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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:

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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(04-06-2020) On March 17th, 2020, Officer Jaired Dozier was involved in an off-duty crash where alcohol was involved in Colorado Springs. Since this time, Officer Dozier has been on restricted duty. An internal affairs investigation was initiated into the incident.

Today, I have made the decision to terminate Officer Dozier, effective immediately. Officer Dozier began working at the Aurora Police Department in February of 2019. He graduated the academy in August of 2019. He was a probationary employee, which means my decision is final and cannot be appealed.

Officer Dozier’s actions do not reflect the professionalism of those who wear this uniform and someone who should represent this organization. Since taking over as Aurora’s Interim Police Chief, I promised that I would not stand for or allow behavior like this in our agency. Our officers continue to be out in our community, every single day, during this unprecedented time. Their hard work and dedication should not be overshadowed with this one officers decisions he made while off-duty.

Thank you,

Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson
Aurora Police Department
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Apr 06, 2020 at 3:05 PM
  
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 March 10th at 11:54 PM, Aurora Police and Fire-Rescue responded to a crash on the 1300 block of South Chambers Circle.  There they found a 2008 Saab sedan had crashed into a parked cable company work van.  The adult female driver and male occupant of the Saab self-extricated after the crash.  Both parties were transported to a local hospital. The male later died from injuries sustained in the crash.  

The Aurora Police Traffic Unit responded for the investigation.  Evidence indicates that the Saab was southbound on S. Chambers Cir., when it swerved off the right side of the road and into the parked van. 

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash.  As a result, the driver was arrested for Vehicular Homicide.  Her identity will be released at a later time. 

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will assist in determining the exact cause of death of the victim and release his identity after family notifications have been made.

Sergeant Chris Carleton
Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigations
6 N. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011
303-739-6243
ccarleto@auroragov.org

Posted by ccarleto@auroragov.org  On Mar 11, 2020 at 6:46 AM
  

A motorcycle was eastbound E Quincy Ave in the right lane when a Westbound Quincy Ave Hyundai sedan made a left turn to southbound Pitkin St. The motorcycle impacted the passenger side of the Hyundai ejecting the adult male rider of the motorcycle.  The adult rider of the motorcycle was pronounced at the scene.

 The adult male driver of the Hyundai was not injured and remained on scene for the investigation.

 The roadway was closed for eastbound Quincy traffic and both northbound/southbound Pitkin at Quincy traffic for the investigation.
Speed appears to be a factor
We are not releasing the name of the deceased until family is notified.  Further inquiries should be made to the Arapaho County Coroner's Office. 

Sgt. Gregory Garcia
Aurora Police Dept.
Traffic Section
720-675-8915

Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Mar 10, 2020 at 3:03 PM
  

(February 19, 2020) On Wednesday February 19, 2020 at about 11:20 a.m., Aurora Police Department Officers in the area of East Mississippi Avenue and North Sable Boulevard saw a pickup truck and recognized that it was stolen in a burglary yesterday.  The keys were taken from an unsecured locker at the Morehead Recreation Center.  

Officers in an unmarked patrol vehicle observed a stolen vehicle in the area.  As officers were investigating the stolen vehicle it was involved in a crash.  Officers had not yet initiated a traffic stop, nor were they in pursuit.
The officers began to follow the vehicle without turning on their lights and sirens because they were in an unmarked car.  The driver of the stolen pickup, a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, ran the red light at East 6th Avenue and North Sable Boulevard.  The pickup truck struck an RTD bus, another pickup truck, and an Aurora City Parks and Recreation vehicle.    The Aurora Officers did not turn on their lights and siren to make a traffic stop before the driver accelerated.  

The stolen pickup truck rolled, striking a power box, and came to rest in the ditch just north of E. 6th Avenue and N. Dillon Way.  There were seven juvenile passengers in the stolen pickup truck.  Aurora Fire Rescue and Falk Ambulance responded to the scene.  Multiple people had to be extricated from the stolen pickup truck.  In total, there were nine people injured: seven minor injuries, one serious, and one critical.    

The damage to the power box has caused power outages in the area.  

The intersection was closed for a period of time while officers were investigating this incident.  

Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigators are handling this investigation which is ongoing.  It will be some time before appropriate charges are determined.  The names of those involved are not being released at this time. 

Agent Faith R. Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Feb 19, 2020 at 4:35 PM
  
(February 12, 2020) On February 10, 2020, Public Safety Communications Division received a 911 call at approximately 10:51 A.M. about a male shot in the area of 359 North Potomac Circle. Aurora Police Officers quickly arrived on scene and located an adult male who had been shot. Officers applied a tourniquet to this male that likely saved his life. This male was then transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

Officers gathered descriptions of additional individuals seen running from the scene and relayed this information over the radio. Responding officers observed two additional males matching that description near the intersection of East 2nd Place and North Potomac Street. These males were contacted, and both were armed with firearms when detained. While speaking to these individuals, one was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. The other male was suffering from a different health issue but was not shot. These two adult males were both transported to the hospital in non-critical condition.

While checking the immediate area near 359 North Potomac Circle, officers located an additional male that had been shot inside of a black vehicle. This male was rushed to the hospital in extremely serious condition, where he currently remains. The only information we are releasing currently about the male’s identity is that he is 17 years old.

Two of the people involved have since been released from the hospital and both have been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Due to the ongoing investigation, and needing to complete additional interviews and photo lineups, their names and booking photos are unavailable.

A third adult male is still admitted into the hospital in serious condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries. Once discharged, this male will be arrested and charged with attempted murder. Additionally, because of the active investigation, his name and booking photo will not be available for release at this time.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing. If you have any information or video of the crime, please contact Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes Homicide Unit at 303-739-6710. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Any further inquiries about this case will need to be directed to their office.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2020 at 10:42 AM
  

(February 5th, 2020) In July of 2019, the Aurora Police Department Economic Crimes Unit began investigating a forgery scam that targeted a 16-year-old high school student.  The suspects in this scam used social media to contact the victim and enticed him to provide his banking information.  They would then deposit forged money orders into the victim’s account.  As soon as the money was deposited into the account, the suspects would withdraw the money before the money orders were discovered to be forgeries.  The victim was promised a small portion of the cash in exchange for the use of their account. Instead, the victim was held financially responsible for the returned lost funds.

Through an extensive investigation, APD Investigator Myshell Bolton was able to identify the three suspects and locate additional victims.  The suspects were identified as Hussein Farah, 23-year-old male (shown in image below with a black shirt), Abdihakiin Hassan, 19-year-old male (shown in image below with a grey Nike shirt), and a 16-year-old male.  No further information will be released on the juvenile suspect.

On 01/10/2020 Investigator Bolton filed criminal charges of Money laundering, Identity Theft, Forgery, and other crimes with the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office issued warrants for all three suspects and will prosecute the case.  Hassan turned himself in on 01/25/2020.  The juvenile male was arrested on 02/02/2020 by Aurora Police Department.  Farah has not yet been arrested.  Any further inquiries regarding this case should be directed to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

The Aurora Police Department urges parents to speak with their children because we believe there may be other victims of this scheme. Victims may be hesitant to come forward due to a fear of being criminally charged.  However, the APD and District Attorney’s Office will review each case and may take the stance, as they did in this case, that these are innocent victims that have been coerced by the suspects into the scheme.

If any members of the public have information about this case, please contact Investigator Myshell Bolton at 303.739.6142.

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). 

The below photograph of Farah is a previous booking photograph provided by Denver Police Department.  

A. Hassen   H. Farah

Agent Faith R. Goodrich
Public Information Officer
303.739.6038


Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Feb 05, 2020 at 10:37 AM
  

  On February 2, 2020 at 1:16 AM, Aurora Police and Fire responded to a two-vehicle crash on eastbound Colfax Ave. between Laredo St. and Airport Blvd.  On scene they found that a 1996 Cadillac had been driving westbound in the eastbound lanes and crashed head-on into a Ford Explorer pickup.  The female driver of the Cadillac, who was not wearing her seat belt, died as a result of her injuries. The driver of the Explorer was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.   It is unknown why the Cadillac was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Colfax. 

  We are not releasing the name of the deceased.  The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will positively identify her and notify family.

Chris Carleton
Sergeant, Traffic Investigations
Acting Lieutenant Traffic Bureau
6 N. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011
303-739-6243
ccarleto@auroragov.org

Posted by ccarleto@auroragov.org  On Feb 03, 2020 at 7:57 AM
  

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
  
Aurora Colorado
January 27th, 2020
Case number 2020-3529

At about 6:07 AM, the Aurora Police Department received 911 calls of a Auto vs. Pedestrian crash near the intersection of E. 17th Ave. and N. Peoria St.   First responders arriving found an adult female who was declared deceased on scene.

Initial investigation indicates that a 1997-2003 Maroon Chevrolet Malibu, was traveling northbound on Peoria St. and had a green light at the intersection.  It appears as if the pedestrian was crossing Peoria st. against the crosswalk indicator when struck.  The vehicle did not remain on scene.

Investigators are attempting to locate the run vehicle. 

This in an ongoing investigation and further updates will be released

Anyone with information relating to the run vehicle should call:

Detective Chad Berger
303-739-6623

 
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Jan 27, 2020 at 10:38 AM
  
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