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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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UPDATE:  Butler was arrested by the Aurora Police Department Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team (FAST) in the 4100 Block of South Mobile Way at 12:45PM today and is currently being held in the Aurora Detention Center.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released on May 11th, 2017:

After weeks of tireless investigative work with our law enforcement partners at the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has identified a suspect in the murder of Queen Ashby.

Queen was murdered in early April at 1433 Joliet Street in Aurora and her body was later discovered in a rural part of Clear Creek County on April 8th.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Shawrae Butler (DOB: 09/27/1995) for 1st Degree Murder. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the APD Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team Tip Line at 303-627-FAST (3278) or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

BUTLER, SHAWRAE

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



Information previously released by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on May 2, 2017:


CBI News Release:
Female Body Located in Clear Creek County Identified

(May 2, 2017—CBI—Lakewood, CO)—The female body discovered in Clear County in early April has been identified.
After dozens of tips forwarded to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office (CCCSO), information was relayed that led to the identification of Queen Ashby (DOB: 03/07/1997) of Aurora.

Ashby was positively identified and notification made to her family.

The investigation into Ashby’s death remains active by the CBI and the CCCSO.


Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 12, 2017 at 3:54 PM
  
Aurora Police are investigating a shooting in Southeast Aurora that has left one man dead and another critically injured.

At 1:04 a.m. this morning the Aurora Police Public Safety Communications Center received several reports of shots fired in the area of 15200 East Girard Avenue. Upon arrival officers discovered a deceased male subject who had been shot in the rear parking lot of the Hancock Office Park. A short time later officers received a second report that another subject who had been shot was in the front yard of a residence in the 3300 block of South Granby Street. That male was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Investigators believe that the two victims are connected to one shooting incident that occurred at the office park.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time it will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and his next of kin have been notified. 

The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Randy Hansen at 303.739.6710.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 12, 2017 at 8:18 AM
  
Aurora Colorado

On May 5th, 2017 at 9:13am, Aurora Police, and Aurora Fire responded to a single vehicle rollover crash in the 2700 block of north Chambers Rd.   On scene investigation with witnesses, and physical evidence, preliminarily indicates that a 1997 Honda Civic was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound.  Motorists reported the vehicle was weaving through traffic, ultimately losing control and going off the roadway, over and embankment where it rolled over.  There was a single occupant of the Honda, who was pronounced deceased on scene.  No other vehicles or pedestrians were struck. 

This is an active, ongoing investigation under case number 17-16924.  The identity of the driver of the Honda will be released by the Adams County Coroner, pending positive identification.

Sergeant Mark Elliot
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations
Posted by melliot@auroragov.org  On May 05, 2017 at 5:30 PM
  

On Thursday May 4, 2017 at approximately 1:03 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Rivera Motel located at 9100 East Colfax Avenue on a report of a shooting. 

Upon officers arrival they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the body. That male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to those injuries.

During the homicide investigation officers were contacted by a male reporting a robbery at the motel. At this time the reported robbery is unfounded and being treated as a separate assault case. Interviews are still being conducted. The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is handling the investigation into the Homicide.  Due to the ongoing investigation there is no suspect information available for release.

The identity of the Homicide victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending the positive identification of the victim and notification of his next of kin.

The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6067. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867, can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

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

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On May 04, 2017 at 4:00 PM
  

On April 29th, 2017 at approximately 5:21 p.m. the Aurora Police Department responded to a local hospital where an unconscious adult male suffering from a stab wound to the body arrived.

Despite medical efforts, the adult male succumbed to his injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this as a homicide. We do not have anyone in custody, and there is no further information available at this time.

Police do not release the name of the deceased, that is and has been released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office.

If anyone has information about this case they are asked to call Agent Krieger with the Major Crimes Homicide Unit at 303-739-6113.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 02, 2017 at 5:10 PM
  
UPDATE: Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit announces the arrest of Margarito Najera Date of Birth March 15, 1974, as shown in the attached photo, in the homicide that occurred on April 28th, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. in the 9500 block of East 14th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

There are no other updates in this case which is expected to be filed with the 18th Judicial District Attorney's office today, May 1, 2017. At that time all media inquires should be directed to their office.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim who was killed, that will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office once he is positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

If anyone has information about this case they are asked to call Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117. 
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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095




Information previously released April 28, 2017:

On April 28th and around 8:45a.m. this morning Aurora Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 9500 Block of East 14th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

Upon arrival Officer found two adult male shooting victims near the entrance to an alleyway, which is located mid block between Clinton and Dallas Streets. An officer immediately began life saving measures (CPR) until Paramedics from the Aurora Fire Rescue Department arrived on scene. Both victims were transported to a local hospital where one of the victims died from his injuries. The other victim is expected to survive.

A person of interest was taken into custody at the scene. At this time Aurora Police are not looking for any additional suspect.

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this homicide to determine what events lead up to this deadly shooting.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim who was killed, that will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office once the he is positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

If anyone has information about this case they are asked to call Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 01, 2017 at 11:51 AM
  
DATE: May 3, 2017

CONTACT: Officer Crystal McCoy, PIO
(303) 739-6038

NATURE: 2017 Fallen Police Officer Memorial                                                                                                     

The Chief of Police would like to announce the Aurora Police Department’s 2017 Fallen Police Officer Memorial. We will be honoring the lives of the following Aurora Police Officers who died in the line of duty:

Patrolwoman Debra Sue Corr EOW 6/27/81

Patrolman Thomas Dietzman Jr. EOW 8/16/85

Agent Edward Hockom EOW 9/21/87

Agent Michael Del Thomas EOW 9/30/06

Police Officer Doug Byrne EOW 3/26/07

Additionally, we will be honoring the lives of all of the Colorado Fallen Officers that have died in the line of duty since May of 2016 which include:

Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue EOW 11/25/16

The public, law enforcement agencies and families of the fallen, as well as media are invited to attend this ceremony. The ceremony will include the Aurora Police Honor Guard, Rangeview  Jazz Choir singing the National Anthem, and a Blue Rose Presentation by Brotherhood for the Fallen.

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday May 3, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Courtyard of the Aurora Municipal Center (AMC) Campus.

The media is asked to contact Officer Crystal McCoy at ckmccoy@auroragov.org if they are planning on attending. Interviews will be granted at the end of the ceremony.

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 01, 2017 at 9:39 AM
  
PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE JUAN CAMPOS-ROCHA
 
WHAT:          The Aurora Police Department
WHEN:           Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:       1550 Havana Street 
WHO:             Chief of Police Nick Metz 
CONTACT:    Officer Diana Cooley, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department
                         (303) 739-6022
 
The Aurora Police Department will be holding a press conference to brief the media about the circumstances related to the missing person case of Juan Campos-Rocha, 13 year old. 

The conference will take place today in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Aurora, 1550 Havana Street at 1:00 p.m. Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz be giving an update into the investigation. A spokesperson for the family will be giving a statement. 
Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Apr 25, 2017 at 11:13 AM
  
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Aurora Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to one of three disposal sites in Aurora.

Central Aurora: The Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St.
Northeast Aurora: Pickens Technical College, 500 Airport Blvd.
Southeast Aurora: Saddle Rock Emergency Room, 22500 E. Dry Creek Rd.

(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Apr 21, 2017 at 9:24 AM
  
Every 15 Minutes Presented by  Hinkley High School & Aurora Police Department on April 3-4, 2017

Life's lessons are best learned through experience. Unfortunately, when the target audience is teens and the topic is drinking and driving, experience is not the teacher of choice.

The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of driving impaired. This powerful program will challenge students to think about drinking, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions when lives are involved.

Prior to the start of the program, involved students and school faculty members begin by making a short video that will be played at the end of day two to the rest of the Junior and Senior class. This is the video that was produced.

Special thanks to all student participants and community partners who made this possible:
Aurora Public Schools- Hinkley High School
Aurora Fire Rescue
Arapahoe County Coroner
City of Aurora Courts and Detention Center
Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Department of Transportation
Falk Rocky Mountain- Aurora
Health One Air Life
Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
M&M Auto Reconditioning


Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Apr 04, 2017 at 3:25 PM
  
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