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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 Public Information Officer. 

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(May 14) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that happened on East Colfax Avenue near North Laredo Street.  

On Saturday May 14th, 2022 at about 9:17 p.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and North Laredo Street.  

When officers arrived on scene they located two pick-up trucks that were involved in the crash.  Initial investigation revealed one pick-up truck was making a left turn from eastbound East Colfax Avenue to northbound North Laredo Street and was stuck by the second pick-up truck that was traveling westbound on East Colfax Avenue.  

The turning pick-up truck was driven by an adult male and there was an adult female passenger.  The female passenger was transported to the hospital where sadly, she was pronounced deceased. The driver of that truck was also transported with unknown injuries.  The driver of the second truck remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.  

The identification of the female passenger will be released by the Adam's County Coroner’s Office once she has been positively identified and her next-of-kin have been notified.

This is an open and ongoing investigation that will be headed by the Aurora Police Traffic Section.  It is unknown at this time if there were any contributing factors.  At this early stage in the investigation, no arrests have been made.  


We ask that anyone who witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash, to please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if they haven't already spoken to the investigators

This is Aurora’s eighteenth crash fatality for 2022. 

Acting Lt. Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On May 14, 2022 at 11:51 PM
  
On May 13th, 2022 at about 5 p.m. Aurora Police responded to the area of 15270 East 6th Avenue after Aurora911 received numerous calls about a shooting at that location.   When officers arrived on scene they found two people suffering from gunshot wounds, both adult males.  Sadly, they were pronounced deceased on scene by Aurora Fire Rescue.  Detectives from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be the lead investigators for this incident. The facts and circumstances leading up to this shooting are still being determined however, Detectives believe all involved people have been identified.   Once the victims have been positively identified and their next of kin have been notified the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release the names of the victims. Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7807. Tipsters are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous. Acting Lieutenant Faith Goodrich-PIO Commanding Officer Media Relations Unit 720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On May 13, 2022 at 9:02 PM
  
(May 5) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is now investigating after a man dies after being shot on April 22.

On April 22, 2022 at about 3:20 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to shooting at 13140 East Kansas Drive. Upon officers' arrival, they located a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. This man was transported to the hospital where he remained until his tragic passing on May 4, 2022.

Detectives from our District 1 Investigations initially handled this investigation, but since the victim died, our Major Crimes Homicide Unit is now responsible for this investigation. At this early stage in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to this death, to include suspect descriptions, are still being determined.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office has positively identified the victim as 32-year-old Noah Pfister.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting, or has information about this homicide, is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On May 05, 2022 at 11:02 AM
  
(May 4) On March 4, 2022 about 4:30a, officers responded to reports of an injured woman in a parking lot near East 11th Avenue and North Peoria Street. Officers located a woman with serious injuries who was quickly transported to the hospital. The woman stated that she had just met a man a short time prior to the incident and was driven to this location around 1:30a. The man ended up choking her unconscious, pushed her out of the vehicle and then running her over. The man left the scene and the victim laid in the parking lot for hours before being discovered.

District 1 Detectives immediately began investigating this incident. The victim, who had to be hospitalized numerous times since the incident happened, died from her injuries on April 19. It was at this time that Detectives from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit took over the investigation. Just recently, a suspect was positively identified.

On May 3, Aurora Police Homicide Detectives arrested Jordan Howard (9/19/1997) and booked him into the Aurora Jail early this morning on suspicion of 1st Degree Murder. This case will now be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Jordan’s booking photo has been included below.

Major Crimes Unit Detectives believe that there might be additional victims that may not have reported being assaulted by Jordan Howard. We urge them to please come forward. They can contact Investigator Harris at 303.739.6714.

The Major Crimes Homicide Unit is asking for anyone who witnessed this, and have not yet spoken to police, to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the victim's name after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Jordan Howard
Posted by [email protected]  On May 04, 2022 at 5:30 PM
  
(April 26) On April 26th, 2022 at approximately 11:06p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of an injury crash in the intersection of South Buckley Road and East Mexico Avenue.  

When they arrived, Officers discovered this crash involved a motorcycle and a Cadillac Escalade  The driver of the motorcycle, an adult male, was lying in the roadway and was pronounced on scene after they were evaluated by Aurora Fire Rescue.  The driver, also an adult male, of the Cadillac remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation.  

Investigators believe that prior to the crash the Cadillac was traveling southbound on Buckley Road and struck the motorcycle just north of the intersection.  Initial investigation revealed that the motorcycle was possibly making a left-hand turn onto East Mexico Avenue from northbound Buckley Road.  Further investigative steps will confirm path of travel for each driver.  

The name of the deceased 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 kin have been notified about his death.  

The Aurora Police Traffic Section is conducting the investigation into this fatal crash. It is unknown at this time if speed or alcohol were a contributing factor. No arrests have been made and this case remains an open and active investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call the Traffic Investigations Unit. 

Parts of the intersection were closed for several hours while investigators completed their on-scene investigation.

Sergeant Faith Goodrich
Media Relations Unit

720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 27, 2022 at 12:09 AM
  
(April 25) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal auto pedestrian crash that occurred near S. Havana Street and E. Virginia Avenue.

On Monday, April 25th, 2022, at about 8:55 p.m., Aurora Police received calls about a crash involving a pedestrian near the intersection of S. Havana Street and E. Virginia Avenue. When officers and Aurora Fire Rescue arrived on scene they found an adult female lying in the roadway.  Sadly, the female was pronounced deceased on scene.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a Jeep Cherokee was traveling north on Havana Street when they struck the pedestrian that was crossing the roadway just south of Virginia Avenue.  The driver of the Jeep remained on scene and was cooperative with the officers.  

It is early in the investigation and there are still many steps to be completed. The Aurora Police Traffic Section will determine the circumstances of the crash and if criminal charges are appropriate.  At this time, it is unknown if speed or intoxication were a factor in the crash.  

The identification of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and their next-of-kin have been notified.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash, and have not yet spoken to investigators.  

This is the 16th traffic related fatality this year.  

Acting Lt. Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 25, 2022 at 9:53 PM
  
(April 24) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal auto pedestrian crash that occurred near E. Colfax Avenue and N. Moline Street.  

On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, at about 10:11p.m., Aurora Police responded a crash involving a pedestrian near the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and N. Moline Street.  The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with serious injuries which sadly, they did not survive.  

The preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota FJ Cruiser was traveling east on E. Colfax Avenue just west of N. Moline Street when they struck an adult male pedestrian that was crossing the roadway.  The driver of the Toyota has been identified and cooperative with officers. 

It is unknown if speed or intoxication were a factor in the crash.  This is an open and ongoing investigation, the Aurora Police Traffic Section will determine the circumstances of the crash and if criminal charges are appropriate at the conclusion of the investigation. 


The identifications of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and their next-of-kin have been notified.

We ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash, and has not yet spoken to police, to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section.

Acting Lt. Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 24, 2022 at 12:31 AM
  
(April 14) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of a 20-year-old after a man dies following a shooting this afternoon.

On April 14, 2022, about 3:24 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to the area of South Laredo Street and East Dartmouth Avenue on reports of a shooting. Officers located a 19-year-old man inside of a vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. This man was transported to the hospital and tragically pronounced deceased about two hours later. It was initially reported to officers on scene that the man shot himself.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be conducting this investigation. Detectives interviewed numerous people and collected evidence on the scene, to include a handgun. During these interviews, it was learned that the victim was shot by someone else in the vehicle while they were in the parking lot located at 17090 East Quincy Avenue.

Detectives have arrested 20-year-old Kevin Altamirano (9/21/2001) and charged him with manslaughter. A booking photo is below. This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The Major Crimes Homicide Unit is asking for anyone who witnessed this, and have not yet spoken to police, to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the victim's name after positive identification and notification of next-of-kin.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Booking Photo
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 15, 2022 at 7:57 AM
  
(April 9, 2022) The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section is investigating a fatal traffic crash that killed two last night.

On April 8th, 2022 at approximately 8:13p.m. Aurora Police and Fire Rescue responded to a crash involving four cars and an electric bicycle at North Chambers Road and East 6th Avenue.  

Traffic Investigators believe that a Red Honda CRV was traveling northbound in the 500 block of North Chambers Road when it crossed the center median and travelled into the southbound lanes of traffic.  The suspect vehicle struck an electric bicycle at the entrance of a shopping center on the westside of the roadway. The rider of the bicycle was able to dismount before the collision and left the scene. The suspect vehicle continued to travel northbound and struck a Honda CRV that was traveling eastbound on East 6th Avenue. The suspect vehicle then struck two other vehicles that were stopped for the red light in the southbound lanes of Chambers Road.

Tragically, a 41-year-old women who was in the CRV that was struck by the suspect was killed and pronounced deceased at the scene. A 43-year-old man, a 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy who were in the CRV were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The 5-year-old girl later died  from her injuries at the hospital. The man remains in critical condition and the boy was treated and released. The occupants of the other vehicles were not injured. 

The suspect in this crash, Juan Pablo Pasqal-Licea of Aurora was also transported to a local hospital for treatment. Once he was treated and released he was arrested for Vehicular Homicide and Driving While Under the Influence.  He is currently in-custody at the Aurora Detention Center.

The names of the victims will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once they have been positively identified and their next of kin have been notified.

The intersection was closed for several hours during the investigation and was re-opened at around 4:30a.m.

Juan Pablo Pasqal-Licea
BOOKING PHOTO: Juan Pablo Pasqal-Licea  , Date of Birth: 05/01/1991 

Acting Captain Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 09, 2022 at 7:57 AM
  
The Aurora Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in obtaining information about an active sexual assault on a juvenile investigation.  On March 24, 2022 at approximately 8:00 P.M., a concerning incident occurred at the Aurora Sports Park located at 19300 E. Colfax Ave.  The incident was reported to police a few days later on March 29, 2022 and detectives from the Crimes Against Children Unit immediately began investigating the incident once reported.  During this incident, it is alleged that an adult male suspect had inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile in a public restroom.  The suspect is described as being a light skinned black male, with a thin build, approximately 5’9” in height, with short hair. He is reported to have a forearm tattoo that states either “Thug Life” or “Young Life.”  Since reported, this has been an active investigation and therefore further specific details cannot be released at this time.  During the investigation, detectives learned that a similar incident occurred in November of 2021, but this incident was never reported to police. 

The Aurora Police Department asks persons to remain vigilant for suspicious activity in the area of the Aurora Sports Park.  Anyone who has information about these incidents or the identity of the suspect is urged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a rewards of up to $2,000. 

Map of area of crime
Aerial view of the location of the crime

Tips for parents on keeping your children safe from abuse.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Apr 08, 2022 at 5:32 PM
  
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