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On March 26, 2020 at approximately 8:19p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the area of East 30th Avenue and North Xanadu Street in the Morris Heights Neighborhood.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in the roadway who had been shot.  He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injury. 

This case is still an active investigation and at this time there is no additional information to share. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the general public. 

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

Anyone with information about his case is asked to call Agent Lampson with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6013. 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.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 26, 2020 at 11:10 PM
  
On Saturday March the 21st at approximately 5:45p.m, District 1 Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, which are located in the 10900 block of East 16th Avenue in Northwest Aurora. 

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in an apartment who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumb to his injuries.

This case is still an active investigation and at this time there is no additional information to share. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the general public. 

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

Anyone with information about his case is asked to call Agent Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. 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.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 21, 2020 at 9:41 PM
  

On Monday January 27, 2020, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to 641 North Potomac Street on a reported shooting which left one woman dead.


The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office issued a press release on January 28, 2020 identifying the woman as Mae Rose Garth DOB 5/14/52.

 

The Major Crimes Homicide Unit agents arrested Tyrone Garth DOB 1/4/79 at the scene, and charged him with Colorado Revised Statue 18-3-102 Murder in the first degree. Tyrone is the son of Mae Rose.

 

An Aurora Police Department booking photo of Tyrone has been included with this updated press release. 

 

This homicide will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and we ask any additional media inquiries related to this investigation be directed to their office.

 

We continue to urge anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Krieger at 303-739-6113.

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).

*Name corrected to Tyrone from Tyron on 1/29/20.


garth

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

information previously released on January 27, 2020:

(January 27, 2020) On Monday, January 27, 2020, at approximately 09:20 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded 641 North Potomac Street on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult female inside of an apartment with a gunshot wound. The female was transported to an area hospital where she has been pronounced deceased. Positive identification of the victim will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

After arriving on scene, officers contacted a person of interest who has been detained and transported to our Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for questioning. We do know that the victim and person of interest are related but their exact relationship is not being released at this time. This investigation is still very active and ongoing and there is no threat to the community.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Krieger at 303-739-6113.

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).

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jan 29, 2020 at 12:27 PM
  
(January 20, 2020). On January 19, 2020 at approximately 10:42 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the 15600 block of East Caspian Circle on a report of shots fired and an adult male with a possible gunshot wound.

Upon arriving on scene officers quickly located the male. Life saving measures were performed and he was transported to a local hospital where sadly he succumbed to his wounds.

This is a homicide and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.

Cause of death will be determined by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office. They will also identify the victim after the next of kin have been notified.

We are asking anyone with information to please call Agt T. Fredrickson at 303-739-6185.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).


Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 20, 2020 at 2:15 AM
  
(January 17, 2020). On January 17th, 2020 at approximately 12:20 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a report of a gunshot and a person laying in the street at the intersection of East 17th Avenue and Iola Street.

Upon arriving officers found a male suffering from a gunshot wound. Life saving measures were started but proved futile. Tragically the male was declared deceased at the location.

Cause of death and notification of the next of kin will be done by the Adams County Coroner’s Office.

This is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agt W. Miller at 303-739-6117.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).


Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 17, 2020 at 3:14 AM
  

On October 24th, 1996, at about 0800 hours, Aurora police officers and homicide detectives were dispatched to the alley in the 1200 block of Iola Street.  They discovered the body of twenty-five-year-old Tangie Sims.  Her body had been dumped at the location after she was violently assaulted and stabbed to death.  The initial investigation revealed Sims was last seen walking to a semi-truck.  In addition, it was determined the suspect had cut himself during the murder and had left drops of blood at the scene.  Samples of the suspect’s blood were recovered.

Unfortunately, the case went cold and remained that way for a lengthy period of time.  Current MCHU Detectives Steve Conner and Michael Prince continued to work this case for the family of the victim.  They never quit following up on leads and revisiting the case file.  They knew the best chance of solving this homicide would be through the recovered blood left by the suspect and the incredible advancements that had been made in DNA analysis.

In 2019 advancements in DNA, specifically genealogical research, lead to a break in the case.  United Data Connect, Inc. through the excellent forensic work a genealogist produced a possible suspect by comparing the blood sample to known DNA from a relative.  Detectives Conner and Prince immediately began following up on this information.  The leads took them to North Dakota and Idaho where they located a member of the suspect’s immediate family.  The family member was cooperative and provided a DNA sample to the detectives. 

United Data Connect, Inc. was able to positively identify Wesley Backman DOB 04/12/1955 as the suspect in this horrible crime.  Detectives learned that Backman had passed away in 2008.  The detectives discovered Backman had been an over the road truck driver and had lived in many different locations throughout the United States to include Aurora, CO. 

The excellent work done by the original investigators, the incredible determination of Detectives Conner and Prince, as well as the amazing work done by United Data Connect, Inc. allowed the family of Sims to finally obtain some solace and closure.  The costs of this investigation were provided by Crime Stoppers which continues to provide invaluable assistance with criminal investigations. 

Detectives Conner and Prince continue to work with other police agencies across the country to determine if Backman was responsible for additional unsolved homicides.


Aurora Police Department 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 15, 2020 at 4:44 PM
  
(January 3, 2020) On January 3rd, 2020 about 1:45 A.M.,  Aurora Police Officers responded to the alley in the 1400 block of Havana Street on a report of a person suffering from a head injury.

Upon arriving they located a male with a gunshot wound. Sadly, the male succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating this death as a homicide. We are asking anyone with information to call Agt. H. Graw at 303-739-6213.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867)

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 03, 2020 at 10:20 AM
  
(January 2, 2020) UPDATE: The Major Crimes Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of 2 juveniles in relation to this case. 

A 15 year old female and a 17 year old male have both been arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder.

Their information, due to them being juveniles, will not be released nor will their mugshots.

This case is now being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Any further updates or questions will need to be directed towards them. 

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

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Information previously released 01/02/2020

On December 30th, 2019 officers of the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a missing person in the 1400 block of South Salem Way.

Several days later it was learned there was information indicating there were suspicious circumstances in this case. A thorough investigation was begun by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.

On January 1st, 2020 this case was changed from a Missing Persons to a Homicide Investigation after remains were found that are believed to be the missing person.

Cause of death and positive identification of the remains will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after next of kin have been notified.

This investigation is continuing and at this time no further information will be released at this time.

We are asking if members of the public have information about this case to please contact Agt. M. Ingui at 303-739-6067.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913 STOP (7867).


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






Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 02, 2020 at 4:51 PM
  
UPDATE: After our officers diligently worked to locate him, tonight we can announce Curtis Davis-Barnes is now in custody.




On Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, at approximately 02:15 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the 17000 block of East Kansas Place on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult male inside a house with a gunshot wound. Shortly thereafter, the male was pronounced deceased on scene. Positive identification of the victim will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Officers are actively looking for the suspect involved in this incident.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Fredericksen at 303-739-6106.

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).

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 31, 2019 at 9:01 PM
  
UPDATE 12/31/2019 at 12:00 P.M. - Picture below is the mugshot for Kamyl Garrette. 

GARRETTE, Kamyl (7-10-01)



We will not be releasing any additional information about this case as it is now being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Further information will need to be obtained by their offices. 

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

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UPDATE: An arrest has been made in this case. Kamyl Xavier Garrette DOB 07-10-2001 has been arrested and charged with 18-3-102 Murder in the First Degree. Since more interviews need to be conducted we are not releasing his photo at this time.




On December 27, 2019, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a shooting inside the JCPenney store at the Town Center at Aurora, 14200 East Alameda Avenue.

Upon officer’s arrival they found a juvenile male with a gunshot wound. The male was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he sadly succumbed to his injury.

Positive identification and notification of next of kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Officers are actively gathering information and pursuing leads.

We are asking anyone that has information about this case to please call Agt. C. Lampson at 303-739-6013.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59 AM
  
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