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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.
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UPDATE: Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit announces the arrest of Margarito Najera Date of Birth March 15, 1974, as shown in the attached photo, in the homicide that occurred on April 28th, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. in the 9500 block of East 14th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

There are no other updates in this case which is expected to be filed with the 18th Judicial District Attorney's office today, May 1, 2017. At that time all media inquires should be directed to their office.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim who was killed, that will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office once he is positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

If anyone has information about this case they are asked to call Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117. 
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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095




Information previously released April 28, 2017:

On April 28th and around 8:45a.m. this morning Aurora Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 9500 Block of East 14th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

Upon arrival Officer found two adult male shooting victims near the entrance to an alleyway, which is located mid block between Clinton and Dallas Streets. An officer immediately began life saving measures (CPR) until Paramedics from the Aurora Fire Rescue Department arrived on scene. Both victims were transported to a local hospital where one of the victims died from his injuries. The other victim is expected to survive.

A person of interest was taken into custody at the scene. At this time Aurora Police are not looking for any additional suspect.

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this homicide to determine what events lead up to this deadly shooting.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim who was killed, that will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office once the he is positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

If anyone has information about this case they are asked to call Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 01, 2017 at 11:51 AM
  
DATE: May 3, 2017

CONTACT: Officer Crystal McCoy, PIO
(303) 739-6038

NATURE: 2017 Fallen Police Officer Memorial                                                                                                     

The Chief of Police would like to announce the Aurora Police Department’s 2017 Fallen Police Officer Memorial. We will be honoring the lives of the following Aurora Police Officers who died in the line of duty:

Patrolwoman Debra Sue Corr EOW 6/27/81

Patrolman Thomas Dietzman Jr. EOW 8/16/85

Agent Edward Hockom EOW 9/21/87

Agent Michael Del Thomas EOW 9/30/06

Police Officer Doug Byrne EOW 3/26/07

Additionally, we will be honoring the lives of all of the Colorado Fallen Officers that have died in the line of duty since May of 2016 which include:

Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue EOW 11/25/16

The public, law enforcement agencies and families of the fallen, as well as media are invited to attend this ceremony. The ceremony will include the Aurora Police Honor Guard, Rangeview  Jazz Choir singing the National Anthem, and a Blue Rose Presentation by Brotherhood for the Fallen.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Courtyard of the Aurora Municipal Center (AMC) Campus.

The media is asked to contact Officer Crystal McCoy at ckmccoy@auroragov.org if they are planning on attending. Interviews will be granted at the end of the ceremony.

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 01, 2017 at 9:39 AM
  
PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE JUAN CAMPOS-ROCHA
 
WHAT:          The Aurora Police Department
WHEN:           Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:       1550 Havana Street 
WHO:             Chief of Police Nick Metz 
CONTACT:    Officer Diana Cooley, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department
                         (303) 739-6022
 
The Aurora Police Department will be holding a press conference to brief the media about the circumstances related to the missing person case of Juan Campos-Rocha, 13 year old. 

The conference will take place today in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Aurora, 1550 Havana Street at 1:00 p.m. Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz be giving an update into the investigation. A spokesperson for the family will be giving a statement. 
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Apr 25, 2017 at 11:13 AM
  
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Aurora Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to one of three disposal sites in Aurora.

Central Aurora: The Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St.
Northeast Aurora: Pickens Technical College, 500 Airport Blvd.
Southeast Aurora: Saddle Rock Emergency Room, 22500 E. Dry Creek Rd.

(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Apr 21, 2017 at 9:24 AM
  
Every 15 Minutes Presented by  Hinkley High School & Aurora Police Department on April 3-4, 2017

Life's lessons are best learned through experience. Unfortunately, when the target audience is teens and the topic is drinking and driving, experience is not the teacher of choice.

The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of driving impaired. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

Prior to the start of the program, involved students and school faculty members begin by making a short video that will be played at the end of day two to the rest of the Junior and Senior class. This is the video that was produced.

Special thanks to all student participants and community partners who made this possible:
Aurora Public Schools- Hinkley High School
Aurora Fire Rescue
Arapahoe County Coroner
City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center
Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Department of Transportation
Falk Rocky Mountain- Aurora
Health One Air Life
Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
M&M Auto Reconditioning


Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Apr 04, 2017 at 3:25 PM
  

UPDATE: Yesterday the Aurora Police Department held a press conference to update the media on this ongoing investigation. You can view an unedited version of the conference here.




Information previously released on April 1st, 2017

On Saturday April 01, 2017,  officers from the Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team, Strategic Response and Tactics unit, and Colorado Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force were conducting surveillance on a wanted adult male suspect known to be armed and dangerous. The suspect  was wanted for aggravated motor vehicle theft out of Denver. Throughout the course of the surveillance the officers received information the suspect was in a vehicle near the 1500 Block of North Sable Boulevard.
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Our officers were able to locate the vehicle and at approximately 3:00 p.m. they attempted to apprehend the suspect. During the course of the apprehension the suspect fled in the vehicle which ended up in a ditch a short distance away.   During the incident an officer fired his weapon at the suspect. The officers rendered aid to the suspect who was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. New charges are pending. There was a juvenile female passenger in the vehicle who was unharmed.

 

The officers has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

 

The investigation is being handled by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Department. This is due to the passage of Senate Bill 219 which requires law enforcement agencies to team up with neighboring agencies to investigate officer involved shootings.

 

Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed this incident to call Detective Michael Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6127.

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095

Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Apr 04, 2017 at 1:49 PM
  

PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

WHAT:          The Aurora Police Department and the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office

WHEN:           Monday April 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:        Aurora Police Headquarters, Office of the Chief of Police, 15001 East Alameda Parkway

WHO:             Chief of Police Nick Metz 

CONTACT:    Officer Diana Cooley, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department

                         (303) 739-6022

 

PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

Aurora, Colorado-The Aurora Police Department will be holding a press conference to brief the media about the circumstances related to an officer involved shooting involving an Aurora Police Officer that occurred near East Colfax and North Sable Boulevard.

 

The conference will take place today at Aurora Police Headquarters (15001 East Alameda Parkway) at 5:00 p.m. Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz be providing an update on the events of last Saturday.

 

The conference will be held in a secure location inside of police headquarters so the media is asked to arrive prior to 5:00 p.m. at the north doors of police headquarters near the crime lab vehicles. A representative of the Media Relations Unit will then provide access into the building.

 


Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Apr 03, 2017 at 3:08 PM
  
Local Organizations Host First “Every 15 Minutes” Program in Aurora Colorado
Two-day simulation to educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving

WHO: Aurora Police Department (PIO: Diana Cooley 720-432-5095)
Aurora Public Schools, Hinkley High School (CCO: Patti Moon 303-326-7805)
City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center (PIO: Michael Bryant 303-739-7181)
Children’s Hospital Colorado (PIO: Hollon Kohtz, Media Pager: 303-890-8314)
Aurora Fire Rescue (PIO: Tony Krenz 720-477-0315)
Falck Ambulance
Arapahoe County Coroner
Health One Air Life
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Denver Metro Teen Drivers

WHAT: The “Every 15 Minutes” Program is a two-day event that brings together high school juniors and seniors and challenges them to think about the consequences of drinking and driving. The program also educates students on personal safety, responsible and mature decision making and the impact their decisions can have on family, friends, the community and their futures. Students work with local organizations and family members to craft a scenario to act out in front of peers and role play the consequences of their decisions and actions.

WHEN: Monday, April 3
(Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. to set-up before the crash scene begins at 12 p.m.)

WHY: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., more than homicide and suicide combined. There are at least 60 traffic fatalities in Colorado every year that can be attributed to distracted driving. Alcohol-related collisions are the leading cause of death among teenage youth.

The Aurora Police Department and Aurora Public Schools are partnering with Hinkley High School to host the first-ever “Every 15 Minutes” program in Aurora Colorado. The event brings together community leaders including the City of Aurora, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora Fire Department, City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center, Arapahoe County Coroner, Health One Air Life, Falck Ambulance and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to take a proactive step in educating local high school students about making mature decisions when alcoholic beverages are involved.

Additional Information and Media Opportunity:

Media is welcome to attend the crash scene that will be simulated on April 3 at 12 p.m. There will be a designated area for media to set up, as there will be many moving components during the scenario (arrival of ambulances and a helicopter).

Interviews will be provided to media before or after the crash scene on April 3. If interested in filming other parts of the event, please contact the designated PIO to make arrangements.

Media are invited to attend the second day of the event on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 a.m. at Hinkley High School. Students, parents and teachers will gather to watch the video that was created on April 3, and there will be speakers including members of the Aurora Police Department, Hinkley High School and MADD.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095
dcooley@auroragov.org
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Mar 30, 2017 at 9:26 AM
  

On 03/26/17, at 7:41 pm, Aurora Police Officers responded to the intersection of E. Iliff Ave and S. Telluride St. for a motorcycle vs auto traffic collision.

The motorcycle (2006 Yamaha sport bike) was traveling W/B on E. Iliff Ave. The auto (2013 Kia Optima) was E/B on E. Iliff Ave. intending to make a N/B turn onto S. Telluride St. The motorcycle broadsided the Kia in the intersection. The motorcycle rider was ejected with life threatening injuries and transported to the Medical Center of Aurora South. The motorcyclist was listed in critical condition with serious bodily injuries. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor. Preliminary investigation indicates that speed may be a factor in this collision. The investigation is ongoing. W/B Iliff Ave was closed during the investigation but has since been reopened. 

Officer K. Deichsel
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section  

Posted by kdeichse@auroragov.org  On Mar 27, 2017 at 12:24 AM
  
Law enforcement encourages drivers to slow down, “Move Over” and drive safe
 
Turn on the radio, put away your cell phone, buckle your seat belt and keep an eye on the road – all things drivers learn before heading out. But, one thing many motorists may not be aware of is Colorado’s “Move Over” law. If you see an emergency vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, move over a lane to give them space. Local law enforcement is sharing the message - slow down, move over and keep everyone safe on the roads.
 
Aurora Police Department, along with 29 law enforcement agencies statewide, will be heading out Wednesday, March 22 to educate and enforce Colorado’s “Move Over” law.
 
The law is in place to protect law enforcement, roadside workers and drivers. It requires motorists to move over one lane to provide a safe buffer for emergency vehicles on the side of a highway or road. If moving over a lane is not possible, the law requires drivers to greatly reduce their speed when approaching an emergency vehicle.
 
Colorado’s ‘Move Over’ law not only protects law enforcement and other emergency personnel, but other drivers as well, there have been several tragic incidents that were a result of drivers not moving over for emergency personnel This law helps keep everyone safe – both emergency personnel and the people we serve and protect.
 
In many traffic crashes, distracted driving is a factor. Statewide traffic fatalities continue to increase – 488 in 2014; 547 in 2015; 607 in 2016. Encouraging motorists to stop driving while distracted is a key to reducing overall traffic crashes. The “Move Over” law is part of that overarching campaign.
 
The law was first implemented in July 2015. However, several officers have been injured, or lost their lives, due to drivers not abiding by the law. For the next several months, law enforcement agencies across the state will be joining forces to educate drivers and help enforce this lifesaving law.
 
In an effort to continually increase awareness, this is the fourth iteration of “Operation 1 Charlie 3.” The operation was named in honor of Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue and his family. Donahue was hit and killed by a driver who failed to move over.
 
These high-visibility and educational efforts take place monthly. During February’s campaign, law enforcement stopped more than 900 drivers. At least 585 of those stops were “Move Over” violations. Law enforcement’s goal is to keep reducing that number and increase awareness among motorists.
 
Participating agencies in Wednesday’s enforcement and educational campaign include:
 
  • Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Aurora Police Department
  • Basalt Police Department
  • Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
  • Boulder Police Department
  • Broomfield Police Department
  • Cannon City Police Department
  • Castle Rock Police Department
  • Colorado State Patrol
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Durango Police Department
  • Florence Police Department
  • Fort Lupton Police Department
  • Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
  • Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
  • Greenwood Village Police Department
  • Lafayette Police Department
  • Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Logan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lone Tree Police Department
  • Park County Sheriff’s Office
  • Parker Police Department
  • Peterson Airforce Base Security Forces
  • Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Teller County Sheriff’s Office
  • University of Colorado Boulder Police Department
  • Wheatridge Police Department
  • Woodland Park Police Department
 
Also, special thanks to CDOT and the Northwest Parkway Toll Authority for helping keep drivers informed with the video message boards.


Officer K. Deichsel
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section

Posted by kdeichse@auroragov.org  On Mar 21, 2017 at 7:12 PM
  
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