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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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(February 12, 2020) On February 10, 2020, Public Safety Communications Division received a 911 call at approximately 10:51 A.M. about a male shot in the area of 359 North Potomac Circle. Aurora Police Officers quickly arrived on scene and located an adult male who had been shot. Officers applied a tourniquet to this male that likely saved his life. This male was then transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

Officers gathered descriptions of additional individuals seen running from the scene and relayed this information over the radio. Responding officers observed two additional males matching that description near the intersection of East 2nd Place and North Potomac Street. These males were contacted, and both were armed with firearms when detained. While speaking to these individuals, one was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. The other male was suffering from a different health issue but was not shot. These two adult males were both transported to the hospital in non-critical condition.

While checking the immediate area near 359 North Potomac Circle, officers located an additional male that had been shot inside of a black vehicle. This male was rushed to the hospital in extremely serious condition, where he currently remains. The only information we are releasing currently about the male’s identity is that he is 17 years old.

Two of the people involved have since been released from the hospital and both have been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Due to the ongoing investigation, and needing to complete additional interviews and photo lineups, their names and booking photos are unavailable.

A third adult male is still admitted into the hospital in serious condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries. Once discharged, this male will be arrested and charged with attempted murder. Additionally, because of the active investigation, his name and booking photo will not be available for release at this time.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing. If you have any information or video of the crime, please contact Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes Homicide Unit at 303-739-6710. Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Any further inquiries about this case will need to be directed to their office.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Feb 12, 2020 at 10:42 AM
  

(February 5th, 2020) In July of 2019, the Aurora Police Department Economic Crimes Unit began investigating a forgery scam that targeted a 16-year-old high school student.  The suspects in this scam used social media to contact the victim and enticed him to provide his banking information.  They would then deposit forged money orders into the victim’s account.  As soon as the money was deposited into the account, the suspects would withdraw the money before the money orders were discovered to be forgeries.  The victim was promised a small portion of the cash in exchange for the use of their account. Instead, the victim was held financially responsible for the returned lost funds.

Through an extensive investigation, APD Investigator Myshell Bolton was able to identify the three suspects and locate additional victims.  The suspects were identified as Hussein Farah, 23-year-old male (shown in image below with a black shirt), Abdihakiin Hassan, 19-year-old male (shown in image below with a grey Nike shirt), and a 16-year-old male.  No further information will be released on the juvenile suspect.

On 01/10/2020 Investigator Bolton filed criminal charges of Money laundering, Identity Theft, Forgery, and other crimes with the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office issued warrants for all three suspects and will prosecute the case.  Hassan turned himself in on 01/25/2020.  The juvenile male was arrested on 02/02/2020 by Aurora Police Department.  Farah has not yet been arrested.  Any further inquiries regarding this case should be directed to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

The Aurora Police Department urges parents to speak with their children because we believe there may be other victims of this scheme. Victims may be hesitant to come forward due to a fear of being criminally charged.  However, the APD and District Attorney’s Office will review each case and may take the stance, as they did in this case, that these are innocent victims that have been coerced by the suspects into the scheme.

If any members of the public have information about this case, please contact Investigator Myshell Bolton at 303.739.6142.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). 

The below photograph of Farah is a previous booking photograph provided by Denver Police Department.  

A. Hassen   H. Farah

Agent Faith R. Goodrich
Public Information Officer
303.739.6038


Posted by fgoodric@auroragov.org  On Feb 05, 2020 at 10:37 AM
  

  On February 2, 2020 at 1:16 AM, Aurora Police and Fire responded to a two-vehicle crash on eastbound Colfax Ave. between Laredo St. and Airport Blvd.  On scene they found that a 1996 Cadillac had been driving westbound in the eastbound lanes and crashed head-on into a Ford Explorer pickup.  The female driver of the Cadillac, who was not wearing her seat belt, died as a result of her injuries. The driver of the Explorer was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.   It is unknown why the Cadillac was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Colfax. 

  We are not releasing the name of the deceased.  The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will positively identify her and notify family.

Chris Carleton
Sergeant, Traffic Investigations
Acting Lieutenant Traffic Bureau
6 N. Abilene St.
Aurora, CO 80011
303-739-6243
ccarleto@auroragov.org

Posted by ccarleto@auroragov.org  On Feb 03, 2020 at 7:57 AM
  

On Monday January 27, 2020, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to 641 North Potomac Street on a reported shooting which left one woman dead.


The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office issued a press release on January 28, 2020 identifying the woman as Mae Rose Garth DOB 5/14/52.

 

The Major Crimes Homicide Unit agents arrested Tyrone Garth DOB 1/4/79 at the scene, and charged him with Colorado Revised Statue 18-3-102 Murder in the first degree. Tyrone is the son of Mae Rose.

 

An Aurora Police Department booking photo of Tyrone has been included with this updated press release. 

 

This homicide will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and we ask any additional media inquiries related to this investigation be directed to their office.

 

We continue to urge anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Krieger at 303-739-6113.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

*Name corrected to Tyrone from Tyron on 1/29/20.


garth

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

information previously released on January 27, 2020:

(January 27, 2020) On Monday, January 27, 2020, at approximately 09:20 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded 641 North Potomac Street on a reported shooting.

Upon officer’s arrival they located an adult female inside of an apartment with a gunshot wound. The female was transported to an area hospital where she has been pronounced deceased. Positive identification of the victim will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

After arriving on scene, officers contacted a person of interest who has been detained and transported to our Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for questioning. We do know that the victim and person of interest are related but their exact relationship is not being released at this time. This investigation is still very active and ongoing and there is no threat to the community.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide, to please call Aurora Police Agent Krieger at 303-739-6113.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Jan 29, 2020 at 12:27 PM
  
Aurora Colorado
January 27th, 2020
Case number 2020-3529

At about 6:07 AM, the Aurora Police Department received 911 calls of a Auto vs. Pedestrian crash near the intersection of E. 17th Ave. and N. Peoria St.   First responders arriving found an adult female who was declared deceased on scene.

Initial investigation indicates that a 1997-2003 Maroon Chevrolet Malibu, was traveling northbound on Peoria St. and had a green light at the intersection.  It appears as if the pedestrian was crossing Peoria st. against the crosswalk indicator when struck.  The vehicle did not remain on scene.

Investigators are attempting to locate the run vehicle. 

This in an ongoing investigation and further updates will be released

Anyone with information relating to the run vehicle should call:

Detective Chad Berger
303-739-6623

 
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On Jan 27, 2020 at 10:38 AM
  
(January 26, 2020) UPDATE: On Saturday January 25th, 2020, at approximately 8:54 p.m., Denver police officers were pursuing an armed robbery suspect in a vehicle which led them into the City of Aurora.  

The armed robbery suspect, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries later in the evening on January 25th, 2020.  The identity of the male will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of his next-of-kin.

An adult female and juvenile male were also occupants of the suspect vehicles.  The adult female has been arrested and charged with at least Aggravated Robbery.  Her identify will not be released at this time to not impede early investigative efforts.  

The juvenile male was the third and final occupant of the suspect vehicles.  The juvenile male was arrested on unrelated active criminal warrants, and charges are pending against in him related to this investigation.  No further information will be released on him due to him being a juvenile.

Any further requests for information related to the involved Denver police officers or their actions should be directed to the Denver Police Department Public Affairs Office. 
 
In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219 members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will investigate this officer-involved shooting.  Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review.
 
We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Graw at 303.739.6213.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095



information previously released on January 25, 2020:

(January 25, 2020) On Saturday January 25th, 2020, at approximately 8:54 p.m., Denver police officers were pursuing an armed robbery suspect in a vehicle which led them into the City of Aurora.  

The suspects vehicle crashed into at least two cars on Interstate 225 (I-225) and East Colfax Avenue. The suspect then carjacked a silver sedan and fled the scene continuing to travel east on East Colfax Avenue to Airport Boulevard. The suspect vehicle then drove north in the southbound lanes on Airport Boulevard.

In the 2400 block of East Airport Boulevard Denver Police Officers may have attempted a pursuit intervention technique, or P.I.T. maneuver, which successfully disabled the silver sedan. The suspect, and two other occupants, fled on foot and unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a nearby silver minivan.

Finally, the suspect carjacked a nearby maroon SUV, but Denver police officers were able to stop and pin that SUV. During this final encounter with the suspect a Denver police officer made the decision to discharge their weapon striking the suspect.

The suspect, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

During a subsequent search of the carjacked maroon SUV, a handgun was found and collected for evidence.

This incident will cause traffic closures in the 2400 block of Airport Boulevard for several hours while officers continue to investigate this complex scene.
 
The involved Denver police officer(s) nor any members of the public were injured as a result of this incident.  Any further requests for information related to the involved Denver police officers should be directed to the Denver Police Department Public Affairs Office. 
 
In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219 members of the Aurora Police Department, Denver Police Department, and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will investigate this officer-involved shooting.  Once this investigation is complete it will be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a criminal culpability review.
 
We are requesting all members of the public who were a witness to the events leading up to and after the officer-involved shooting to contact Agent Graw at 303.739.6213.
 
Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
 
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 26, 2020 at 6:08 PM
  
(January 20, 2020). On January 19, 2020 at approximately 10:42 p.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the 15600 block of East Caspian Circle on a report of shots fired and an adult male with a possible gunshot wound.

Upon arriving on scene officers quickly located the male. Life saving measures were performed and he was transported to a local hospital where sadly he succumbed to his wounds.

This is a homicide and is being investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.

Cause of death will be determined by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office. They will also identify the victim after the next of kin have been notified.

We are asking anyone with information to please call Agt T. Fredrickson at 303-739-6185.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).


Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 20, 2020 at 2:15 AM
  

(January 19, 2020)  UPDATE:  Two arrests have been made in this case. 

Marcus Smith (DOB-08-15-1994) has been charged with CRS 18-3-103 Attempted Second Degree Murder.

Marcus Smith 20-2287

Cubanicqua Lawrence (DOB 01-07-1997) has been charged with CRS 18-3-103 Attempted Second Degree Murder, 18-4-202 First Degree Burglary and 18-4-302 Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery.   


Cubanicqua Lawrence 20-2287


A third suspect in this case remains in the hospital. We do not have an update on his status. 

We will not be releasing any additional information about this case as it is now being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Further information will need to be obtained by their offices. 







(January 18, 2020)  UPDATE:  The Aurora Police Department has learned the condition of the injured party is critical but stable at an area hospital.  

We do not believe there is a threat to the general public from this incident. 


(January 18, 2020). On January 18, 2020 about 2:34 a.m. officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to 2155 South Rifle Way for a report of a possible shooting.

Upon arriving officers found an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Life rendering measures were applied by officers on scene. The male was transported to a local hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

During the investigation detectives learned the resident was awoken by strangers in his apartment. There was a struggle between the resident and the strangers. During that struggle a firearm was discharged and the one party was injured.

This investigation is continuing and we are working to determine if there is any connection between the parties involved.

This case is being investigated by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.

We are asking if anyone has information about this case to please contact Agt. N. Huber. At 303-739-6090.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867)


Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 19, 2020 at 1:26 PM
  
(January 17, 2020). On January 17th, 2020 at approximately 12:20 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to a report of a gunshot and a person laying in the street at the intersection of East 17th Avenue and Iola Street.

Upon arriving officers found a male suffering from a gunshot wound. Life saving measures were started but proved futile. Tragically the male was declared deceased at the location.

Cause of death and notification of the next of kin will be done by the Adams County Coroner’s Office.

This is being investigated as a homicide by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. We are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agt W. Miller at 303-739-6117.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).


Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Jan 17, 2020 at 3:14 AM
  

On October 24th, 1996, at about 0800 hours, Aurora police officers and homicide detectives were dispatched to the alley in the 1200 block of Iola Street.  They discovered the body of twenty-five-year-old Tangie Sims.  Her body had been dumped at the location after she was violently assaulted and stabbed to death.  The initial investigation revealed Sims was last seen walking to a semi-truck.  In addition, it was determined the suspect had cut himself during the murder and had left drops of blood at the scene.  Samples of the suspect’s blood were recovered.

Unfortunately, the case went cold and remained that way for a lengthy period of time.  Current MCHU Detectives Steve Conner and Michael Prince continued to work this case for the family of the victim.  They never quit following up on leads and revisiting the case file.  They knew the best chance of solving this homicide would be through the recovered blood left by the suspect and the incredible advancements that had been made in DNA analysis.

In 2019 advancements in DNA, specifically genealogical research, lead to a break in the case.  United Data Connect, Inc. through the excellent forensic work a genealogist produced a possible suspect by comparing the blood sample to known DNA from a relative.  Detectives Conner and Prince immediately began following up on this information.  The leads took them to North Dakota and Idaho where they located a member of the suspect’s immediate family.  The family member was cooperative and provided a DNA sample to the detectives. 

United Data Connect, Inc. was able to positively identify Wesley Backman DOB 04/12/1955 as the suspect in this horrible crime.  Detectives learned that Backman had passed away in 2008.  The detectives discovered Backman had been an over the road truck driver and had lived in many different locations throughout the United States to include Aurora, CO. 

The excellent work done by the original investigators, the incredible determination of Detectives Conner and Prince, as well as the amazing work done by United Data Connect, Inc. allowed the family of Sims to finally obtain some solace and closure.  The costs of this investigation were provided by Crime Stoppers which continues to provide invaluable assistance with criminal investigations. 

Detectives Conner and Prince continue to work with other police agencies across the country to determine if Backman was responsible for additional unsolved homicides.


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Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jan 15, 2020 at 4:44 PM
  
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