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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.
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.

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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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On 12-30-16, at 9:30 p.m. Aurora Police and Aurora Fire responded to the report of an auto/pedestrian crash at East Colfax Avenue and Nome Street. The on-scene investigation revealed an adult male pedestrian was crossing East Colfax Avenue mid-block between Nome and Oswego Street, from the North to the South, when he was struck in the westbound lanes of Colfax. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The vehicle that struck the pedestrian left the scene. While officers were on scene, witnesses pointed out as the run vehicle drove eastbound on East Colfax Avenue past the crash scene. Officers were able to stop the run vehicle a few blocks away. The adult female driver was taken into custody and transported to jail. The driver is being held on a $20,000 bond. She is charged with Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident, and DUI. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is handling the investigation. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time.  

Sergeant Craig Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section

Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Dec 31, 2016 at 1:18 AM
  
UPDATE: The Aurora Police Department District 2 Detective Unit is seeking the public's assistance in obtaining photos and videos of last nights disturbance at the Town Center of Aurora. Detectives are particularly interested in obtaining photos and videos that show criminal activity such as fighting, assaults, and property damage.  

Anyone with this type of media is asked to contact Agent Eric White at 303-739-6011 or ewhite@auroragov.org

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 

Information previously released on December 26th, 2016

At approximately 4:45 this afternoon Aurora Police responded to a large disturbance at the Town Center of Aurora (14200 East Alameda Parkway).

An APD officer that was working off-duty encountered a fight that was taking place in the Food Court. When the officer went to arrest one of the subjects involved he was surrounded by a unruly crowd. As the officer was attempting to escort the arrestee to the Aurora Police Substation inside of the Town Center the crowd continued to advance on the officer and several other fights broke out. A citywide call for help was aired over the radio and all available APD units responded to the center.  The crowd grew in size to approximately 500 people (mostly juveniles). After consultation with Town Center management the decision was made to close the mall in the interest of public safety. 

Assistance was requested from the Denver Police Department and Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. Early estimates show that over 50 law enforcement officers responded to the Town Center. 

During the incident several skirmishes occurred in the parking lots of the Century Theatre and the RTD Centrepoint Station. One male was assaulted at that location, his injuries were not serious.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries during the disturbance, one arrestee had very minor injuries and no officers were injured. 

5 arrests were made, all of the suspects are juveniles. Charges they are facing include Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction, and Resisting Arrest.

It is believed that a post on social media announcing a fight at the Town Center is what drew this unruly crowd to the Town Center of Aurora.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 27, 2016 at 5:24 PM
  
UPDATE:

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit has concluded our investigation on this horrific crash which resulted in the death of two young men. Our extensive investigation revealed the following:

The driver of the black 2004 Infiniti G35 coupe was identified as Phillip Klemenov, 24, of Aurora. The front seat passenger was identified as Marcelous D. Johnson, 27, of Colorado Springs. The backseat passenger was identified as Adrianna Lemus, 18yo, of Aurora.

Lemus advised investigators that all three of them had been drinking alcohol all evening and into the morning, visiting several local drinking establishments in the Denver area prior to the crash. She and Klemenov were in an intimate relationship and tonight was her first meeting of Johnson.

Witnesses on scene, and first responders, observed Klemenov and Johnson trapped and upside down in the severely damaged vehicle that was overturned as a result of the crash. Klemenov in the driver’s seat, and Johnson in the front passenger seat.

Several trees and a light pole had impacted and gone thru the vehicle, particularly the front passenger compartment in which the two men were seated.

Members of the Aurora Fire Department had to cut the trees and crumpled vehicle damage away to extricate Klemenov out of the driver's seat. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Johnson was pronounced deceased on scene and remained there until Coroner arrived as per protocols.

Ms. Lemus stated she crawled out of vehicle through the rear windshield after the crash. Her minor injuries were consistent with where she said she was seated, and how the compartment where she was seated faired on scene.

Based on statements made by Ms. Lemus, and the evidence recovered from inside the vehicle, investigators believed alcohol consumption contributed to this crash.

A blood sample, per court issued warrant, was drawn from Klemenov at 3:55 a.m., about an hour and 10 minutes after the crash. It should be noted that prior to this blood draw Klemenov had already been administered 8 units of fresh blood and 4 units of frozen plasma by medical personnel in attempts to save his life.

Klemenov's blood alcohol content (BAC), after laboratory examination and testing, resulted in 0.139% BAC. 0.08% BAC or over is considered over the legal limit in the State of Colorado.

Evidence showed all three occupants were wearing seatbelts at time of the crash.

Our investigation concludes that this fatal crash occurred because Klemenov was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Klemenov was driving the Infiniti coupe eastbound on E. Florida Ave. at over twice the posted speed limit (73.6 mph in a posted 35 mph zone).

Evidence shows vehicle was eastbound on E. Florida Ave. going over the crown of the S. Dayton St. roadway causing the suspension springs to fully extend and compress making the vehicle bottom out (as seen by roadway evidence as bottom of vehicle left a scraping and rust transfer). This action caused Klemenov to turn the driver’s wheel to the left, causing the vehicle to go into a yaw, making him lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle straightened out and subsequently struck the curb on the north side of E. Florida Ave. The vehicle started to rotate clockwise due to the curb strike and continue up onto the landscaping grass bordering the roadway. The driver's door area was first to strike the first tree. The force of this impact sheared the tree and the vehicle continued its path. The front driver's wheel came off at this point and the vehicle started to dig into the soft turf of the grass. The vehicle tripped and started to roll over. The vehicle struck the second tree on the driver's "A" pillar area, and rolled over upside down and struck the third tree along with a light pole on the passenger side door area until coming to its final place of rest.

This investigation is closed with no charges due to death of offender. 

A copy of the 130 page report about this crash and subsequent investigation is available for download by clicking here.

Lieutenant Michael McClelland
Traffic Section Commander
303.739-6326


Information previously released on October 2, 2016:

The driver died from his injuries on 10/2/16, at 9:35 a.m. The name of the driver and passenger are not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office.  The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing its investigation of the crash.

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section


Information Previously Released on 10/2/16. 

On 10-2-16, at 2:45 a.m. Aurora Police and Aurora Fire responded to the 9900 Block of E. Florida Ave. on the report of a rollover crash. The preliminary  investigation shows a black Infinity was eastbound on Florida when it lost control and rolled several times ending up on the sidewalk to the north of E. Florida Ave. The car hit several trees and a light pole in the process. An adult male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The adult male driver was transported to a local hospital, and he is in critical condition at this time. There was an adult female passenger who was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash. The names of the driver and passengers are not being released at this time.

Fatal Rollover Crash

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Dec 09, 2016 at 7:15 PM
  
UPDATE:  The Aurora Police Department Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team (FAST) located the suspect vehicle in Boulder. The suspect was taken into custody. The female and child are OK. The investigation into this incident continues. Further details will be posted here and on our social media sites as they become available.

Information previously released on 12/7/2016 at 12:10PM:

Today at approximately 8:35 a.m. the Denver Police Department​ received a report of the below shown female, Brenda Sanchez, and her child Ivan was being held at gunpoint and kidnapped at a location in Denver.

Denver Police Responded to that location and was unable to find anything. They requested the Aurora Police to check an address the adult victim is associated with in the 17600 block of E. Loyola Dr. where Aurora police officers spoke with family members.
While Aurora Police offices were in contact with her family members District Three officers were receiving reports of a hit and run accident at Smoky Hill Road and South Buckley Road involving a white 2013 Subaru bearing Colorado license plate QIZ-384 which is registered to the suspect.

The suspect is Sergio Martinez a 21 year old Hispanic male 5'7" 180 lbs with "Scraggly" goatee and short brown hair. It is believed he is armed with a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous.

We are still actively investigating this and gathering details to provide.

Sergio is considered armed and dangerous do not approach, call 911 if you see the vehicle, him or the child.

The Aurora Police Department has requested that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation initiate an Amber Alert on this case.

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Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 07, 2016 at 4:23 PM
  
WHAT: Mayor Steve Hogan and Chief of Police Nicholas Metz will be holding a press conference today to discuss two recent bias motivated property crimes that have occurred in Aurora.

WHO:  Honorable Steve Hogan, Mayor of Aurora and Chief of Police Nicholas Metz

WHEN: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 1:30p.m.

WHERE: The Aurora City Hall, Aurora Room, 15151 East Alameda Parkway
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Nov 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM
  
Fatal Crash

On 11-25-16, at  6:45 pm, The Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Department responded to East 26th Avenue and North Picadilly Road on the report of a rollover crash. The crash scene was approximately 1/2 mile east of North Picadilly Road on East 26th Avenue.
The preliminary investigation showed a Chevy Tahoe was westbound on East 26th Avenue when, for unknown reasons, it went partially off the north side of the roadway. The driver tried to steer the Tahoe back onto the roadway but over corrected causing the Tahoe to roll approximately two times before coming to rest in the middle of East 26th Avenue. There were three occupants inside the Tahoe - an adult male driver and two juvenile male passengers. The driver and one of the juveniles had to be extricated from the Tahoe. All three occupants were transported to local area hospitals. Unfortunately, the driver and one of the juvenile males were later pronounced dead. The other juvenile male had minor injuries.  At this time, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the cause of the crash. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit will continue its investigation of this crash. 

Sgt. Craig Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Nov 25, 2016 at 11:08 PM
  

On November 24, 2016, at approximately 2:29 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Travelodge, 14200 East 6th Avenue. When they arrived they discovered an adult male who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumb to his injuries.

 
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Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. They are actively investigating this case and interviewing witnesses to determine what occurred this morning.

 

The name of the deceased victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once they have positively identified him and his next of kin have been notified.

 

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call Agent Todd Fredericksen at (303) 739-6106 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). Tipsters to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Nov 24, 2016 at 8:08 AM
  
Since the election, many questions have been raised about Aurora Police Department’s current non-enforcement policy on immigration. Specifically, people are asking if we intend to change our policy.

The simple answer is: No

APD's policy on immigration will remain as follows:

Officers will not enforce, investigate, or detain individuals based on their immigration status.

Our policy is not based on politics or personal philosophy. It is based on public safety. It is our goal to ensure that all individuals within Aurora feel safe in reporting emergencies and working closely with the APD to ensure our city remains a safe place for all.

The city’s responsibility is to provide services to all residents, enforce local laws and build strong community partnerships.

Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Nov 15, 2016 at 11:26 AM
  
On November 13, 2016, at about 1:20 PM, Aurora Officers responded to an automobile versus bicycle crash in the intersection of East Mississippi Avenue and South Moline Street.  
The investigation revealed that a male adult was riding his bicycle northbound across East Mississippi Avenue in the east crosswalk of South Moline Street.  A silver Nissan Rouge being driven by a female adult was eastbound on East Mississippi Avenue in the center lane.  The Nissan struck the bicycle in the crosswalk. 
Both the bicyclist and the driver of the Nissan were transported to an area hospital for treatment.  The driver of the Nissan had minor injuries.  The bicyclist succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
The identities of both people involved in the crash are not being released as we are attempting to notify family.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.  Aurora Police Traffic Investigators are still speaking with witnesses in an effort to determine fault.
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Nov 13, 2016 at 4:10 PM
  
On 11/10/16, at approximately 10:10 pm Aurora Police and Aurora Fire responded to the report of an auto/pedestrian crash on I-225 north of E. 6th Ave. Arriving officers found an adult male laying in the Northbound lanes of I-225.  The male was pronounced dead at the scene. The on-scene investigation revealed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross from the west side of I-225 to the east side when he was struck by a car going northbound on I-225. After the initial collision, the pedestrian was struck by two other vehicles. There was no indication of alcohol or excessive speed by any of the drivers. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit will continue its investigation of this crash. The name of the pedestrian is not being released at this time pending notification of family members. 

Northbound I-225 at E. 6th Avenue was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation.

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Unit


Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Nov 11, 2016 at 2:32 AM
  
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