Aurora Police News
The Aurora Police News Blog was created in 2016 as a new way to share news and information from the Aurora Police Department with the community we serve. It is maintained by the staff of the Media Relations Unit.

Media Relations Unit Staff:

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-Commanding Officer
Agent Faith Goodrich-Public Information Officer
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org. If you are a member of the public and you have a question, request, comment or concern, email ContactAPD@auroragov.org.

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DISCLAIMER: Information is subject to change as case investigations proceed. Individuals arrested on the basis of probable cause have not been charged. All arrestees are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. 


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(November 26, 2020) On Thursday November 19, 2020, at approximately 11:27 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to the Aurora Day Resource Center located at 13387 East 19th Place on a reported stabbing.  

Upon arrival officers located a 44-year-old male suffering from an apparent stab wound, and he was transported to an area hospital. Tragically today he succumbed to his injuries.  

Abdifatah M. Nur DOB: 01/20/1979 was arrested at the scene on November 19th and initially charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder. Since the victim has now died, Abdifatah Nur will now be charged with First Degree Murder which will be prosecuted by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Nur’s Aurora Police booking photo has been provided below.  

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adam’s County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his next of kin have been notified.   

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and district detectives are investigating this homicide. At this time, it is not clear what the relationship between the two was.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.423.5095
AbdifatahMNur
 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 26, 2020 at 7:09 PM
  
(November 22) On Sunday, November 22, 2020, at about 5:22 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to an auto-pedestrian accident at East Colfax Avenue and Clinton Street.

Upon arrival officers discovered a 75-year-old woman suffering from multiple injuries after being struck by a newer model black Yukon. The woman was transported to an area hospital where tragically she succumbed to her injuries.

The initial investigation has revealed the woman did not use a crosswalk when crossing the roadway when she was struck by the Yukon. The adult male driver of the Yukon remained at the scene. Neither Drugs, alcohol nor speed are believed to be contributing factors to the accident. This investigation remains active and ongoing

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and her next-of-kin has been notified.

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).

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 22, 2020 at 10:18 PM
  

(November 17, 2020) On Tuesday November 17, 2020 at approximately 7:32 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a parking lot in the 1900 block of South Havana Street on multiple reports of a shooting. 

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital.  Tragically, the adult male has since succumbed to his injuries. 

Abdikarim Mumin DOB: 07/22/1997 (as shown in attached Aurora police booking photo) has been arrested and charged with the following crimes into the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office:

18-3-103 Murder in the Second Degree

18-12-108 Possession of Weapons by Previous Offenders

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his next of kin have been notified.  

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. At this time it is not clear what the relationship between the two is. 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 Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Mumin Abdikarim

 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 18, 2020 at 9:39 AM
  

(November 17) On November 16, 2020 shortly after noon, the Aurora Police Department arrested Romeo Desean Thompson DOB: 03/25/2001, for the November 16th homicide at East Yale Avenue and East Brown Drive.  Thompson, as shown in the attached Aurora police booking photo, has been charged with the following:

 

18-3-102(1)(a) Murder in The First Degree

18-12-108(1)   Possession of Weapons by A Previous Offender

 

Prosecution will be conducted by the 18th District Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  No further information will be released at this time, and all additional media inquiries should be directed to the prosecuting office.

Officer Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Romeo Desean Thompson



(November 16) On Monday, November 16th, 2020, at approximately 11:40 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to East Yale Ave and East Brown Drive on reports of a shooting.  

Officer's arrived and located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he has since succumbed to his injuries.

The identity of the male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his respective next of kin has been notified.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. Initial information is that this started as a possible road-rage incident. A person of interest has been identified in this case. Investigators are very early in their investigation which includes interviewing numerous witnesses and processing the physical evidence on scene. At this time, no one has been charged in this incident.

Any witnesses to this incident are 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 Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 17, 2020 at 5:18 PM
  
(November 12) On Thursday, November 12th, 2020, at about 9:45 P.M., Aurora Police responded to a single vehicle crash on South Peoria Street near South Parker Road.

Initial investigation reveals that a Lexus SUV was traveling northbound on S. Parker Rd. The SUV started to make a right turn onto northbound S. Peoria Street when it lost control and struck a light pole. The sole occupant of the vehicle, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he has been pronounced deceased. After speaking with witnesses and examining physical evidence on scene, investigators have determined that the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed. 

Traffic Unit Investigators will continue to investigate and attempt to reconstruct the scene to determine speeds and other contributing factors. At this time, it is unknown if alcohol was involved.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notifications.

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).

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 12, 2020 at 11:32 PM
  

(November 1) On Sunday, November 1, 2020, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to a single vehicle rollover crash involving a gray 2003 Ford Expedition containing six total occupants.

 

The driver of the Expedition exited eastbound Interstate 70 (I-70) onto northbound Pena Boulevard failing to safely negotiate the curve on the Pena Boulevard flyover above I-70. This caused the Expedition to leave the roadway rolling down an embankment ejecting five of the six passengers. The expedition came to a final resting place south of I-70 near a drainage canal.

 

All six occupants were transported to area hospitals where a 56-year-old male passenger was pronounced deceased. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notifications have been made.

 

At this time investigators believe alcohol and drugs contributed to this fatal crash. This investigation is still active and on-going, and appropriate charges will be filed against the driver at the conclusion of the fatal traffic crash investigation. Until then, the identity of the driver will not be released. 


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).

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 01, 2020 at 4:59 PM
  

UPDATE:  Sabrina, Demarcus, and Marcus were located around 11:20 p.m. on 10/22/2020 in California.  They are all safe and there are no indications at this time that that they were brought there against their will. 

We want to thank everyone who helped us get the word out about this incident.  

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095  

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Information previously released on October 22, 2020
On Wednesday October 21, 2020 at about 2 p.m. Aurora Police officers responded to an address near East Hampden Avenue and South Tower Road to check on the welfare of Sabrina Walls and her two children, Demarcus Thomas (3 years old) and Marcus Thomas (5 years old). 

After talking to multiple different people and going to multiple addresses, officers learned that Sabrina, Demarcus, and Marcus were last seen on Monday, October 19, 2020 and no one has heard from them since that time.  Sabrina has a 2006 Ford Fusion with Colorado License Plate CES-661.  That car was seen on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 near East Mississippi Avenue and South Blackhawk Street but it is unknown if Sabrina and her sons were inside the car at that time. 

Multiple investigative units have been working on this case since the initial call.  As investigative leads are pursued, and more information is developed, the concern for the Sabrina, Demarcus, and Marcus has grown.  Sabrina has never been out of contact for this long, it is out of character for her.  Sabrina is a survivor of domestic violence and her family is worried about her. 

We made multiple posts to different social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Nextdoor to try and locate Sabrina, Demarcus, and Marcus. 

As the investigation progressed over the last 24 hours, investigators gathered information that met the criteria for an Amber Alert.  As soon as that information was known, we partnered with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to issue that alert.  You can learn more about Amber Alerts and the criteria that must be met before one can be issued, HERE. 

Additionally, investigators learned that there might be some connection to the Las Vegas area.  We are asking anyone along Interstate 70 and Interstate 15 to please keep an eye out for Sabrina, her children, and her vehicle. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 to anyone who has information regarding this case.  Please call (720) 913-STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Thank you to everyone that has assisted in our search to find Sabrina, Demarcus, and Marcus. 
 Marcus and DemarcusWalls Family Walls Family 2
Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Oct 22, 2020 at 11:39 PM
  

City manager and police chief lay out five-point plan to guide change and reform

(October 20, 2020)– Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly and Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson on Monday presented to City Council their plan of action for restoring trust in the Aurora Police Department, titled “A New Way.”

The plan has five points that specifically address reforms and changes to organization, policies and practices, both in response to recent high-profile incidents that have raised community concern, and to implement the priorities of Chief Wilson, who was named chief in August. The points are: A New Way of Operating, A New Way of Leadership, A New Way of Service, A New Level of Accountability, and A New Way of Engagement.

“We are committed to not only a more diverse police department that is reflective of the people of Aurora, but also a more racially equitable, bias-free and culturally competent agency that is responsive to the residents we serve,” Chief Wilson said. “I have heard the concerns of the community and have already made a number of decisive steps to change the way we operate. Restoring the trust of the community is rightfully the No. 1 priority for me and the Aurora Police Department, and I am confident in the support of our dedicated officers in moving these initiatives forward.”

There remain several ongoing internal and external reviews and investigations into the operations of the Aurora Police Department, including a city-commissioned comprehensive independent review of the department by 21CP Solutions, a global firm of national experts in the areas of civil rights and public safety. Every aspect of this review will inform and influence changes that are made in the Aurora Police Department and be incorporated as part of “A New Way.”

“A New Way builds on the direction and foundation set by the Mayor and City Council and the Public Safety, Courts and Civil Service Policy Committee, and we thank them for their leadership and attention to this crucial role the city plays in serving Aurorans,” City Manager Twombly said. “We recognize there have been problems in the past, areas that will need to change, and the paramount importance of the work ahead of us. The continued pursuit of a safe community for all requires the cooperative and engaged involvement of residents, and we must work tirelessly to ensure a thoughtful approach from our many professional officers, and from our community.”

Elements of the “A New Way” plan remain under development and will continue to evolve, but some of the key components include:

A New Way of Operating

Comprehensive, external review of the Aurora Police Department by national experts in the areas of civil rights and public safety is underway, which will inform and influence changes in the department, such as practices regarding use of force, and recruiting, hiring and retention

A New Way of Leadership

Commitment to community-focused and community-oriented policing.

Refocused department mission and vision.

More diverse leadership team.

Civilian (non-sworn officer) additions to the chief’s leadership circle.

A New Way of Service

Training will include voices of the community, with panels of residents sharing their fears and hopes and past interactions with police.

Implicit and unconscious bias and cultural competency training.

Incident reviews to reinforce good policing and address areas for change.

A New Level of Accountability

Expanded roles for Force Review Board and Independent Review Board.

Community voices on Chief’s Review Board and key vendor contracts.

Learning from and adopting recommendations of ongoing reviews.

Increased transparency in Internal Affairs reports and body worn camera videos.

A New Way of Engagement

Community Police Task Force review of potential oversight on critical incidents.

Changes to Civil Service role in hiring and discipline in pursuit of a department that better mirrors the demographics of our diverse city.

Increased mentoring opportunities with community leaders.

Further information about “A New Way” is available at AuroraGov.org/ANewWay, including an opportunity for residents to provide feedback on the plan. Because the plan will continue to evolve as the results of different reviews and investigations come in, the plan details will be updated on the site to allow the community to see the progress of different plan elements and additions.

City of Aurora Communications Department  & Aurora Police Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Oct 20, 2020 at 11:17 AM
  

(October 7, 2020) On August 19, 2020, at about 1:30 AM, Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the area of 16200 E 17th Place on the report of an accidental shooting.

Once there, Officers found an 11-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound.  The child was transported to a local hospital but, tragically, he later succumbed to his injuries.

Further investigation into the matter lead to the arrest of an 18-year-old male (who was 17 years-old at the time of the incident).  The male was arrested on October 5, 2020 for manslaughter, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, tampering with evidence, and possession of a handgun by a juvenile.  The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will be prosecuting, and any additional media inquiries should be directed there. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident is encouraged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).  Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Oct 07, 2020 at 3:26 PM
  
(October 5) On Monday, October 5, 2020, at about 6:15 A.M., Aurora Police responded to a vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 225 near South Parker Road.

Initial investigation reveals that a Dodge Charger entered Interstate 225 from East Iliff Avenue and was going southbound in the northbound lanes when it struck the passenger side of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. After striking the pickup truck, the Dodge continued southbound where it eventually struck, head-on, with a Mazda SUV. The driver of the Dodge was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Mazda was transported to a nearby hospital where they remain in serious condition with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Silverado was thankfully uninjured.

Traffic Unit Investigators will continue to investigate and attempt to reconstruct the scene to determine speeds and other contributing factors. At this time, we do believe that alcohol was a factor in this crash.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notifications.

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).

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Oct 05, 2020 at 12:19 PM
  
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