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 Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Crystal McCoy-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.

Colorado Criminal Justice Records (CCJRA) can be obtained by downloading and completing a CCJRA Request form and e-mailing it to APD-ORR@auroragov.org  If you have any questions you can call the APD Open Records Coordinator at 303.739.6267.    

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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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Aurora Police Department’s K9 Factor will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Factor’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”.  Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified.  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,247 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations. 

 The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.  K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest.  Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty.  For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.   

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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Apr 22, 2021 at 6:17 PM
  

The Colorado Cyber Guardian Task Force, which consists of the Aurora Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, partnered in a two-day online operation targeting those who engage in the enticement of children for sexual purposes online.

This operation was conducted on April 8th and 9th, 2021, within the city of Aurora resulting in the arrest of the below suspects who were attempting to arrange sexual encounters with a minor. We have provided the suspects name, age, self-declared or otherwise known profession, and their self-declared city of residence as follows:

  • Edgar R. Pando-Caprio, 23, Denver, is employed as a contracted overnight janitor working within the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD). The CCSD is aware of this arrest and will independently provide additional information to staff, parents and the public.
  • Laurentino Espinoza-Pena, 56, Aurora, is a self-employed providing maintenance services
  • Tommy Kilcher, 43, Aurora, self-declared employment at Cardinal Health
  • Joseph M. Goetz, 59, Aurora, self-declared Business Owner of Rio Leasing LLC
  • Jeremy J. Steward, 42, Aurora, historically reported as working in the restaurant/bar industry
  • Brent W. Murray II, 30, Highlands Ranch, has historically self-declared employment as a drone pilot and with USA Security.
  • Joshua J. Wagner, 46, Denver, did not declare employment at time of arrest
  • Dylan J. Cornhoff, 27, Aurora, did not declare employment at time of arrest 
  • Peter D. Rodriguez, 50, Denver, declared employment with a company only identified as Performance and worked as a loader
  • Joshua D. Garcia, 37, Westminster, declared employment with Hertz as a car attendant

The above suspects, also shown in the attached image, were individually charged with at least the following Colorado Revised Statutes, and prosecution will be handled by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office:

  • 18-7-402 Soliciting for Child Prostitution, a Class 3 Felony
  • 18-2-101 Criminal Attempt, a Class 4 Felony
  • 18-7-40 Patronizing of a Prostituted Child, a Class 4 Felony

Our ongoing partnerships with HSI and CBI are invaluable to the Aurora Police Department and the communities we all serve. This collaboration contributed greatly to the overall success of the operation, and our commitment to safety for our community members both online and offline.

According to HSI, “We are proud to work closely with our partners including Aurora PD and Colorado Bureau of Investigations to protect children and arrest individuals who prey on children,” said Steven Cagen, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, Denver. “Child sex abuse is one of the most serious crimes HSI investigates due to the lasting psychological and physical damage it can inflict on victims.”

The Aurora Police ICAC Unit, HSI, and CBI would like to remind parents to be aware of and have an active role in your child’s online presence.  Have discussions with the children in your life about the dangers of online chats or conversations, especially with strangers. We strongly encourage parents to routinely monitor your child’s online activity to prevent them from becoming a victim of a child sex predator or worse.

To learn more about online safety and the Aurora Police Department ICAC Unit please click HERE or copy and paste this URL into your browser:

https://www.auroragov.org/residents/public_safety/police/aurora_for_youth/online_safety_for_kids

Any additional media inquiries related to this operation and associated arrests are respectfully requested to be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office during the prosecution phase.

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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Apr 20, 2021 at 12:57 PM
  
(April 6) On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, at about 5:15 P.M., Aurora Police responded to a single vehicle crash on South Peoria Street near East Alameda Avenue.

Initial investigation reveals that an SUV was traveling southbound on South Peoria Street. The SUV appears to have lost control and struck a tree. The sole occupant of the vehicle, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he has been pronounced deceased. Investigators believe that weather was a contribution factor to this crash.

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 not believe that 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 dashcam footage, or if you have any information about this incident, please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Apr 06, 2021 at 7:29 PM
  
On Monday, March 22nd, 2021, at approximately 05:15 a.m., District 2 Patrol Officers responded to a shooting at the Hometowne Suites located at 3705 North Chambers Road.

Officers located an adult male in a hotel room who had been shot. This male suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased on scene. A juvenile male was detained after being located by officers nearby. His involvement is under investigation and his name will not be released at this time. No one has been arrested or charged in this incident and we are not looking for any outstanding suspects. This case is currently being investigated as a homicide by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit.

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

Anyone that has information about this case is asked to 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.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Mar 23, 2021 at 3:46 PM
  
On Sunday, March 21st, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m., District 1 Patrol Officers responded to a welfare check at Front Range Tire located at 3005 South Peoria Street.

Once on scene, officers located an adult male on the ground, next to the building. This male had obvious trauma injuries and was declared deceased on scene. The male was taken to the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office and an autopsy was completed. It has been determined that the male was shot multiple times which led to his death. This case is now classified as a homicide and will be investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit. Because this is an active investigation, there is no additional information to share.

The name of the victim was released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after he was positively identified as Vincent Brown (09/16/1998).

We now need the public's assistance. Anyone who may have observed anything suspicious, or has information about this case, is asked to 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.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Mar 22, 2021 at 2:08 PM
  

(March 12) On Friday, March 12, 2021, at about 10:12 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash on southbound Interstate 225 just north of East Colfax Avenue.

The initial traffic investigation suggested a 44-year-old woman traveling southbound on Interstate 225 in a maroon Cadillac SUV experienced a medical episode and crashed.  Newly developed information has revealed a steel projectile, from an unknown origin, entered the Cadillac through the driver side window striking the driver, who was the sole occupant of the SUV. This caused the Cadillac to collide with another vehicle causing minor damage to that vehicle. The Cadillac continued on and collided with a concrete divider barrier.

The woman was transported to an area hospital where tragically she succumbed to her injuries. It is not yet clear if the woman died as a result of the crash into the concrete divider barrier, the injury sustained from the steel projectile or a combination of the two.  Alcohol, drugs nor speed were contributing factors of the crash.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and his 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 Mar 12, 2021 at 1:43 PM
  
On Wednesday March 3rd, 2021, at approximately 4:25p.m, District 1 Patrol Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Telegraph Hills II Condos, which are located in the 12000blk of E. Harvard Avenue in Southwest Aurora.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in the parking lot who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he tragically succumbed 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 Arapahoe 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 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.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Mar 03, 2021 at 9:12 PM
  
(February 24, 2021) On Monday February 22, 2021, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Aurora Police officers responded to assist Aurora Fire Rescue on a medical call at 17221 East Walsh Way.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound inside the residence. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene to investigate a suspicious death. This investigation has since been upgraded to a homicide and is active and ongoing. At this time no arrests have been made, and it is believed this is an isolated incident posing no immediate risk to the general public.

The identity of the deceased was announced in a news release by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday February 24th, 2020 after he was positively identified, and his next-of-kin were notified. We have included their news release here.

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

CoronerHomicideRelease.pdf

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Feb 24, 2021 at 4:22 PM
  
(February 23) On Monday, February 22, 2021, at about 2:54 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash on East Exposition Avenue and South Havana Street.

The initial traffic investigation has revealed a commercial trash collection vehicle was stopped in a westbound lane of East Exposition Avenue waiting to make a turn into the northbound South Havana Street lanes of traffic. As the traffic light turned green the commercial trash collection vehicle made the right-hand turn. At this time an 85-year-old male on a bicycle began to cross South Havana Street westbound using the crosswalk and was struck by the commercial trash collection vehicle. The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries today, February 23, 2020.

The driver of the commercial trash collection vehicle remained on the scene and was cooperative. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors to the accident.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and his 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 Feb 23, 2021 at 5:31 PM
  
This afternoon Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson terminated the employment of Officer Robert Lyons for untruthfulness and theft of city time.

Between August 3, 2020 and September 22, 2020, Officer Lyons left work early a total of nine days (34.25 hours) without receiving authorization from his supervisor. He also failed to document his time in the department's time management system as required by department directives.  When he was questioned by a supervisor about taking time off he was untruthful and stated that he had not taken any time off during that period.  

An Internal Affairs Bureau investigation was initiated and during his interview with investigators Officer Lyons admitted to being untruthful when he was questioned by his supervisor about the time off. 

During the discipline review process Officer Lyons was sustained for violating the following Department Directives:

14.2.15 Unsatisfactory Performance
8.2.3 Request for Leave
14.2.2 Making a False or Untruthful Declaration

Chief Wilson's Statement:

“A police officer who chooses to be dishonest forfeits their credibility and becomes ineffective to the judicial system, our police department and the community we serve.

My commitment to rebuild trust with our community will not tolerate such deceptive conduct of an officer who has been given the privilege to wear this badge.

It is disappointing to learn an officer has betrayed their oath. I want to reassure the community I will continue to hold our members accountable for their actions while also recognizing the majority who display unwavering integrity each and every day.”

Officer Lyons was hired in 2017 and was last assigned to District 2 Patrol.  He has had no previous formal discipline. 

Internal Affairs Investigation Summary of Evidence
Disciplinary Order

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Feb 17, 2021 at 4:32 PM
  
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