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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:

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.

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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 24, 2019 at 10:32 p.m. the Aurora Police Department received a “suspicious person” call. The caller reported an adult male was walking on Billings Street near East Colfax Avenue, wearing a ski mask and waving his arms at the caller.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted a male wearing a ski mask. The male would not stop walking down the street from the officer. The male resisted contact, a struggle ensued, and he was taken into custody. Due to the level of physical force applied while restraining the subject and his agitated mental state, officers requested Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) and Falck Ambulance respond to render professional medical attention.

According to AFR, consistent with their accepted protocol, a standard medication routinely utilized to reduce agitation was administered and reduced the exhibited anxiety. Several minutes later during the transport to the hospital the patient suffered a cardiac arrest and lifesaving measures were initiated. He regained a pulse and is currently being treated at a local hospital.

The Aurora PD Victim Services Unit assisted in locating the family and taking them to the hospital. They are providing support as the investigation continues.

During this event, officers were using their issued body worn cameras. Because of the critical nature of this incident, it is being investigated by the APD Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and members of the Denver Police Department to ensure a fair and transparent investigation into the events of that night.

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene that evening and will review the investigation when it is completed.

We are asking anyone with information about this case to please contact Agent M. Ingui at 303-739-6067.
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Aug 26, 2019 at 5:51 PM
  
NEW OPEN RECORDS REQUEST PROCEDURE

 

WHAT:          New Open Records Request Procedure

WHEN:          Effective August 15th, 2019

WHERE:        Aurora Police Department

WHO:           Chief of Police Nick Metz 

CONTACT:   Officer Crystal McCoy, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department

                       (303) 739-6022

Aurora, Colorado-The Aurora Police Department has added a new Open Records Request Coordinator. The coordinator will receive, track and process Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act (CCJRA) requests for the Aurora Police Department.  Anyone, to include members of the public, who wish to receive CCJRA records should complete the CCJRA form which can be located online by clicking HERE or downloading the attached form. Then, click the “CCJRA Open Records Request” button and submit the completed form via email to  APD-ORR@auroragov.org. Please call 303.739.6267 for any additional inquiries related to the request to include status updates on the request.

 

The Open Records Request Coordinator does not receive, process or track Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests. CORA requests will continue to be received, tracked, and processed by the Aurora City Clerk’s Office. Anyone, to include members of the public, who wish to submit a CORA request should complete the CORA form which can be located online by clicking HERE or downloading the attached form. Then, click the “General Records Request Form” button and submit the completed form to municipalrecords@auroragov.org.

 

Our media partners should continue to reach out to the Media Relations Unit (MRU) via email at apdpio@auroragov.org and 720.432.5095 for routine requests and breaking news, but recognize the MRU does not receive, track, or process CORA or CCJRA requests.  

 

We will continue to communicate all critical, in-progress incidents initially via Twitter for immediate messaging as an additional benefit to the public and our media partners. You do not need to have a Twitter account to see that newsfeed. You can follow us on Facebook, NextDoor, Instagram, and Snapchat to see information from various Aurora Police Department units.

 

We encourage our community members to engage with their neighborhood Police Area Representative (PAR) Officer. PAR officers assist their communities in combatting, preventing and solving crimes, as well as developing new strategies to resolve problems. You can learn more about your PAR officer by clicking HERE, and using the Neighborhood PAR Officer map found at the bottom of the webpage.


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CCJRA Request Form 08082019.pdf
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Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 15, 2019 at 3:32 PM
  
On Sunday August 4th, 2019 at approximately 7:08 am, Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to a local freestanding Emergency Room on the report of a juvenile with serious injuries under suspicious circumstances. The initial investigation determined that the juvenile was either riding on or hanging out of a vehicle driven by an older juvenile. The vehicle came to an abrupt stop and the younger juvenile came off the vehicle. The incident occurred on Marguerite Parkway in the Mission Viejo neighborhood.

The juvenile victim was later transferred to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation. Unfortunately, the victim died as a result of his injuries the following day, August 5th. The identities of the juveniles involved are not being released at this time.

The incident is still being investigated by the Aurora Police Department Traffic Section. This marks the 15th traffic related fatality for Aurora in 2019.

Sergeant Mike Douglass
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303-739-6293
Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Aug 06, 2019 at 8:26 PM
  
UPDATE: An adult female was cited for the violation of Aurora City Ordinance Section 94-79 Criminal Tampering. Further information will be released through a CCJRA request.

Please click on this link for the ordinance: https://bit.ly/2Y3uKH6

We continue to look for the other individuals previously released.



On July 12th, 2019, there was a protest at the ICE/GEO Facility regarding the Lights For Liberty.

During this protest, a group of individuals removed three flags being flown in front of the facility, including the U.S. Flag. The three flags were replaced with the Mexican national flag, a desecrated upside down with some red spray paint written on it thin blue line flag, and a flag that read “F##k the Cops”. This same group attempted to burn the U.S. flag that had been removed from the flag pole.

We have obtained photographs of these individuals and are asking for the public's assistance in identifying these persons of interest. 

Anyone with information is asked to either email apdcrimetips@auroragov.org or you can remain anonymous and call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). By calling Crime Stoppers, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. The Aurora Reward Fund is also matching this $2,000 reward, for a total reward of up to $4,000 with information about these individuals. 

If you would like to read the statement issued by Police Chief Nick Metz regarding this incident, follow this link to Facebook:
http://bit.ly/2kiKMdJ



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Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jul 24, 2019 at 2:57 PM
  
On July 22, 2019, at 02:32 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the 1700 block of North Clinton Street on reports of an injured person.

Upon officers arrival they located an adult female suffering from a serious injury. The victim was transported to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Positive identification of the victim, notification of the next-of-kin, and determination of the cause of death will be done by the Adams County Coroner’s Office.

There currently is no danger to the public.

This is now being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. 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 Jul 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  
On July 4th, 2019 at 10:29 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Greensview Apartment Complex located at 16498 East Alameda Place on reports of shots fired which resulted in the death of one adult male.

The next day Scott Alan Mathews 10/1/92, was arrested and charged in this homicide investigation. We have attached a booking photo of Scott Mathews with this release.

This case is being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office and all further media inquiries should be directed to their office.

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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095




Information previously released on July 4th, 2019:

On July 4th, 2019, at 10:29 P.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Greensview Apartment Complex located at 16498 East Alameda Place on reports of shots fired.

Upon officers arrival they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers rendered aid and the victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Positive identification of the victim, notification of the next-of-kin and determination of the cause of death will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

Detectives interviewed a person of interest that was involved in this shooting. That person is a Corrections Officer with the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) who was acting as a private citizen during this incident. Scott Mathews Jr (DOB 10-01-1992) was booked into the City of Aurora Detention Center for at least Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-103 Murder in the Second Degree.

Numerous witnesses were interviewed and to maintain the integrity of the investigation no photo is being released at this time since more witnesses need to be contacted.

There currently is no danger to the public and no outstanding suspects.

This is now being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office due to the suspect being an employee of DOC. We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Prince at 303-739-6127. 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 Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jul 22, 2019 at 11:39 AM
  

On  the late evening of July 14th, 2019 the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit arrested Darius Banks DOB 1/14/00, and charged him with the following Colorado Revised Statutes in relation to this homicide:

18-3-104 Manslaughter, a class four felony
18-8-206 Attempt To Influence A Public Servant, a class four felony

Please see the attached booking photo of Banks. Any further media inquiries regarding this case needs to be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office where this case will be prosecuted.

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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720-432-5095


previously posted on July 14, 2019

On Sunday July 14, 2019 at approximately 7:09 p.m. Aurora Police officers responded to East 13th Avenue, and Newark Street on a reported shooting and traffic crash.

Upon officers arrival they discovered an adult male passenger suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. That male was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds.

At this time, no one is in custody. However, this incident is believed to be isolated, and there is no immediate threat to the community.

Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This is now being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Hansen at 303-739-6710. 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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720-432-5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jul 15, 2019 at 12:01 PM
  

UPDATE: Through diligent investigative work the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit arrested Keith Zotto,    (DOB 10/24/1974) and charged him with at least Colorado Revised Stature 18-3-102(1)(a) Murder in the First Degree.

Zotto will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Further media inquiries should be directed to there. 





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Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095




Information previously release July 2, 2019


On July 2nd, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. Aurora Police officers were dispatched to the 19000 block of East Milan Circle on a missing person report.

After the responding officers initial investigation, they discovered a deceased adult female inside the residence.  This active and ongoing investigation is still in the very early stages, so no further information is currently available. There is no threat to the public related to this incident.

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

The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating this suspicious death. We ask anyone who may have information to please call Aurora Police Agent Sutherland at 303-739-6406. 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).

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
303-739-6022

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jul 03, 2019 at 5:59 PM
  

On Sunday June 30, 2019 at 6:04 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to 965 South Ivory Circle on reports of a stabbing.

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Upon officers arrival they located an adult male victim who was stabbed. The victim was then transported to an area hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries on Monday July 1, 2019 at approximately 2:50 a.m.

Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.
An adult has since been arrested. Due to the ongoing investigational efforts, the identity of the arrestee will be released at a later time. All further media inquires related to this arrest should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

This is now being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Szuch at 303-739-6068. 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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jul 01, 2019 at 10:54 AM
  
On June 29th, 2019 at 11:44 pm, several phone calls were received by Aurora Police and Fire Dispatch giving details of a traffic collision involving pedestrians at 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard in which several people were injured. One person was declared deceased at the scene, while several others were treated at a local hospital. The vehicle fled the scene and was later found unoccupied several miles away.

A juvenile male suspected of being the driver was later taken into custody. The investigation is still ongoing and charges will be determined in conjunction with the 17th Judicial District in the coming days.

The identity of the driver and the victim are not being released at this time.

Further questions or information can be directed to the Aurora Police Traffic Section. This incident marks the 14th traffic fatality of 2019 in Aurora.

Sergeant Mike Douglass
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303-739-6293
Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Jun 30, 2019 at 6:00 AM
  
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