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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

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On October 24th, 1996, at about 0800 hours, Aurora police officers and homicide detectives were dispatched to the alley in the 1200 block of Iola Street.  They discovered the body of twenty-five-year-old Tangie Sims.  Her body had been dumped at the location after she was violently assaulted and stabbed to death.  The initial investigation revealed Sims was last seen walking to a semi-truck.  In addition, it was determined the suspect had cut himself during the murder and had left drops of blood at the scene.  Samples of the suspect’s blood were recovered.

Unfortunately, the case went cold and remained that way for a lengthy period of time.  Current MCHU Detectives Steve Conner and Michael Prince continued to work this case for the family of the victim.  They never quit following up on leads and revisiting the case file.  They knew the best chance of solving this homicide would be through the recovered blood left by the suspect and the incredible advancements that had been made in DNA analysis.

In 2019 advancements in DNA, specifically genealogical research, lead to a break in the case.  United Data Connect, Inc. through the excellent forensic work a genealogist produced a possible suspect by comparing the blood sample to known DNA from a relative.  Detectives Conner and Prince immediately began following up on this information.  The leads took them to North Dakota and Idaho where they located a member of the suspect’s immediate family.  The family member was cooperative and provided a DNA sample to the detectives. 

United Data Connect, Inc. was able to positively identify Wesley Backman DOB 04/12/1955 as the suspect in this horrible crime.  Detectives learned that Backman had passed away in 2008.  The detectives discovered Backman had been an over the road truck driver and had lived in many different locations throughout the United States to include Aurora, CO. 

The excellent work done by the original investigators, the incredible determination of Detectives Conner and Prince, as well as the amazing work done by United Data Connect, Inc. allowed the family of Sims to finally obtain some solace and closure.  The costs of this investigation were provided by Crime Stoppers which continues to provide invaluable assistance with criminal investigations. 

Detectives Conner and Prince continue to work with other police agencies across the country to determine if Backman was responsible for additional unsolved homicides.


Aurora Police Department 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 15, 2020 at 4:44 PM
  

(January 13, 2020) UPDATE: The Aurora Police Department is announcing the arrest of a suspect involved in the shooting that occurred less than 48 hours ago in the 17100 block of East Adriatic Place.

Through dedication and hard work by countless members of this organization, detectives have arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with Attempted First Degree Murder among numerous other criminal offenses.

Due to the ongoing investigation efforts and the suspect being a juvenile, his name and booking photo will not be released at this time. 

We are continuing our investigative efforts to search for additional suspects related to this case. If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to reach out to Agent Barchetti at 303.739.1836. 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 inquires about this case will need to be directed to their office. 

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

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Information Previously Release

(January 12, 2020) On January 11, 2020, Aurora Police Public Safety Communications Division received a 911 call around 10:55 P.M. advising that someone had been shot. Officers were immediately dispatched to 17100 block of East Adriatic Place and arrived on scene within 90 seconds.

Once officers arrived on scene, they located evidence to support that the shooting occurred in one of the apartments. Officers found three people still on scene who were suffering from gunshot wounds. These three individuals were then transported to area hospitals by ambulance. It was learned that there were two other victims but that they already left the scene in a private vehicle. These two other victims arrived at a nearby medical facility where they were then transported to an area hospital by ambulance. In total, there were five people shot.

There are three juvenile victims (two female, one male) and two adult male victims. All three juveniles are over the age of 16. All are listed in serious condition but expected to survive.

We only have a description for one of the suspects. They are described as a black male wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt. There could possibly be additional suspects, but until we are able to interview witnesses and victims, we are unable to confirm this. At this time, a suspect has not been arrested.

The investigation into this shooting is still active and ongoing. If you have any information or video of the crime, please contact Agent Chris Fanning with the District 3 Detective Unit at 303-627-3161. 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.

We understand that an incident like this can be unnerving to those who live in the area. Our top priority right now is to ensure the safety of our residents and to identify the ones responsible for this and quickly arrest them. We will also be increasing police patrols in the area and Officers from the District 3 Police Area Representative Unit (PAR) will be spending their day in the neighborhood.

The following statement from Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson:
"This investigation is a top priority for our agency. We have all of our resources working around the clock right now conducting interviews and collecting evidence. We need the community to come together with us to stop this senseless violence to protect our youth. We continue to ask anyone with information to please call us with any information they may have." 


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

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jan 13, 2020 at 7:52 PM
  

(January 8, 2020) On Wednesday January 8, 2020, at approximately 8:24 a.m. Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to the area of East Tennessee Place and South Truckee Street on a report of suspicious parties in the area.

 

The 911 caller described the suspicious parties as two juvenile females and one juvenile male, all approximately 15 years of age, who were associated with a red Honda CRV.  The caller also advised the parties were looking into homes, and believed they may be attempting to commit a burglary.  Officers learned the Honda CRV was stolen out of Colorado Springs as they were arriving on scene.

 

Upon officers arrival they confronted a juvenile male in the stolen vehicle.  The officer made the decision to discharge his weapon which did not strike the juvenile male.  The juvenile male was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.  A handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

 

All responding officers were equipped with body-worn cameras and will be reviewed as part of this investigation.  The involved officer has worked for the Aurora Police Department for 15 years, and has not been involved in any prior officer-involved shootings at the Aurora Police Department.  The officer will be placed on administrative leave per Aurora Police Department policy.

 

This incident is being investigated by members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department and the 18th Judicial District Attorneys Office in accordance with Senate Bill 15-219.

 

Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorneys Office for criminal culpability review. We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Sutherland at 303.739.6406.

 

Officer Crystal McCoy

Public Information Officer

Aurora Police Department

720.432.5095



Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 08, 2020 at 1:22 PM
  
On January 7th, Aurora Public Safety Communications Center received 911 calls of a motor vehicle accident involving a single motor vehicle. Responding Police and Fire personnel arrived on scene and located an adult male who had been driving a motor vehicle was ejected from the vehicle at E. Calhoun Ave and S. Ider St. The driver was pronounced at the scene.

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit, was notified and is investigating.

At this stage of the investigation, the 4 door sedan was travelling west bound on E. Calhoun Ave and failed to stop for a stop sign at a T-intersection. The vehicle struck large boulders on the west side of S. Ider St and rolled over ejecting the unbelded driver. Unknown if alcohol is a factor.

The Arapahoe County Medical Examiners office were notified. 

The investigation is ongoing, and the release of the identity of the pedestrian will not be made, pending identification verification and notification of next of kin. Any further inquiries should be made to the Arapahoe County coroner's office.

Sgt. G Garcia
Dayshift Traffic
303-739-6293
Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Jan 07, 2020 at 10:24 AM
  

(January 6, 2020) On Monday January 6, 2020, Denver police officers were conducting a stolen vehicle investigation in the City of Denver which led them into the City of Aurora. 

 

At approximately 6:05 p.m. Denver police officers requested emergency assistance from the Aurora Police Department while in the 13700 block of East Iliff Avenue after an adult male exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot.  

During the ensuing
 foot pursuit, the male produced a handgun and at least one Denver police officer made the decision to discharge their weapon striking the armed male who later succumbed to his injuries in an area hospital at approximately 6:33 p.m. 


The identity of the male will be released by the Denver County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of his next-of-kin. 

 

This officer-involved shooting caused the southbound off-ramp from I-225 onto East Iliff Avenue to be closed for several hours while officers investigated this incident. 

 

The involved Denver police officer(s) nor any members of the public were injured as a result of this incident.  Any further requests for information related to the involved Denver police officers should be directed to the Denver Police Department Public Affairs Office. 

 

In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219 members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will investigate this officer-involved shooting.  Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review.

 

We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent J. Krieger at 303.739.6113.

 

Officer Crystal McCoy

Public Information Officer

Aurora Police Department

720.432.5095

 

 

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 06, 2020 at 11:48 PM
  
(January 3, 2020) On January 3rd, 2020 about 1:45 A.M.,  Aurora Police Officers responded to the alley in the 1400 block of Havana Street on a report of a person suffering from a head injury.

Upon arriving they located a male with a gunshot wound. Sadly, the male succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The Aurora Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating this death as a homicide. We are asking anyone with information to call Agt. H. Graw at 303-739-6213.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling 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 Jan 03, 2020 at 10:20 AM
  
(January 2, 2020) UPDATE: The Major Crimes Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of 2 juveniles in relation to this case. 

A 15 year old female and a 17 year old male have both been arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder.

Their information, due to them being juveniles, will not be released nor will their mugshots.

This case is now being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Any further updates or questions will need to be directed towards them. 

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

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Information previously released 01/02/2020

On December 30th, 2019 officers of the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a missing person in the 1400 block of South Salem Way.

Several days later it was learned there was information indicating there were suspicious circumstances in this case. A thorough investigation was begun by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.

On January 1st, 2020 this case was changed from a Missing Persons to a Homicide Investigation after remains were found that are believed to be the missing person.

Cause of death and positive identification of the remains will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after next of kin have been notified.

This investigation is continuing and at this time no further information will be released at this time.

We are asking if members of the public have information about this case to please contact Agt. M. Ingui at 303-739-6067.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling 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 Jan 02, 2020 at 4:51 PM
  
UPDATE: After our officers diligently worked to locate him, tonight we can announce Curtis Davis-Barnes is now in custody.




On Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, at approximately 02:15 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the 17000 block of East Kansas Place on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult male inside a house with a gunshot wound. Shortly thereafter, the male was pronounced deceased on scene. Positive identification of the victim will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Officers are actively looking for the suspect involved in this incident.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Fredericksen at 303-739-6106.

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 Dec 31, 2019 at 9:01 PM
  
UPDATE 12/31/2019 at 12:00 P.M. - Picture below is the mugshot for Kamyl Garrette. 

GARRETTE, Kamyl (7-10-01)



We will not be releasing any additional information about this case as it is now being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Further information will need to be obtained by their offices. 

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

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UPDATE: An arrest has been made in this case. Kamyl Xavier Garrette DOB 07-10-2001 has been arrested and charged with 18-3-102 Murder in the First Degree. Since more interviews need to be conducted we are not releasing his photo at this time.




On December 27, 2019, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a shooting inside the JCPenney store at the Town Center at Aurora, 14200 East Alameda Avenue.

Upon officer’s arrival they found a juvenile male with a gunshot wound. The male was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he sadly succumbed to his injury.

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

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Officers are actively gathering information and pursuing leads.

We are asking anyone that has information about this case to please call Agt. C. Lampson at 303-739-6013.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling 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 Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59 AM
  
On Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, at approximately 12:20 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to 15700 East Colfax Avenue on a reported stabbing.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult male and an adult female inside a mobile home, both with stab wounds. The female was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. The male was also transported to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. Positive identification of the female, as well as next-of-kin notifications, will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is still very active and ongoing and is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. Investigators are currently trying to determine what led up to the stabbing and the relationship between the male and the female, if any.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this incident, to please call Aurora Police Agent Meadows 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).
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Dec 25, 2019 at 11:07 AM
  
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