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:

Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Anthony Camacho (Spanish Speaking)- 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.

Colorado Open Records Act or Criminal Justice Records requests and inquiries should be sent via e-mail to municipalrecords@auroragov.org.

Stay connected and informed by signing up for blog e-mail alerts and by following us on our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Periscope, and Nextdoor.

The men and women of the Aurora Police Department are committed to making a Aurora a safer place everyday.

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. 


Recent Posts
<<  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  >> 

Today, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz remarked, "Every student and faculty member in a school not only has the right to be safe when at school, but they also have the right to feel safe at school.  It is our duty as law enforcement officers to keep the community safe and reduce the fear of crime.  My officers go to great lengths every day to accomplish this mission."  Recent tragedies in schools have touched the lives of many people in our communities across the nation.  The men and women of the Aurora Police Department are very cognizant of how such tragedy affects a community and our hearts go out to the many victims and survivors of these atrocious incidents.  

In light of recent acts of violence in schools, the Aurora Police Department has investigated an extraordinary number of threats directed toward Aurora’s schools.  With the advent of current technology, the vast majority of these threats have been made on social media platforms.  Individuals have made threats on Snap Chat, Facebook, Twitter, chat rooms, online gaming forums, and via other means.  The Aurora Police Department takes threats of violence towards our schools incredibly serious and we investigate each and every threat that comes to our attention to our fullest ability.

It is believed that some of the individuals making these threats are doing so for attention, as a joke, or for notoriety.  Regardless of their intent, such threats create fear and uncertainty for our students, faculty and parents.  We will not tolerate threats directed towards our schools.  Rather, we will conduct comprehensive investigations utilizing an array of technologies made available to us and we will seek to arrest any person who has made a threat directed towards a school.  The following is a compiled list of recent school threat incidents that have resulted in criminal charges.  Please note that several of the investigations remain open and the offenders are identified as juveniles, therefore releasable information is limited:

-2/17/2018 Corrected date is 2/14/2018, Hinkley High School threat incident, pending charges against one juvenile male

-2/23/2018, North Middle School threat incident, pending charges against one juvenile male

-2/23/2018, North Middle School threat incident, three juvenile females charged in connection with threats

-2/23/2018, Horizon Middle School threat incident, juvenile female charged in connection with threats

Threats to harm students and staff create fear and are not an appropriate way to garner attention.  If you make a threat, APD Officers will work diligently to arrest you.  Many other school threat investigations remain open and we are confident that more arrests will be made.

We continue to work closely with the Cherry Creek School District, Aurora Public Schools, and private institutions to insure the safety of our schools. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Safety in our schools is everyone’s responsibility.  If you see something, say something.  Suspicious or threatening activities, viewed in-person or online, should be reported immediately to our dispatch center by calling 911.  Students, teachers and parents can also report incidents anonymously to Safe2Tell by calling (877) 542-7233.


Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Mar 12, 2018 at 7:59 AM
  
UPDATE:
AURORA CO

The Aurora Police Department, Traffic Investigations Unit, is asking for the media's help in reaching out to the local community to assist in finding the suspected vehicle which hit an 11 year old female, then left the scene.

This investigation is ongoing and evidence has been recovered.

The vehicle in question should be a late 1990's to early 2000's Toyota or Nissan sedan, brown or gold in color.

Witnesses reported severe front windshield damage, so anyone who may have seen a vehicle matching this description in the days after this crash is encouraged to contact:

Detective Rob Ragain
303-739-6351
rragain@auroragov.org

Detective Sergeant Mark Elliot
303-739-6202
melliot@auroragov.org


ORIGINAL RELEASE INFORMATION:
 

On Thursday, February 8th, 2018, at about 7:20 PM, first responders with the City of Aurora were notified of a Auto vs. Pedestrian crash at E. Mississippi Ave., and S. Uvalda St.   This is near Interstate 225 and E. Mississippi Ave.

Preliminary investigation indicates an 11 year old female was crossing E. Mississippi Ave. from south to north, against the traffic signal.  A vehicle traveling westbound on E. Mississippi Ave. struck and severely injured the pedestrian.  The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

The vehicle that hit the pedestrian DID NOT remain at the scene, and investigators are requesting the publics help in locating it.
The vehicle of interest has been described as a Toyota Camry, with color descriptions of:  Gold / Beige / Brown.  It is reported to have front end damage, as well as a severely damaged windshield.

The investigation is active, and no information will be released about the identity of the pedestrian at this time.   A follow up press release will be put forth when appropriate.

Contact the following investigators with any information on the vehicle of interest:

Detective Rob Ragain:  303-739-6351
rragain@auroragov.org
Sergeant Mark Elliot:  303-739-6202
melliot@auroragov.org
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Feb 20, 2018 at 1:17 PM
  
On February 12, 2018, the Aurora Police Department held a press conference to update the public and media on the officer involved shooting that occurred on February 10, 2018. Below is a summary of the details given at the press conference. For more details and to view the press conference Click Here .
 
The investigation has revealed that the incident began on February 9th (the night before the shooting) at 9: 13 p.m. with a reported felony menacing at I225 and East Mississippi Avenue. In this incident, the subject pointed a handgun at the reporting party. The reporting party described an armed individual and a suspect vehicle. The officers that responded were unable to locate the armed subject or vehicle and a report was taken.

On February 10th, at 11:27 p.m. the same officers who had taken the report of the felony menacing from the day before were in the area of East Smoky Hill Road and South Chambers Road when they observed the suspect vehicle from the felony menacing. Officers initiated a traffic stop at which time the driver, who fit the description from the felony menacing, exited the vehicle and advanced towards the officers. The subject refused the verbal orders given by the officers. As officers continued to give orders the subject began returning to the vehicle ignoring the officers' commands. As an officer attempted to go hands on with the subject, the subject produced a handgun and the officer discharged their duty weapon striking the subject.

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

Anyone with information to this incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Fredericksen at 303.739.6106.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-.432.5095


Information Previously Released on February 12, 2018
 
PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

WHAT: The Aurora Police Department
WHEN: Monday February 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Aurora Police Headquarters, Office of the Chief of Police, 15001 East Alameda Parkway
WHO: Chief of Police Nick Metz
CONTACT: Officer Diana Cooley, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department
(303) 739-6022



Information previous released on February 11, 2018

On February 10, 2018 at approximately 11:28 pm officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of East Smoky Hill Road and South Mobile Way. Officers at the scene contacted an adult male subject in the vehicle. A short time later, an officer fired his weapon at the subject. Officers on scene immediately rendered aid to the subject who was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A weapon was located in the subjects vehicle.

There were no injuries to the officers involved.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. This is an active an ongoing investigation. As is standard with the occurrence of an officer-involved shooting, the Officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Anyone with information to this incident is asked to contact Detective Todd Fredericksen at 303.739.6106.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-.432.5095
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM
  
Media Advisory
Metro Area Law Enforcement Host “Violation of the Month” Program in Colorado


WHO:      Aurora Police Department (PIO: Diana Cooley 720-432-5095) Aurora Police Department
Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder Police Department, Castle Rock Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Commerce City Police Department, Denver Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Edgewater Police Department, Englewood Police Department, Greenwood Village Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Lakeside Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Littleton Police Department, Lone Tree Police Department, Morrison Police Department, Mountain View Police Department, Thornton Police Department, University of Colorado Denver Police Department, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

WHAT:     Violation of the Month is a new cooperative traffic safety program supported by more than 22 metro area law enforcement agencies to reduce motor vehicle reduce fatalities and serious injuries that have reached an all-time high in Colorado.

The goal of the Violation of the Month program is to positively influence driver behavior, reduce traffic crashes, and ultimately prevent serious injuries and death that result from dangerous driving by engaging and educating the public, and securing voluntary compliance with traffic laws.
Participating agencies will review their local crash data to determine the leading causes of fatal and serious injury crashes in the metro area, and the data-driven offenses will determine what the Violation of the Month will be—speed, non-belt use, distraction, impaired driving, failure to move over for emergency vehicles, etc. Agency administrators will direct their patrol and/or traffic enforcement resources to enforce traffic laws related to the Violation of the Month theme.
The upcoming Violation of the Month will be announced through monthly press releases, events and social media outlets, along with results from the previous Month’s enforcement efforts.
The Violation of the Month program is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Region 8 and CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety.

WHEN:     Wednesday February 14th, 2018
(Please arrive at 9:00 a.m. to set-up before the press conference that begins at 9:30 a.m.)

WHERE:     Aurora Police Academy 25950 E. Quincy Ave. Aurora, Co. 80016

WHY:     Tragedies are occurring on our roadways throughout the state of Colorado nearly every single day. We have all been personally affected or know someone who has been affected by a horrific traffic crash. In 2017, there were 630 fatal traffic collisions on Colorado roadways.
# # #
Posted by kdeichse@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2018 at 1:47 PM
  
For Immediate Release
Aurora Colorado

On Thursday, February 8th, 2018, at about 7:20 PM, first responders with the City of Aurora were notified of a Auto vs. Pedestrian crash at E. Mississippi Ave., and S. Uvalda St.   This is near Interstate 225 and E. Mississippi Ave.

Preliminary investigation indicates an 11 year old female was crossing E. Mississippi Ave. from south to north, against the traffic signal.  A vehicle traveling westbound on E. Mississippi Ave. struck and severely injured the pedestrian.  The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

The vehicle that hit the pedestrian DID NOT remain at the scene, and investigators are requesting the publics help in locating it.
The vehicle of interest has been described as a Toyota Camry, with color descriptions of:  Gold / Beige / Brown.  It is reported to have front end damage, as well as a severely damaged windshield.

The investigation is active, and no information will be released about the identity of the pedestrian at this time.   A follow up press release will be put forth when appropriate.

Contact the following investigators with any information on the vehicle of interest:

Detective Rob Ragain:  303-739-6351
rragain@auroragov.org
Sergeant Mark Elliot:  303-739-6202
melliot@auroragov.org
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Feb 09, 2018 at 8:28 AM
  
Aurora, Colorado
January 31, 2018

On January 11th, 2018 at around 9:30 A.M.,  Aurora Police became aware of a Auto vs. Pedestrian crash, which occurred at the intersection of S. Buckley Rd. and E. Quincy Ave.

The preliminary investigation reveals that an adult male was driving a pickup truck and was turning from eastbound Quincy Ave., to southbound Buckley Rd.  The truck struck a 16-year-old female who was crossing Buckley Rd. and she became trapped under the vehicle.

Some distance later, the truck stopped and all indications are that the driver was unaware of what had occurred.  At this time, the juvenile female was alert and talking to first responders.  She was immediately transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Tragically, the juvenile female died on January 15, 2018.

The Arapahoe County Coroners Office completed a medical examination of the young lady and results are expected in 4-6 weeks.

No drugs or alcohol on the part of the driver of the truck are suspected.  Speed does not appear to be a factor.

The driver of the truck has a valid license, current automobile insurance coverage, and is fully cooperating with the investigation.

The investigation is still open and ongoing, and therefore no further details will be released at this time.

Contact Information:

Sergeant Mark Elliot
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit
303-739-6202
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Jan 31, 2018 at 11:34 AM
  
On January 11th, 2018 at 3:28 am, Aurora Officers arrived at E. Hampden Ave and S. Kalispell St on the report of an accident involving an automobile and a pedestrian. It was determined to be a bicyclist that was struck. The bicyclist was declared deceased on scene. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The identity of the bicyclist is not being released at this time, pending notification of next of kin. This accident is still under investigation.

Sgt. Mike Douglass
Aurora Traffic Section
303-739-6293



Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Jan 11, 2018 at 4:49 AM
  
On January 5th, 2018  at 8:49 pm, Aurora Officers arrived at the 16300 block of E. Arapahoe Road on the report of an accident involving an automobile and a pedestrian. The pedestrian was declared deceased on scene. It appears the pedestrian was attempting to cross the roadway northbound when the accident occurred. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The identity of the pedestrian is not being released at this time, pending identification and notification of next of kin.

Sgt. Mike Douglass
Aurora Traffic Section
303-739-6293
Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Jan 05, 2018 at 11:10 PM
  
On January 1st, 2018 at approximately 1:58 am, Aurora Officers were dispatched to the 16700 block of E. Hampden Ave on the report of a vehicle into a house accident. Upon arrival, it was determined that a white Mercury SUV driven by the sole occupant was involved in a single vehicle accident during which a brick wall and tree were struck. The vehicle did not hit any houses. The driver was declared deceased on scene.

The cause of this accident is still under investigation. The victim's identity is not being released at this time, pending the notification of next of kin.

Sergeant Mike Douglass
Traffic Section
303-739-6293

Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Jan 01, 2018 at 5:47 AM
  

DATE: 12/26/17
CONTACT: Sgt. Mike Douglass

NATURE: Operation Choose Your Ride
 

The APD Traffic Section will offer citizens located within the City of Aurora, 21years old and older, the ability to call the police department at 303-627-3100, and an officer will respond and provide a ride home if the driver feels they are impaired and not safe to drive a motor vehicle.

  • The program will run on Friday 12/29/17, Saturday 12/30/17 and Sunday 12/31/17 from 9:00 PM to 2:30 AM.
  • The driver and up to one passenger will be given a verbal presentation on the protocol our officers follow on a routine DUI arrest, (explanation of probable cause for a traffic stop, indicators we look for from the driver for DUI or DUI-D, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Preliminary Breath Tests, expressed consent law, Detox vs. Jail, possible penalties and fines, towing fees, etc.).
  • Educational materials will be given to all participants, along with a discussion of the consequences of impaired driving.
  • All drivers and passengers must be 21years of age to participate, be willing to be searched prior to being allowed in the police vehicle, must provide valid ID, clearance through CCIC/NCIC/DOR will be done, and they will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to being allowed in a police vehicle.
  • This program will be provided to the limits of available manpower assigned to the program.If capacity is exceeded, callers will be given suggestions for alternative transportation (taxi, ride services, friends, family), or put on a wait list.
  • Officers will transport participants from any location in Aurora to the participant’s home as long as it is within 10 miles of the City of Aurora border.
  • Officers assigned to this program will have body cameras, and they will be activated during the duration of the contact with participants.
  • The responding officer will have full discretion to refuse this service to anyone if the officer feels it would be unsafe to continue due to extreme intoxication, uncooperative behavior, etc.
  • The DUI taxi will be used as one of the transport vehicles, and the rest will be marked police cars to get the most exposure for the program.
  • Additional officers will be assigned as DUI enforcement units in case a driver chooses to drive while impaired or intoxicated and is contacted.

The media point of contact for this program will be Sgt. Mike Douglass from the Traffic Section.  Sgt. Douglass can be reached at 303-739-6293, or mdouglas@auroragov.org

Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Dec 26, 2017 at 7:01 PM
  
<<  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  >> 
 
Content Alert Subscription
    RSSSpaceBlog Feeds