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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:

Sergeant Chris Neiman-Unit Supervisor
Officer Ken Forrest-Public Information Officer
Officer Bill Hummel-Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org.
To reach a Public Information Officer with the Traffic Section for information about traffic related incidents (crashes, traffic safety, photo red light) call 720.675.8915.

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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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On August 13th, 2018 at approximately 7:29 a.m. Aurora Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence at 12041 E Harvard Ave.

Officers arrived on scene and located an unresponsive male inside the home. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the location and are actively investigating this incident as a homicide. The investigation is still in its early stages and there is no additional information for release at this time.

The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Heath Graw with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303) 739-6213, or call our tip line at (303) 739-6400. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

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

Sergeant Chris Neiman
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6022
Posted by cneiman@auroragov.org  On Aug 14, 2018 at 8:57 AM
  

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Alexander Christopher Ewing

Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Aug 10, 2018 at 5:13 PM
  

On August 7th, 2018 at approximately 12:13 p.m., Officers with the Aurora Police Department responded to an automobile vs pedestrian accident near the intersection of Peoria Street and East 6th Avenue. Upon arrival, Officers found an unconscious adult female suffering from serious injuries in the roadway. She was immediately transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the female stayed on scene and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation. It appears at this time, that the female was crossing midblock and was not in a crosswalk when she was struck. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be a factor in this accident.

Pedestrians are reminded to utilize crosswalks in the designed fashion and motorists are asked to be cognizant that pedestrians may not always do so.

This is incident remains an open and ongoing investigation and any witnesses who have not spoken to the police are asked to contact Detective Rob Ragain at 303.739.6351

Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Aug 08, 2018 at 3:25 PM
  
On July 26, 2018, the Aurora Police Department was made aware of allegations of abuse involving a juvenile female student and a teacher at Vista PEAK Preparatory School located at 24500 E 6th Avenue. Subsequently, a comprehensive investigation was conducted by the Aurora Police Crimes Against Children (CAC) Unit and it was learned that an inappropriate sexual relationship existed between the student and the teacher. This investigation took a number of days to complete as detectives completed interviews, collected statements, etc.

During the investigation, the Aurora Police Department developed probable cause to arrest the teacher, Gabriel Alsina (DOB 07/07/1983), for Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust and Pattern of Abuse. Alsina was arrested this morning, August 7, 2018, at Vista PEAK Preparatory School prior to the start of school. Since the time that the incident was reported to the Aurora Police Department, Alsina has not had any contact with Students. Alsina has been employed as a teacher at Vista PEAK Preparatory School since July, 2013. The Aurora Police Department works in close partnership with the Aurora Public School District and they have cooperated fully with this investigation.

Due to the nature of this case and to protect the active criminal investigation, no further details will be released at this time.  This case is now in the hands of the 18th Judicial District so further media inquiries should be directed to their office.

The Aurora Police Department cares greatly for the safety and wellbeing of Aurora’s student body. If any parents, students or teachers have information about this case or wish to report inappropriate behavior involving Alsina, please contact Aurora Police Dispatch (non-emergency line) immediately at (303) 627-3100.

Gabriel Alsina is pictured below:

Gabriel Alsina (07/07/83)


Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095
Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Aug 07, 2018 at 3:48 PM
  
UPDATE: The Aurora Police Department is announcing an arrest in the hit and run accident that left one woman dead the evening of August 6th, 2018.

Henry Lawrence Wardwell Jr. (DOB 01/09/1970) was arrested for Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Death and various other lesser charges. 

The investigation into this tragic incident remains open and is actively being investigated by the Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit.  Media questions can be directed to the APD Traffic PIO at 720.675.8915, however there is no further information to release at this time.

Henry Wardwell Jr. 01/09/1970


Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095
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Information previously released on August 6th, 2018:

On August 6th, 2018 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Officers of the Aurora Police Department, were made aware of a very dynamic and rapidly evolving situation involving multiple locations.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a pickup truck pulling a camping trailer, backed into a sedan in the parking lot of a business located near the intersection of East Mississippi Avenue and South Chambers Road. The adult male driver of the pickup truck then left southbound on South Chambers Road and the sedan which was occupied by two adult females and one adult male followed the pickup truck, presumably trying to get the attention of the pickup driver.

The pickup driver turned west at the intersection of East Mexico Avenue and South Chambers Road and pulled over several hundred feet to the west of the intersection. At that time, the adult male from the sedan and his wife approached the driver of the pickup about the aforementioned accident.

Soon thereafter, the driver of the pickup began to make a U-Turn and in the process, the adult female was struck by the camping trailer and run over. Additionally she became trapped under the trailer for several blocks before being dislodged from the trailer.

Numerous witnesses called 911 to report what was occurring. Witnesses also followed the pickup truck and trailer and assisted Aurora Police Dispatch in directing police officers to the location of the vehicle. At approximately 5:43 p.m., officers were able to locate the pickup truck and trailer and subsequently take the driver into custody.

The adult female who was run over was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

At this time we are not releasing the identities of the persons involved. It is still early in this very complicated investigation and anyone who may have additional details, is asked to contact Detective Casey Crowfoot at 303.739.6317

Additional updates to this release will be completed as necessary.

 
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Aug 07, 2018 at 12:47 PM
  
UPDATE: On Thursday August 2, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Aurora Police Department Chief Nick Metz held a joint press conference with the 17th Judicial Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman and the18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler to address updates that can be released.

Chief Metz opened with a heartfelt statement, and acknowledged Mr. Richard “Gary” Black’s distinguished life such as being a Vietnam War Veteran, a purple heart recipient, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Mr. Black’s family attended a private viewing of the body worn camera footage and listened to Mrs. Black’s 911 call with members of the Aurora Police Department Command Staff. As a result of this, the family made a public statement requesting the Aurora Police Department to not release Mrs. Black's 911 call. They wished to be allowed to grieve, and did not want Mr. Black’s life to be remembered in this way.

The 17th Judicial Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman spoke to their stance on requesting the Aurora Police Department to not release the body warn camera at this time.

A copy of all 911 calls, with the exception of Mrs. Blacks, a copy of our Officer-Involved-Shooting Directive, the International Associated of Chiefs of Police guidelines on Officer-Involved-Shootings, the statement from the Black family, and the entire video of this press conference will be uploaded onto your YouTube channel and/or at the below links:

Statement from the Black Family

Aurora Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Directive

IACP Officer Involved Shooting Guidelines

Statement Regarding Psychological Services After OIS Events 

911 and Police Radio Traffic Recordings

Press Conference Packet 



Aurora Police Department Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
apdpio@auroragov.org


Information previously released on July 30th, 2018:


On July 30, 2018, at approximately 1:29 a.m., the Aurora Public Safety Dispatch Center (PSDC) received multiple 911 calls advising there was a disturbance in the area of North Iola Street and East Montview Boulevard.

The PSDC received another 911 call from an adult female at 10609 East Montview Boulevard advising an adult male intruder was breaking into her home.

Aurora Police Officers arrived to a very chaotic and violent scene at 10609 East Montview Boulevard. While on scene officers heard gunshots fired from inside the home, and encountered an armed adult male. An officer discharged his firearm striking the armed male who was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
  
The officers then cleared the home to ensure the scene was safe. Inside, officers found an injured juvenile and the deceased adult male intruder on the bathroom floor. The injured juvenile was later transported to a local hospital for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, caused by the deceased intruder.

Further investigation revealed the armed male encountered by the officer was a resident of the home. Our preliminary investigation has revealed the deceased intruder on the bathroom floor was fatally shot by the armed adult male resident.

The names of the decedents will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

The involved officer has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay as per Aurora Police Department Policy.

The investigation into this incident is being handled by the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department. This is due to the passage of Senate Bill 15-219 which requires law enforcement agencies to team up with neighboring agencies to investigate officer involved shootings. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the officer-involved shooting to contact Detective Randy Hansen at 303.739.6710

We are working jointly with the Denver Police Department and the 17th Judicial District to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation. However, at the request of the 17th Judicial District, we cannot provide any additional details at this time in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, and all who are involved. We anticipate a more detailed press conference later this week once all officers involved have been interviewed.

This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved. We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time.

Chief Nick Metz
Aurora Police Department


Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095


Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Aug 02, 2018 at 7:43 PM
  
DATE: 07-31-18

NATURE: Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint- Friday August 3rd, 2018

Aurora, Colorado- The Aurora Police Department will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday August 3rd, 2018 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. This is part of our continuing commitment to the statewide effort to combat drunk drivers and reduce alcohol related traffic accidents and fatalities. This checkpoint is part of the DUI Checkpoint Colorado program, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend continuing through Labor Day weekend. This checkpoint will be located on E. Mississippi Ave.

Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted briefly by an officer who will be looking for signs of intoxication and/or impairment in the driver. The checkpoint should cause only minor inconvenience to traffic along the targeted roadway, and highly visible signage will be posted leading into the checkpoint screening area. Drivers entering a checkpoint are asked to pay close attention to the officers directing traffic through the area. Motorists should also roll down their drivers’ side window as they approach the screening area. This allows for better communication between the motorist and the officer, quicker screening and a shorter delay overall.

The checkpoint is funded by an N.H.T.S.A. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) grant in partnership with the “Heat is On” campaign and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Sergeant Mark Elliot
Aurora Police
Traffic Section
303-739-6202
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Posted by kdeichse@auroragov.org  On Aug 01, 2018 at 1:03 PM
  
On July 30th, 2018 at approximately 3:52 p.m., Aurora Officers from District Two and the Aurora Traffic Section responded to East 48th Avenue and North Imboden Road on a serious accident involving a motorcycle and a truck. Adams County Deputies arrived on scene and immediately began CPR on the motorcyclist. Emergency rescue personnel also arrived and the motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation revealed that the motorcycle was westbound on East 48th Avenue and stopped at the stop sign to go southbound on North Imboden Road. The motorcyclist attempted the turn to southbound North Imboden Road and pulled into the path of a northbound truck pulling a trailer.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor for either the motorcyclist or the driver of the truck. Speed is also not considered a factor based on witness statements. The driver of the truck is cooperating with the investigation which is still active.

This will be the 18th accident related fatality in Aurora this year.

Any further questions can be directed to:

Sergeant Mike Douglass
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303-739-6293

Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Jul 31, 2018 at 8:05 AM
  
On July 30th, 2018 at approximately 8:58 p.m., Aurora Officers from District Three and the Traffic Section responded to a serious collision involving a motorcycle and an SUV at East Iliff Avenue and South Kittredge Street. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital and was later pronounced deceased.

According to witnesses, the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed with another motorcycle, when it struck the side of an SUV that was attempting to make a legal turn at the intersection. The driver of the SUV remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The details of the collision are still under investigation and there are no immediate indications that alcohol are a factor. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

This is the 19th vehicular related fatality in 2018 and the second motorcycle fatality of the day.

If you witnessed the collision, please contact:

Sergeant Mike Douglass
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303-739-6293
Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Jul 30, 2018 at 11:26 PM
  
Residents of Aurora are invited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of National Night Out with the Aurora Police Department and the rest of the country on Tuesday, August the 7th. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The goal of the campaign is to make Aurora a safer place.

The Police Area Representative Team for District 2, which serves northeast Aurora has announced the District's plans for the evening. There will be a series of parties at several locations throughout the District and a caravan of Officers and vehicles will visit each location.

National Night Out party locations:


Landon Park Apartments, 100 S. Sable Blvd.
APD will be visiting from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Town Center of Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave.
APD will be visiting from 5:05 p.m. to 5:35 p.m.

The Preserve at City Center, 1098 S. Evanston Way.
APD will be visiting from 5:40 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.

Highland Point Apartments, 16893 E Arkansas Ave.
APD will be visiting from 6:15 p.m. to 6:35 p.m.

Murphy Creek, 23945 E Florida Ave.
APD will be on scene from 6:45 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.


Download an event flyer.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Jul 20, 2018 at 7:40 AM
  
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