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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 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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In October of last year, Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson unveiled her five-point plan for rebuilding community trust, called “A New Way.” One of the most important leadership components of the plan is to elevate community relations to the highest level of the organization by adding a non-sworn member to lead those efforts to the Chief’s Executive Staff.

Chief Wilson is pleased to announce the appointment of Claudine McDonald as the Aurora Police Department’s Chief Community Relations Officer. Prior to accepting this new position with the APD, she was the Community Relations Manager for the City of Aurora.

In her new role Claudine will oversee and direct the operations of the department’s newly created Community Relations Section which includes Recruiting, Community Relations Officers, Aurora for Youth Programs, Police Explorers, the Chief’s Community Police Advisory Team and Chief’s Youth Advisory Team. She will also continue to serve as a liaison for the Aurora Community Police Task Force. 

Claudine spent 22 years in the public sector working for a non-profit as the Director of Member Engagement and Inclusion before joining the City of Aurora. As the Community Relations Manager she advocated for the effective use of available human, community and social service resources in the city. She oversaw the city’s Human Relations Commission, Veterans’ Affairs Commission and coordinated groups such as the Aurora Key Community Response Team, Aurora Community of Faith, ReACT (Responding to Aurora’s Critical Topics).

Claudine has received two Governor of Colorado appointments. One for the Governor’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council where she promoted diversity and competency to increase quality of services. The second where she was appointed to the Senate Bill 211 Advisory Commission to Cover All Colorado Kids to promote healthcare coverage for all Colorado children.

Claudine is a former two-term elected member of the Chery Creek School District Board of Education. She was the first Chicana/Pacific-Islander to serve in that capacity. During her tenure she was a continuous voice for addressing issues impacting students/families of color and inclusive excellence.

Claudine earned her degree in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has trained on the topic of Healthcare Diversity/Cultural Competency issues to over 70,000 individuals around the country and has worked to integrate diversity/disability perspectives into organizational structures.

“I am so happy that Claudine has accepted this important position on my Executive Team. I’m excited to see the new ideas and initiatives she brings to our organization and community” said Chief Wilson. Her vast experience, education and knowledge in the field of community relations will be a great benefit to the department as we move forward with our “A New Way” plan for rebuilding trust with our community”

“I am looking forward to continuing to advocate for our community while building stronger meaningful relationships with the members of the Aurora Police Department. I believe that listening and collaborating together are key to bringing about the changes we all want to see” said Mrs. McDonald.

Claudine McDonald
Chief Community Relations Officer Claudine McDonald

Lieutenant Chris Amsler, PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jan 07, 2021 at 4:03 PM
  

(January 5) On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at about 5:45 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash on East Smith Road at Quentin Street.

The initial investigation has revealed the driver of a Subaru station wagon was travelling westbound on East Smith Road when it came upon a pedestrian in the roadway at Quentin Street.  The driver unsuccessfully attempted to avoid striking the pedestrian. The driver remained at the scene of the accident. Drugs, alcohol nor speed are believed to be contributing factors to the accident. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

The adult male pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. 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 Jan 05, 2021 at 7:35 PM
  
On December 26th, 2020 at around 11:18 p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a possible shooting in the 2000 Block of North Fulton Street

Upon arrival officers located a deceased adult male with an apparent gunshot wound in the alleyway between Fulton and Florence Street. At this time Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are investigating this case as a suspicious death.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and the next of kin have been notified of his passing.  

Any witnesses to this shooting are are asked to submit a tip or call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 27, 2020 at 2:44 AM
  
UPDATE:  Arrest made in Mariscos El Rey Homicide Case

Aurora Police have arrested a 28-year-old woman for the murder of an 18-year-old man that occurred at the Mariscos El Rey Restaurant on December 22, 2020. 

Following-up on investigative leads, officers arrested Jacqueline De Paz (DOB: 03/27/92) for 2nd Degree Murder during a traffic stop at East Colfax Avenue and North Boston Street at around 3:30 this afternoon.  De Paz was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Aurora Detention Center where she is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond.


Jacqueline De Paz, DOB: 03/27/92

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commander Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released on December 23, 2020:

On Tuesday December 22, 2020, at 7:59 p.m., multiple 911 callers reported a shooting at Mariscos El Rey 2 located at 10293 East Iliff Avenue.

Upon Aurora police officers arrival an adult male was found in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital were tragically he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Initial information obtained suggests a disturbance in the parking lot led to a male being fatally shot. Right now, investigators are still working to identify a suspect(s) and believe this was an isolated incident.

It is not yet clear if the suspect(s) were known to the deceased, or what caused the disturbance. This homicide investigation remains active and ongoing, and no additional information is known to provide at this time.

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 properly notified.

Anyone with information about this homicide investigation is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). By using crime stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Dec 24, 2020 at 8:48 PM
  
On December 17, 2020, Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson terminated the employment of Officer Jordan Odneal.

On June 4th and June 7th Officer Odneal entered a request for overtime pay into the department’s automated scheduling system for time that he spent completing an on-line training course. In the entry he indicated that his overtime pay had been approved by his supervisor. This was not the case, prior to entering his entry into the system he was told by his supervisor that he was not authorized overtime pay to complete the training.

After the completion of the Internal Affairs Bureau investigation the case was reviewed by a discipline review board and the Independent Review Board (IRB). He was sustained for violating three department directives and both boards recommended termination. After reviewing all the facts and recommendations regarding this case Chief Wilson made the decision to terminate his employment.

“On day one of our academy we instill in our officers the core values of duty, honor and integrity. Through our New Way plan, we have added the important pillar of accountability. Officer Odneal’s actions have diminished those values. Our officers deserve to work alongside someone who upholds these important principles." said Chief Wilson. “I pledge that I will hold those who commit such egregious acts accountable for their actions. I want to reassure our community that the Aurora Police Department has over 750 men and women who are devoted to serving our community every single day.”

Officer Odneal joined the Aurora Police Department in 2011 and was last assignment was Patrol Officer.

IA Investigation Summary 

Lieutenant Chris Amsler 
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit



Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 21, 2020 at 4:18 PM
  
(December 18, 2020)  The Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit is investigating a deadly hit and run crash that occurred on December 16th, 2020 at the intersection of East Iliff Avenue and South Peoria Street. 

At around 7:30 p.m. a 62-year-old man was crossing East Iliff Avenue in the westbound lanes of traffic when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.  After striking the man the driver fled the scene of the crash.  A passerby found the victim laying in the roadway and called police.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment, tragically he died from his injuries today.  At this time there is no information about the suspect vehicle or the driver.  Investigators are asking anyone with information about this deadly crash to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.  Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

This is the 35th fatal accident in the city of Aurora for 2020.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 18, 2020 at 8:28 PM
  

(December 17, 2020) On Saturday March 21st at approximately 5:45p.m officers responded to a homicide at the Windsor Court Apartments located in the 10900 block of East 16th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of Octavius Demond Styles (09/04/1995), please note this is the correct spelling of his name and corrected date of birth from previous releases.

Styles was arrested in Hollywood, Florida on an active Homicide warrant issued by the 17th Judicial District. At this time, Styles is still in the custody of the Broward County Sheriff's Office until he is extradited to Colorado.

The attached booking photo courtesy of the Broward County Sheriff's Office and can also be found online at https://apps.sheriff.org/ArrestSearch/InmateDetail/132001427.
DemondStyles
Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 





(June 15, 2020) On Saturday, March 21st, 2020, at approximately 5:45 P.M, District 1 Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, which are located in the 10900 block of East 16th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

Through our investigation, we have identified Octavius Demond Styles (09/04/1995) as the suspect. Octavis is described as 5’10”, 175lbs, with multiple tattoos to include distinctive tattoos on his neck (pictured below). Octavis currently has a warrant for First Degree Murder.

We are currently searching for Octavis and we are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to please call 911 or reaching out to 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

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Information previously released on March 21st, 2020


On Saturday March the 21st at approximately 5:45p.m, District 1 Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, which are located in the 10900 block of East 16th Avenue in Northwest Aurora. 

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in an apartment who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumb 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 Adams 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 Agent Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. 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 Dec 17, 2020 at 5:14 PM
  

(December 7) On Sunday, December 6, 2020, at about 5:05 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash at East 18th Avenue and Chambers Road.

The initial investigation has revealed a Ford Ranger was struck by a Dodge truck while the Ford Ranger was making a left turn from westbound East 18th Avenue to southbound Chambers Road.  Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors to the accident, but speed is possibly a factor. This investigation remains active and ongoing.

The 68-year-old male driver of the Ford Ranger was transported to an area hospital where he was later succumbed to his injuries. 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 Dec 07, 2020 at 8:44 AM
  

(November 26, 2020) On Thursday November 19, 2020, at approximately 11:27 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to the Aurora Day Resource Center located at 13387 East 19th Place on a reported stabbing.  

Upon arrival officers located a 44-year-old male suffering from an apparent stab wound, and he was transported to an area hospital. Tragically today he succumbed to his injuries.  

Abdifatah M. Nur DOB: 01/20/1979 was arrested at the scene on November 19th and initially charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder. Since the victim has now died, Abdifatah Nur will now be charged with First Degree Murder which will be prosecuted by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Nur’s Aurora Police booking photo has been provided below.  

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adam’s County Coroner’s Office after he has been positively identified, and his next of kin have been notified.   

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and district detectives are investigating this homicide. At this time, it is not clear what the relationship between the two was.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.423.5095
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Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 26, 2020 at 7:09 PM
  
(November 22) On Sunday, November 22, 2020, at about 5:22 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to an auto-pedestrian accident at East Colfax Avenue and Clinton Street.

Upon arrival officers discovered a 75-year-old woman suffering from multiple injuries after being struck by a newer model black Yukon. The woman was transported to an area hospital where tragically she succumbed to her injuries.

The initial investigation has revealed the woman did not use a crosswalk when crossing the roadway when she was struck by the Yukon. The adult male driver of the Yukon remained at the scene. Neither Drugs, alcohol nor speed are believed to be contributing factors to the accident. This investigation remains active and ongoing

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and her 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 Nov 22, 2020 at 10:18 PM
  
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