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:

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.
To reach a Public Information Officer with the Traffic Section for information about traffic related incidents (crashes, traffic safety, photo red light) call 720.675.8915.

Colorado Open Records Act or Criminal Justice Records requests and inquiries should be sent via e-mail to municipalrecords@auroragov.org.

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The men and women of the Aurora Police Department are committed to making a Aurora a safer place everyday.

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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On October 15, 2016, at 4.32 PM, an on-duty Aurora Police Officer aired that he was involved in an crash.  Traffic Officers responded to handle the crash.  The investigation revealed that traffic was northbound on South Parker Road north of East Arapahoe Road.  Traffic was slowing for a traffic signal.  A BMW 545 was northbound and the driver did not see traffic slowing.  That driver rear ended a Chevrolet pickup truck which caused a chain reaction crash.  The truck was pushed into a marked Aurora Police vehicle which was in turn pushed into a Honda CRV which was pushed into a Honda Pilot.  

The Police Officer and the driver of the at fault vehicle, the BMW 545, were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.  Their identities are not being released.  All five vehicles involved in the crash sustained minor damage.  The driver of the BMW will be charged with following too closely.

The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section would like to remind drivers to pay attention while behind the wheel and not drive distracted.

Sgt. William Revelle
Traffic Section
303 739 6473
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Oct 15, 2016 at 4:02 PM
  
Yesterday at approximately 1:30p.m. Officers from the Aurora Police Department arrested Ricardo Corral-Venegas, a 25 year old man who attempted to force his way into an apartment in the 1300 Block of South Geneva Way. Fortunately the woman was able to fight the man off, preventing him from gaining entry into her apartment.

Investigators believe that on October 4th Corral-Venegas forced his way into another apartment at the same location and sexually assaulted another woman.

Corral-Venegas was arrested for Sexual Assault, First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary and Criminal Attempt First Degree Burglary. He is currently being held at the Arapahoe County Jail.

Investigators believe their could be the possibility of other victims who were assaulted by Corral-Venegas. They are encouraged to contact Sex Crimes Detectives, Agent Jennifer Spanos at 303-739-6153 or Agent Del Matticks at 303-739-6367.

Since this case is in the hands of the District Attorney's Office (18th Judicial District) we will not be releasing any additional information about the case. A copy of the arrest affidavit can be obtained from the Colorado Judicial Department.

Ricardo Corral-Venegas
Ricardo Corral-Venegas

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Oct 14, 2016 at 6:14 PM
  
On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Aurora Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six 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 collection sites in Aurora. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 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 October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Aurora collection locations:

The Medical Center of Aurora, South Campus
1501 South Potomac Street (North parking lot)

Pickens Technical College
500 Airport Blvd

The Medical Center of Aurora, Saddle Rock Emergency Room
22500 E. Dry Creek Road

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095


Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Oct 14, 2016 at 9:30 AM
  
Aurora Police Department’s K9 Deuce has received a bullet and stab protective vest. Thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Deuce’s vest was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Erick Bumpass of Aurora, CO and embroidered with the sentiment “Bless this K9 in memory of Officer Doug Byrne”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000-law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

K-9 Deuce

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Oct 11, 2016 at 10:03 AM
  
Aurora, Colorado- September 28th, 2016, 8:57 am- E. Mississippi Ave (westbound) @ S. Uvalda St. – Aurora police responded to location on a report of an auto versus pedestrian crash involving two children.  Upon arrival our investigation revealed two 11yo juvenile males were crossing E. Mississippi Ave, northbound, in the east crosswalk, heading to Aurora Hills Middle School.  Half way across the street the signal began to change.  Both boys began running to try and make it across.  The vehicles in the #1 and #2 lanes westbound remained stopped until the boys passed by.  A brown in color Buick sedan, driven by Sandra P. Martinez, 21yo., of Denver, was westbound on E. Mississippi Ave in the #3 lane, didn’t see the boys crossing, had a green signal light, and struck one of the boys.  The 11yo victim was transported to a local hospital with serious life threatening injuries, currently listed in critical condition.  

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit is investigating this crash under case # 2016-38876.  Any related charges are pending the outcome of our investigation. 

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland
Aurora Police Traffic Section 
303-739-6326

Miss/Uvalda

Posted by mmcclell@auroragov.org  On Sep 28, 2016 at 2:50 PM
  
Aurora, Colorado-The Aurora Police Department has organized a blue and pink human Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon formation on the Great Lawn located at 15001 East Alameda Parkway this Thursday September 29th, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. to kick off the first #BlueGoesPink campaign during the month of October. This event will be filmed for a video to be released via social media in October.

This is a symbol to show our support for those impacted by Breast Cancer in our community and beyond. Employees of the City of Aurora, their families, friends and our community are invited to participate. Signing up is required at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48acae2ea3fb6-breast/42502158. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday September 28th, 2016, and cannot exceed 300 participants.

WHAT: #BlueGoesPink
WHEN: Thursday September 29th, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: City of Aurora Great Lawn, 15001 East Alameda Parkway Aurora, CO 80012
WHO: Aurora Police Department, City of Aurora staff, Friends, Family and Community
CONTACT: Officer Crystal McCoy, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department (720) 432-5095
NATURE: MEDIA ADVISORY FOR #BLUEGOESPINK CAMPAIGN

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Sep 26, 2016 at 10:16 AM
  
Marcus Dudley Appointed to Rank of Commander

Chief of Police Nicholas Metz is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcus Dudley to the rank of Commander. He is the second African-American in the department’s history to attain a senior executive position on the department’s command staff. He will oversee the operations of District 2 and command 126 personnel. District 2 provides law enforcement services to Northeast Aurora and is approximately 101 square miles in size with a population of about 95,000 residents.

Commander Dudley joined the Aurora Police Department in 1996. During his tenure as a Police Officer he was assigned to Patrol, the School Resource Officer Unit, and the Training Section where he served as a Police Training Instructor. He was later assigned to the Media Relations Unit where he served as one of the department’s public information officers. In 2007 he was promoted to Agent (detective) and was assigned to the Media Relations Unit and the Crimes Against Children Unit.

In 2009 Commander Dudley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his tenure as a Sergeant he supervised a patrol team and the Intelligence Unit. In 2013 He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to District 3 as a Watch Commander. In April of 2015 he was selected to serve as the Executive Officer to Chief of Police Metz where he oversaw the operations of the Media Relations and Recruiting Units and the department’s community outreach efforts.

Commander Dudley earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics from Bethany College. He is a graduate of Leadership Aurora and recently completed the Senior Management Institute In Policing which was sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.

Lieutenant Darin Parker, New Executive Officer to the Chief of Police

Chief Metz has selected Lieutenant Darin Parker to serve as his Executive Officer. He will oversee the department’s community outreach efforts and command the Media Relations and Recruiting Units. He most recently served as the Deputy Commander of the Internal Affairs Bureau where he played an instrumental role in reforming the bureaus policies, procedures and investigative methods.

Lieutenant Parker started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer with the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department in 1989. In 1995 he moved north to Colorado and joined the Aurora Police Department. He later promoted to Agent (detective) and was assigned to the Crimes Against Person’s Unit and Crimes Against Children Unit where he investigated serious felony crimes.

In 2002 Lieutenant Parker was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He supervised a patrol team, the Pattern Crimes Unit and was an Investigator with the Internal Affairs Section. In 2009 he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a Watch Commander at District 1, the Sector Lieutenant for District 2. He also commanded the Narcotics Section and the Operations Support Section (SWAT and K-9 Units).

This summer Lieutenant Parker completed the Senior Management Institute In Policing which was sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum. He has also completed the IACP Leadership in Police Organization Course and the University of Denver Executive Leadership Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.

Other Executive Leadership Team Changes

Chief Metz also announcing the following changes to his Executive Leadership Team:

Commander Mike Dailey, the Commander for District 2 will now serve as the Commander for District 1. District 1 provides law enforcement serves to West Aurora. It 19 square miles in size and has about 122,000 residents. He will command 172 personnel.

Commander Ernie Ortiz, the Commander for District 1 will now oversee the operations of the Investigations Bureau which includes the Major Crimes Investigations Section, Community Resources Section, Traffic Section, Crime Lab Section and the Electronic Support Section. He will command 121 personnel.

Chief Metz said “There is little doubt that our nation is experiencing the most difficult and complex time as it pertains to police-community relations. Commander Dailey and newly promoted Commander Dudley get it. I look forward to working with them as they take their respective districts to new heights. I am exited for Commander Ortiz's new role in overseeing complex and important investigations. I know he will ensure high quality and professional investigations and will protect the rights of victims, families of victims and those accused of committing crimes.  I also look forward to working closely with Lieutenant Parker as my new Executive Officer.”

All of these changes will take place on September 24th.

Commander Marcus Dudley
Commander Marcus Dudley

Lieutnenant Darin Parker
Lieutenant Darin Parker

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Sep 23, 2016 at 10:32 PM
  
The Aurora Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications for Lateral Entry Police Officers. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2017. This application and testing process will be used to establish an eligibility list for Aurora Police Academy Class 2017-1L which is scheduled to start in June of 2017. The department is looking to hire approximately 17 Lateral Entry Police Officers.

To apply for lateral entry applicants must have three (3) years of previous related experience in good standing in a full service Law Enforcement Department within the last four (4) years from the date of application. Note: A full service Law Enforcement Department is defined as an agency that responds to calls for service, makes arrests, and files criminal cases without the services of another law enforcement agency.

Starting salary for Lateral Entry Police Officers in 2017 is $58,253.00-$71,714 (determined by experience and education). Top pay for Aurora Police Officers in 2017 will be $83,572.

The Aurora Police Department is committed to maintaining and improving peace, order and safety, through excellence in law enforcement and community service. We seek diverse men and women who possess honor, integrity and who are morally sound. Applicants should be problem solvers, community-oriented and ready for a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement.

Applicants who would like to speak with a Police Recruiter can call 1.800.637.9963 or send them an email. Download an Applicant Information Guide for more information about minimum qualifications, testing process, salary and benefits.

Recruting Unit Webpage
Recruiting Unit Facebook Page
Recruiting Unit Twitter Page

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Sep 22, 2016 at 4:25 PM
  
On September 16th, 2016, at about 11:15 PM, Aurora Police Officers responded to a crash on the highway.  The investigation revealed that a grey 2008 Honda Civic was travelling northbound on I225 in the 200 Block north at a high rate of speed.  The Honda lost control, drifted into the center median and rolled several times before coming to rest.

Both occupants had to be extracted from the vehicle by Aurora Fire Department personnel.  The driver was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.  The front seat passenger was also transported to an area hospital.  The passenger later died.  There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

At this point, alcohol does not appear to be a factor.  Traffic detectives will review this case to determine what, if any, charges are applicable against the driver.  No information on any of the occupants of the vehicle is being released at this time.

The Aurora Police Department would like to remind drivers that speed is causal factor in nearly half of the crashes in the City of Aurora.  Adhering to the speed limits greatly reduces the risk of being involved in a crash.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Section
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Sep 17, 2016 at 5:17 AM
  

UPDATE: The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has identified James Anthony Draper DOB 10/23/82 as a person of interest in this homicide. Draper was taken into custody today in reference to case number 2016-26446 (see forthcoming press release). This investigation is still active and ongoing. We will not be releasing a booking photo at this time so we do not compromise the investigation.

The Major Crimes/Homicide unit is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6068. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver 
Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095


information previously released on September 10th, 2016:

On Saturday September 10th, 2016 at approximately 7:16 a.m. officers responded to the Americana Apartments located at 407 South Memphis Way Apartment 300, to check the welfare of a party inside.

Upon arrival officers found a slightly ajar door with a deceased 29 year old adult black female with an apparent gun show wound to the body on the floor. No other occupants were in the residence at the time, and no suspects are in custody.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office once a positive identification has been made, and next of kind has been notified.

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit responded and has taken over the investigation. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this   case is asked to to contact Agent Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6068. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver
Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095

Posted by Guest  On Sep 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM
  
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