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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

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On Tuesday September 6, 2016 officers were looking for Michael Smith DOB: 06/09/85 who was wanted for a parole violation in connection with convictions of kidnapping and motor vehicle theft. Members of the Strategic Response Team were able to locate Smith at approximately 1:00 p.m. at Montview Bar and Grill located at 11680 East Montview Boulevard.

When Smith exited the establishment the officers gave him verbal orders in an attempt to take him into custody without incident. Smith did not comply with the orders given to him by officers and less lethal was used but was ineffective. Smith instead fled from the officers while brandishing a handgun. At that point, one officer discharged his service weapon which did not strike Smith.

Smith continued to run from our officers but was eventually taken into custody after being tased. As a precaution, Smith was transported to a local hospital where he was later released. Smith is currently in custody on the parole violation. New charges are pending.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. This is an active investigation, and the scene has not been released. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Agent Tom Welton at 303-739-6107. 

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit

Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 5:45 PM
  

 

On September 6, 2016, at approximately 9:42 am, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to the 20300 block of E Jewell Ave on the report of an auto/motorcycle crash. The on-scene investigation shows that a motorcycle, with one rider was westbound on E. Jewell Ave.  A red Toyota Tacoma pickup was eastbound attempting to make a left turn into the viewing parking lot south of Buckley Air Force Base. The pickup turned left in front of the motorcycle. The rider was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. The rider was transported to a local hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the pickup was cooperative with the investigation and was charged with Careless Driving Resulting In Death. Neither alcohol nor speed is considered a factor in the crash. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is handling the investigation.

Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 2:06 PM
  
On September 5, 2016, at approximately 11:05 pm, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to South Parker Road and East Temple Drive on the report of an auto/motorcycle crash. The on-scene investigation shows a motorcycle, with two occupants, was northbound on South Parker Road. A gold minivan was southbound on South Parker Road attempting to make a left turn onto East Temple Drive. The minivan turned left in front of the motorcycle. Both occupants were ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. They were transported to a local hospital, but unfortunately both were pronounced dead a short time later. The driver, and one passenger, of the minivan were not injured in the crash. The driver of the minivan remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit handling the investigation.

Motorcycle involved in fatal crash

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section


Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 3:35 AM
  
On September 4, 2016, at approximately 10:45 pm, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to E. Montview Blvd and N. Dayton St. on the report of an auto/pedestrian crash. Arriving units found an adult female laying in the intersection suffering from severe injuries. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The pedestrian was crossing E. Montview Blvd. when she was struck in the eastbound lanes by a Ford F-150. The F-150 left the scene of the crash. Aurora Police Officers located the vehicle a short time later in the 3300 Block of N. Peoria St. The adult male driver was taken into custody. He is being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and DUI. Witnesses on-scene stated the pedestrian was crossing E. Montview Blvd. against the light. The names of the involved parties are not being released at this time.

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
 
Posted by Guest  On Sep 05, 2016 at 2:25 AM
  
On Friday, September 2, 2016  at 11:23 p.m. officers responded to 1009 S. Newark Street on a report of a stabbing.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim with injuries.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that there was an altercation between the victim and a male known to him. The suspect  was identified as Ruben Martinez  DOB 03/17/95. Martinez has since been arrested by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for Second Degree Murder.

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

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit is not looking for any additional suspects  involved at this time. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Todd Fredericksen with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6106. 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 Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095
Posted by Guest  On Sep 03, 2016 at 7:26 PM
  
On September 2, 2016, at 7:15 P.M., Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to E. Louisiana Ave. & S. Peoria St. on the report of a serious traffic accident. The on scene investigation revealed a maroon Honda Accord was traveling westbound on E. Louisiana Ave. and ran the stop sign at S. Peoria St. A gold Ford Fusion going northbound on S. Peoria St. collided with the driver's side of the Honda. The driver, and sole occupant of the Honda, had to be extricated from the car. The adult male driver was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver, and only occupant of the Fusion, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Speed or alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.


Fatal Crash


Posted by Guest  On Sep 02, 2016 at 10:57 PM
  

UPDATE: The suspect taken into custody after crashing his car into the Day Care Center at 1155 S. Havana St. has been identified as Neco Benson. He was arrested on Vehicular Eluding, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangerment. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
Neco Benson


Sgt. Craig Baumfalk 
Aurora Police Department Traffic Section



Information Previously Released on August 31, 2016.

Aurora, CO
. - 31 AUG, 2016- 3:03 p.m. – Aurora Police officers responded to the area of E. Yale Ave. and S. Parker Road on a report of a two vehicle hit and run crash.  The run vehicle, a blue in color Dodge Dart with an adult male driver, fled northbound on S. Parker Road.  A responding APD patrol spotted the vehicle going northbound on S. Havana Street from E. Idaho Place with front end damage.  The officer turned on his lights and siren and attempted to stop the Dodge but the driver eluded, continuing northbound, turning into the Havana Gardens shopping center.  The officer followed the Dodge, airing location, description of vehicle, and the Ohio plate numbers.  The Dodge continued to drive recklessly through the parking lot, around several businesses.  The Dodge accelerated directly west out of the lot, went across all lanes of S. Havana Street, and into the King Soopers parking lot area, impacting a parked vehicle.  The driver of the Dodge lost control and drove straight into a day care business, the Bright Stars Child Care, 1155 S. Havana Street, Unit 25.  The suspect was quickly taken into custody and is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.  Two children along with an adult female employee were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.   No other injuries are reported. 


The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this incident under case# 2016-34880.  We are not releasing names at this time.  Charges are pending against the driver but may include Hit and Run, Vehicular Eluding, Reckless Driving, and Driving under the Influence of alcohol/drugs or both. 

16-34880

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


Posted by Guest  On Sep 01, 2016 at 6:57 PM
  
On 8-31-16, at approximately 2015, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to E. Quincy Ave. and S. Genoa St. on the report of a motorcycle crash. An Aurora PD Officer was first on scene and discovered a motorcycle fully involved in fire, and an adult male unconscious in the street who was not breathing. The APD Officer performed CPR on the male until rescue arrived. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The preliminary investigation shows the male was westbound on E. Quincy Ave. traveling at a high rate of speed, and from several witness statements the motorcycle did not have a front headlight on. A car pulled out from S. Genoa St. attempting to make a left turn when the car was struck by the motorcycle. The driver of the car remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is conducting the investigation. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time.

Sgt. Craig Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Unit
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Posted by Guest  On Sep 01, 2016 at 12:10 AM
  

Aurora, CO. - On August 28th, 2016, at about 1:20 p.m., Aurora Police responded to the intersection of E. Alameda Ave. and S. Havana Street on a report of a two vehicle crash.  Upon arrival investigation revealed an Aurora Fire Department vehicle, a marked Ford F350 truck, driven by Battalion Chief Jon Hill, 49, was responding to an emergency call for service with lights and siren activated northbound on S. Havana Street approaching the intersection of E. Alameda Ave.  Chief Hill slowed and proceeded left around stopped vehicles and proceeded into the intersection.  A white in color Toyota Corolla, driven by Freda Adjei, 65 of Aurora, was westbound on E. Alameda Ave. on a green signal and broadsided the Ford before it could clear the intersection.  Adjei was unresponsive after the impact and was extricated from the vehicle by AFD.  She was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment and later determined not to have suffered any life threatening injuries.  Chief Hill was also taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and was later released. 

The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this crash under report # 2016-34423.  Based on our investigation we believe the proximate cause of this crash was Adjei’s failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. 

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

AFD Crash

Posted by Guest  On Aug 28, 2016 at 8:22 PM
  
On August 25th at approximately 6:05p.m. Aurora Police were dispatched to a report of a shooting at the Bristol Village Apartments located at 17103 East Ohio Place. Upon arrival, Officers located an adult female suffering from a gunshot wound inside one of the apartments. The victim was immediately rushed to a local hospital where she later died from her injury. A 21 year old male identified as Brian Lebron-Rivera was taken into custody at the scene and later arrested for Manslaughter.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding last nights shooting so no additional details are being released by Aurora Police at this time.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once she has been positively identified and her next of kin have been notified of her passing.

Anyone who has information about this case is asked to Agent Chuck Mehl with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6213. 

Brian Lebron-Rivera

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Aug 26, 2016 at 3:15 PM
  
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