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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.
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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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Investigators have recently sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon), a DNA technology company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping, the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. Law enforcement agencies use the company’s Snapshot™ DNA Phenotyping Service (Snapshot) for narrowing suspect lists and generating leads in criminal investigations.

Using DNA evidence from Mr. Oakey Kite’s Homicide investigation, Snapshot produced trait predictions for the associated person of interest. An individual’s predictions were made for ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling and face shape. By combining these attributes of appearance, a Snapshot composite profile was produced that depicts what the person of interest may have looked like at 25 years old.

It is important to note that Snapshot composites are scientific approximations of appearance based on DNA, and are not likely to be exact replicas of appearance. Environmental factors such as smoking, drinking, diet, and other non-environmental factors, such as facial hair, hairstyle, scars, etc. cannot be predicted by DNA analysis and may cause further variation between the person of interest’s predicted and actual appearance.

On May 24th, 2004 Officers found the body of Oakey Kite in the basement of his town home at 2002 South Helena Street. Mr. Kite had failed to report to work which prompted co-workers to call the police for a welfare check. Mr. Kite had been bound, tortured, and killed with his own kitchen knives. The suspect cleaned the crime scene after the homicide and removed items of evidence from the scene. The investigation revealed that Mr. Kite had recently placed an ad in the paper and on the internet for a roommate. This ad was answered by the suspect, who used the name Robert Cooper. The information Robert Cooper gave the victim was false. After the murder, Mr. Kite’s credit card were used at nearby Wells Fargo ATM. The suspect was photographed at the ATM machine wearing a mask and gloves in the victim’s vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was returned near the victim’s residence.

If you or someone you know can provide information on this unresolved homicide investigation, you are encouraged to contact Agent Thomas Sobieski at (303) 739-6103, e-mail TSOBIESK@auroragov.org.

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Acting Sergeant Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Dec 11, 2017 at 3:16 PM
  
On December 10th, 2017, at about 4:36 PM, one of our Officers attempted to stop a Silver 2005 Mitsubishi Galant for a minor traffic violation in the area of E. 17th Ave. and Nome St.  That vehicle took off north on Nome St. at a high rate of speed.  The Officer turned off his emergency equipment let the Galant go. 

About a block later, the Officer saw a cloud of debris from an accident six blocks north of where he was.  The Officer responded to that location and found that the Galant had hit a dip in the road at a high rate of speed and lost control.  The Galant struck an unoccupied 1999 GMC Yukon that was parked on the west side of Nome St. in the 2300 block.  The driver and sole occupant of the Galant had been ejected and was laying in the street near his car. 

The driver of the Galant was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.  No other information will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.  Nome St. in the 2300 block will be closed until we conclude our investigation.

Sgt. William Revelle
Traffic Section
303 739 6374
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Dec 10, 2017 at 6:46 PM
  
Aurora Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead in Southeast Aurora early this morning.

At approximately 3:30a.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a disturbance at the Cambrian Apartments. In the parking lot of 15651 East Caspian Circle, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital were he later died from his injury. Police have no suspect information to release at this time and are looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this homicide. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Heath Graw with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6213 or  Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster may remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Acting Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Dec 08, 2017 at 8:08 AM
  
On November 20, 2017, at approximately 5:16 pm officers were dispatched to 481 South Kalispell Way on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival officers found an 18 year old black male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until November 24, 2017 when he succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation has revealed that the shooting was felonious and as a result one person is currently in custody in connection with the homicide. This is still an ongoing and active investigation so minimal information is being released at this time.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s office.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6068.


Acting Sergeant Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Nov 28, 2017 at 4:51 PM
  

On November 21, 2017, at approximately 6:00 P.M., a 13 year-old female victim was walking on the Highline Canal Trail south of South Middle School (See map below).  At this location, the female was approached by an adult male and she was pushed to the ground. The victim was able to quickly fight the suspect off and he fled the scene.  The male’s motive is unclear at this time.

 The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, 17 to 26 years of age, standing approximately 5’10” tall with a heavy build.  The suspect was wearing a dark sweatshirt and he was riding a bicycle.  A composite sketch of the suspect is pending at this time and will be made available as soon as possible. 

The Aurora Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in solving this crime.  If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Detective Jeremy Jenkins with the Crimes Against Children Unit at 303.739.6129.  Tipsters can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867 to provide information. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

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Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6038 


Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Nov 22, 2017 at 3:12 PM
  

On November 17, 2017 at approximately 9:30 P.M, Aurora Police officers responded to B K Liquors located at 14293 E 6th Ave on the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male in the parking lot who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was transported to an area hospital where he currently remains in critical condition. 

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are currently following on up leads and interviewing witness to determine what events lead up to the shooting and to identify a potential suspect(s) . The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.

The investigation into this incident is active and on-going. There is no further information to release at this time.

Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6113 or they can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616

Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Nov 22, 2017 at 1:18 PM
  

On November 20, 2017 at approximately 5:15 P.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to a residence near the 400 block of S. Kalispell Way on the report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, Officers located an 18 year-old male who was suffering from a gunshot wound.  The male was transported to an area hospital where he currently remains in critical condition. 

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are following-up on up leads and interviewing witnesses to determine what events lead up to the shooting.  The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.

There is not currently believed to be any threat to the public as a result of this occurrence.

The investigation into this shooting is active and on-going. There is no further information to release at this time.

Anyone who has information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6068 or they can call 
Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 


Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6038

 

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Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Nov 20, 2017 at 9:41 PM
  

On Sunday, November 19, 2017 at midnight, a uniformed Aurora Police Officer had just arrived at E. Colfax Ave. and N. Moline St. to assist with what appeared to be a vehicle versus pedestrian crash.

 

After being on scene for only a couple of minutes, the officer heard a single gunshot that he believed was fired in his direction.  The officer was uncertain of exactly where the shot came from and subsequently additional police resources were requested to the area from all parts of the city.  An extensive search was conducted by officers on the ground in the area and Denver Police Department’s ‘Air One’ helicopter assisted with a search by air.  A suspect was not located during the search and still remains at large.

 

One of the tires on the Officer’s marked patrol vehicle sustained damage.  As a part of the on-going investigation, Detectives will determine if this damage was related to the shot that was fired at the Officer. Very fortunately, the Officer was uninjured during the course of this incident. 

 

The case will be further investigated by the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit.  The Aurora Police Department is asking anybody with information about this case to please contact Sgt. Matt Fyles at (303) 739-6041.  Tipsters with information can also remain anonymous by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867 and can be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

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Officer Bill Hummel 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Nov 19, 2017 at 2:17 AM
  
Aurora Police are investigating a shooting in Northwest Aurora that has left one man dead.

On November 6th at around 9:40p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a shooting at East 14th Avenue and North Paris Street.  Upon arrival officers located an adult male in the roadway who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. 

The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified. 

Police have no suspect information at this time and are asking anyone with information about this case to call Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6710. Tipsters can also submit a tip by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers a 720.913.7876. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Acting Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Nov 07, 2017 at 12:41 AM
  
The Aurora Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve national accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: Policy and Procedures, Administration, Operations, and Support Services. The Aurora Police Department was first accredited by CALEA® in 1988, and is currently seeking its sixth re-accreditation.

As part of this on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments. A public information session will be held:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
Aurora Municipal Center
City Council Chambers
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80012

Agency employees and the public who are unable to attend the information session are invited to offer comments by calling the CALEA® assessor on the unrecorded line of 303.739.6162 on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, between the hours of 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.

Telephone comments, as well as comments at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the applicable CALEA® standards.  Click here for a copy of the applicable standards.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Aurora Police Department’s ability to comply with the applicable standards for accreditation may send them to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA); 13575 Heathcote Boulevard; Suite 320; Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or email.

Professional Standards Section


Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Nov 06, 2017 at 2:29 PM
  
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