATE: Through diligent investigative work the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit arrested Keith Zotto,    (DOB 10/24/1974) and charged him with at least Colorado Revised Stature 18-3-102(1)(a) Murder in the First Degree.

Zotto will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Further media inquiries should be directed to there. 





zotto
Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095




Information previously release July 2, 2019


On July 2nd, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. Aurora Police officers were dispatched to the 19000 block of East Milan Circle on a missing person report.

After the responding officers initial investigation, they discovered a deceased adult female inside the residence.  This active and ongoing investigation is still in the very early stages, so no further information is currently available. There is no threat to the public related to this incident.

The identity of the female will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of her next-of-kin.

The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating this suspicious death. We ask anyone who may have information to please call Aurora Police Agent Sutherland at 303-739-6406. Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
303-739-6022

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jul 03, 2019 at 5:59 PM
  
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