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 Francisco Saucedo-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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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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(June 20) On Sunday June 20, 2021 at approximately 12:51 a.m., officers responded to a single-vehicle traffic crash on southbound I-225 just South of East Colfax Avenue involving a 2005 Subaru WRX.

Initial investigation indicates the Subaru was traveling at approximately 120 mph on southbound I-225 when the driver lost control of the vehicle.  All three occupants of the vehicle were ejected and none were wearing a seatbelt.  Two adult occupants were treated for injuries at the hospital and one female tragically succumbed to injuries sustained as a result of the crash.  At this time, the deceased is only known to be female, and her age or identity has not yet been determined.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once she has been positively identified and her next of kin have notified. 

This crash remains under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police. 

 Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 20, 2021 at 6:12 AM
  
On June 14, 2021 at approximately 5:15p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of an injury crash involving a motorcycle and a car at the intersection of South Parker Road (CO-83) and East Belleview Avenue. Upon arrival officers discovered the rider of the motorcycle, a 25-year-old man from Aurora, unresponsive.  He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.  

Initial investigation indicated that the motorcycle was traveling north on S. Parker Rd. through the intersection at E. Belleview Ave.  The driver of a 2006 Chevy sedan, which was southbound on Parker turning onto Belleview, turned left in front of the motorcycle, causing the crash.  Investigators from the Aurora Police Traffic Section believe the sedan may have taken the right-of-way of the motorcycle when it turned.

The driver of the sedan, a 48 year old man from Aurora, remained on-scene and was cooperative with the investigation.

The identity of the motorcyclist may be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been identified and his next of kin have notified.   

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Command Officer and Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 14, 2021 at 9:31 PM
  
On Friday, June 11th, 2021 at around 10:20p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of South Fraser Street and South Fraser Court in the Meadow Hills Neighborhood.  Upon arrival they located evidence of an apparent shooting at that location; however no victims were located at the scene. A short time later two shooting victims arrived at the Emergency Department of a local hospital by private vehicle. 

Tragically, one of the victim, who is an adult male, has died from his injuries.  The second victim, a 17-year-old male was treated and released from the hospital this morning.  The name of the deceased victim is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kind have been notified.

The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation into this homicide.  It is in the very early stages and at this time there is no additional information that is being released. Investigators are still in the process of interviewing witnesses, area residents and sorting through details to determine exactly what lead up to this fatal shooting.  

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about the case is asked to contact Agent Ethan Snow at 303.739.6523.  Tipsters can also report information by using Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer/Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 12, 2021 at 7:49 AM
  

Aurora to Host Juneteenth Celebration Event
Singer-songwriter Toney Rocks among the performers


AURORA, Colo. - A Juneteenth celebration featuring live entertainment, kid's activities and community resources will be held Saturday, June 19, at Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Parkway. The event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., is sponsored by the Aurora Police Department, city of Aurora, Town Center at Aurora and ReACT (Responding to Aurora's Critical Topics), a volunteer group.

Aurora’s Juneteenth celebration is a family event that will include youth performances, a storyteller, local exhibitors, and musical acts, including Las Vegas singer-songwriter Toney Rocks.

The event will be located inside the shopping mall. "Town Center at Aurora is honored to partner with the City of Aurora to provide a free event in celebration of Juneteenth. We invite the community to join us as we work to create an equitable future for all based on empathy, love and respect." Joel Boyd, General Manager of Town Center at Aurora.

"Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom and an opportunity to promote an inclusive community," said Claudine McDonald, Aurora Police Department's Community Relations Chief Executive. "When a community member brought the idea for this event to our ReACT group, we knew this fit right in with Chief Wilson's 'New Way' plan to elevate community voices and show our commitment to a collaborative and community-based future."

"A New Way" is Police Chief Vanessa Wilson's plan for restoring community trust.

"Planning a community event during the pandemic has been a challenge. But our desire to bring Aurora together to learn more about each other, recognize our humanity and where our lives may connect in surprising ways - this is what made us push forward with the event. We invite everyone to come learn more about history and grow together as a community," said Gerald Brewer, Chair, ReACT.

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached African Americans in Texas and commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The historical significance of the event is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate Aurora's diverse cultures.

For scheduled line up of events and exhibitors, please visit www.auroragov.org/Juneteenth.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 10, 2021 at 3:03 PM
  

On Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:45 a.m., the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a single vehicle crash into a Heather Gardens residential building located at 13952 East Marina Drive.

The initial investigation has revealed an 88-year-old male driver experienced an apparent medical episode causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash into the building.  A front seat passenger of the vehicle was the driver’s elderly wife.

 The driver and his wife were transported to an area hospital where tragically his wife died as a result of her injuries related to the crash.  Additionally, a leashed dog being walked by their owner near the building was struck by the vehicle and died at the scene.

 The driver remains hospitalized in serious condition. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once she has been positively identified and next of kin have been properly notified. 

This crash remains under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  At this time, no criminal charges are expected to be pursued.  Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police. 

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jun 06, 2021 at 11:31 AM
  

The Aurora Police Department, in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, area school districts, and local nonprofit organizations, will host a Summer Kick-Off event on Saturday, June 5, at Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave. in Aurora. This free event is open to the public and will provide food and resources to 1,000 Aurora families. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until all food has been distributed.

All Aurora households are eligible regardless of income, size or status. Food items will include ready-to-eat meals, canned and boxed goods, grains, fresh produce, dairy and protein. In addition, 30,000 diapers, 5,000 pounds of pet supplies and 1,000 summer activity packs will be distributed to community members. Summer activity packs include books, at-home activities, water bottles, online resources and community engagement opportunities for kids and teens.

If you drive to the event, remain in your car and wait your turn in line; do not park and leave your vehicle. If you are walking, please remember to practice social distancing while waiting your turn and wear a face covering.

For more information about this event, contact APDCommunity@auroragov.org or 303.739.7281.

What: The Aurora Police Department, in partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, area school districts, Denver7 News and other nonprofit organizations, is hosting a drive-thru kick-off event to provide food and resources to 1,000 Aurora families.
Who: Aurora Police Department, Food Bank of the Rockies, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek School District, Denver7, Aurora Animal Services, Colorado Pet Pantry, Racing for Paws, SECORCares, WeeCycle and Servicios de La Raza have partnered on this event.
When: Saturday, June 5. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until all food has been distributed.
Media is invited for interviews between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Overland High School
12400 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora, CO 80012
Why: The past year has caused hardships for many local families. By leveraging resources, community partners are able to expand their reach with the goal of helping Aurora families start the summer with much needed food, baby and pet supplies and summer activity packs to keep teens and kids active.

Event Coordinator: Joshua Nicholas, Senior Community Engagement Specialist, Aurora Police Department

Interview Opportunities:
• Claudine McDonald, Community Relations Chief Executive– Aurora Police Department
• Katie Lopez, Assistant Director of Nutrition Services – Aurora Public Schools
• Erin Pulling, President/CEO – Food Bank of the Rockies
• Julissa Soto, Director of Statewide Programs, Servicios de La Raza
• Amy Pfister, Community Outreach Coordinator, SECORCares
• Christina Stinson, Executive Director, Aurora Interfaith Community Services
• Community Volunteers


Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

KickOff KickOff

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 04, 2021 at 7:52 AM
  
(June 2, 2021) On May 17, 2021, around 5:54 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Flying J, located at 16751 East 32nd Avenue, on an injured person call. An adult male was transported to the hospital after falling backwards and hitting his head in the parking lot of the business. This male was later pronounced deceased on May 20, 2021.

The Adams County Coroner later performed an autopsy and has since ruled this death a homicide. Following this determination, detectives with our Major Crimes Homicide Unit has been investigating this case. The victim has been positively identified as 72-year-old Kevin Stymiest.

Investigators have determined that an argument in the parking lot led to a physical altercation between the victim and another adult male. During the fight, the victim was punched and fell backwards which is when he suffered the fatal injuries. The other male involved in the altercation is cooperating with the investigation and we are consulting with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for potential criminal charges, if any. This other male will not be identified at this time. 

Anyone who might have information on this case, that has not yet spoken to detectives, is asked to submit an online crime tip by going to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers or calling 720.913.7867. Tipsters can also remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 03, 2021 at 1:47 PM
  
(June 2, 2021) On Monday, May 31, 2021, the Aurora Police Department received a report pertaining to allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct involving a suspect, Enrique de Jesus Carrillo-Rivera (DOB: 07/02/2002), a classroom monitor who was employed by the Aurora Public School District and worked at Vaughn Elementary School.

Investigators are still working to investigate this matter. At this time, limited information is being released as to protect the integrity of this very active, open investigation. Aurora Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Detectives are investigating this incident as well as seeking any information about potential victims that haven’t been reported involving Carrillo-Rivera. The Aurora Police Department is working closely in conjunction with the Aurora Public School District.

On June 1, 2021, Carrillo-Rivera was arrested and booked into the Aurora City Jail on the following charges: Internet Luring of a Child and Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Carrillo-Rivera is no longer employed by the Aurora Public School District.

It is possible that there are additional persons who may have been victimized by Carrillo-Rivera and have not yet reported it. The Aurora Police Department is asking anybody who is a witness or has information about circumstances surrounding this investigation to please call the Internet Crimes Against Children Tip-Line at (303) 739-6164. If there are any additional victims who are wishing to report to police, they are asked to call Police Dispatch at (303) 627-3100 immediately. A photo is being released to the public in the event that there are additional victims who have not yet come forward in filing a report with Police.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Carlos Carrillo-Rivera
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jun 02, 2021 at 4:04 PM
  
(May 26) On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at approximately 09:00 a.m., District 2 Patrol Officers responded to a shooting at 1305 South Elkhart Way.

Officers located an adult male who had been shot inside of an apartment. This male suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Suspect information was gathered by witness statements and a positive identification of the shooter was obtained. The suspect, Demajhea Tuggle (02/02/2003), was quickly located and arrested by our Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team. He was booked into the Aurora Jail on 1st Degree Murder charges. A booking photo is available at the bottom of this press release.

This case continues to be investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit. 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.

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.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Demajhea Tuggle

*there has been a correction to the suspect's name above. It was previously spelled Demaijhea, but should have been Demajhea*
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On May 27, 2021 at 3:06 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department will be conducting Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. This is part of our continuing commitment to the statewide effort to combat drunk drivers and reduce alcohol related traffic accidents and fatalities. This checkpoint is part of the>DUI Checkpoint Colorado program, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend, continuing through Labor Day weekend. This checkpoint will be located on South Chambers Road.

Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted briefly by an officer who will be looking for signs of intoxication and/or impairment in the driver. The checkpoint should cause only minor inconvenience to traffic along the targeted roadway, and highly visible signage will be posted leading into the checkpoint screening area. Drivers entering a checkpoint are asked to pay close attention to the officers directing traffic through the area. Motorists should also roll down their drivers' side window as they approach the screening area. This allows for better communication between the motorist and the officer, quicker screening, and a shorter delay overall.

The checkpoint is funded by an N.H.T.S.A. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) grant in partnership with the "Heat is On" campaign and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

DUI Checkpoint Colorado

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 20, 2021 at 10:41 AM
  
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