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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

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org. If you are a member of the public and you have a question, request, comment or concern, email ContactAPD@auroragov.org.

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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
  

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

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit


Information previously released on November 9th, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at approximately 11:21 a.m. Aurora Police were dispatched to a report of a party shot at 142 Del Mar Circle. Upon officers arrival they located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers on scene rendered aid to the victim and rescue personnel were summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

 

Officers received information that the suspect involved in the shooting was possibly at a residence in Denver at 14572 East 46th Avenue. When the officers arrived, shots were exchange between the suspect and the officers. An Aurora Police Officer was shot and transported to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.

 

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are handling the investigation into the Del Mar Circle Homicide. Since the officer involved shooting occurred in the city limits of Denver, the Denver Police Department is taking lead on this investigation. Major Crimes Detectives will be assisting.

 

Anyone with information about the Del Mar Circle homicide is asked to call Major Crimes/Homicide Unit Detective Matt Ingui at (303)739-6067.

 
All media inquiries in reference to the officer involved shooting investigation should be directed to the Denver Police Department Media Relations Unit.


Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Nov 09, 2016 at 6:40 PM
  
WHAT: The Aurora Police and Denver Police Department’s will be holding a joint press conference to brief the media about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of an Aurora Police Officers that occurred at 14572 East 46th Avenue in Denver.

WHEN:           Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 11:30a.m.

WHERE:         Aurora Police Headquarters (15001 East Alameda Parkway) at 11:30p.m.

WHO:             Chief of Police Nicholas Metz, Aurora Police Department
                       Lt. Matt Clark, Denver Police Department Homicide Unit
  
The conference will be held in a secure location inside of police headquarters so the media is asked to arrive prior to 11:15p.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 camsler@auroragov.org  On Nov 09, 2016 at 11:53 AM
  
UPDATE: The Empowering Youth Guide is now available online. Click here to download your copy.

Information previously released on November 1st, 2016:

The Empowering guide was produced by the Aurora Police Department in partnership and created by young adults from various organizations. The guide is intended to be used by the young adults in our community, and making them more knowledgeable on police policies, laws, and how to best interact with the police. We are excited to unveil this educational guide created by and provided to the youth of our community.

WHO: Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz, Betty Hailu Rangeview High School Student/ Aurora Youth Commission, Jacob Lempert Rangeview High School Student/Aurora Police Explorer Jacob Lempert

WHAT: Launch of the Empowering and Understanding Through Knowledge youth guide that promotes understanding through knowledge.

WHEN: November 3rd, 2016; 3:45 p.m.

WHERE: Rangeview High School, 17599 East Iliff Avenue., Aurora, 80013 (Front Entrance)

Following introductory comments, the speakers will be available for media interviews.
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Nov 03, 2016 at 6:31 PM
  
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