Aurora Police News
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 Public Affairs Unit.

Public Affairs Unit Staff:

Sergeant Faith Goodrich - Unit Supervisor
Agent Matthew Longshore - Public Information Officer
Joe Moylan - Public Information Officer 

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October 2022 - Posts
(October 30) A 12-year-old girl has died, numerous others seriously injured, following a crash at the intersection of South Buckley Road and East Kent Drive.

On October 29, 2022 at 07:16 p.m., officers were called to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Buckley road and East Kent Drive. Once first responders arrived on scene, they located a total of twelve people that were injured as a result of this crash. The ages of the injured ranged from 6-months-old to 31-years-old. Eleven were transported to various hospitals, and a 12-year-old girl was pronounced deceased on scene.

Initial investigation found that a Dodge Journey, being driven by a 15-year-old, and which was reported stolen earlier in the afternoon, was traveling northbound on South Buckley Road at a high rate of speed. A Toyota Tacoma, turning left onto East Kent Drive from southbound South Buckley Road, was struck on the passenger side of the vehicle. There were four people in the Tacoma: a 31-year-old man, 29-year-old woman, 3-year-old girl and 6-month-old girl. All four were transported to the hospital, the two adults with life-threatening injuries. There were eight juveniles in the Dodge Journey: 16-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl, three 15-year-old boys, a 14-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl, and a 12-year-old girl. Seven of them were transported to the hospital with various injuries, some life-threatening, and the 12-year-old was pronounced deceased.

The 15-year-old driver is currently in custody for an outstanding warrant. Additional charges relating to this crash are pending. The intersection was closed for a few hours so Traffic Investigators could collect evidence, photographs, and measurements. This investigation is ongoing, but it is believed that the driver was impaired and a contributing factor.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased girl.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash and have not yet spoken to investigators. Tipsters can anonymously report any information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and could be eligible for up to $2,000 reward.

This is the 40th traffic-related fatality for 2022.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 30, 2022 at 10:03 AM
  
A 70-year-old Aurora woman died earlier this month from injuries she sustained in a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in central Aurora.

The crash was reported at 11:09 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at the intersection of East Mississippi Avenue and South Blackhawk Street. An investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Section revealed the woman was walking north across Mississippi Avenue when she was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup that was driving south on Blackhawk Street and turning left onto Mississippi Avenue.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. She died the following day at the hospital. The Aurora Police Department wasn’t notified about the fatality until Wednesday.

The driver of the pickup remained at the scene and cooperated with the initial investigation of the crash. Intoxication is not suspected as a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with any information or footage of the crash who hasn’t already spoken with investigators is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

This is the 39th traffic-related fatality for 2022.

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 30, 2022 at 10:02 AM
  
(October 27) A 57-year-old has died following a crash earlier this month near the intersection South Waco Street and East Girard Avenue.

On October 12, 2022 at 09:23 a.m., officers were called to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Waco Street and East Girard Avenue. The 57-year-old man driving the vehicle was found suffering life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital. Sadly, he did not survive and was pronounced deceased days later.

Initial investigation found that a Dodge Durango was traveling southbound on South Waco Street when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. It was believed that the 57-year-old driver had suffered a medical episode prior to the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

The identification of the deceased would be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash and have not yet spoken to investigators. Tipsters can anonymously report any information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and could be eligible for up to $2,000 reward.

This is the 38th traffic-related fatality for 2022.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 30, 2022 at 9:56 AM
  
(October 28)  An Iowa man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of killing a woman in a parking lot off South Parker Road.

John Thoren, 42, has been booked into the Aurora Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder stemming from an altercation that occurred in a parking lot early Friday morning.

Aurora police officers initially responded at 2:25 a.m. to a report of a shooting in the back parking lot of 6360 South Parker Road. When officers arrived, they learned the shooting stemmed from an altercation between a man and a woman, who were strangers to each other. Officers and EMS responders provided lifesaving measures, but the victim, a 46-year-old, was pronounced deceased.

The shooter, John Thoren, called 911 and cooperated with the officers on scene. He was then transported to Police Headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives from the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit. Following these interviews, Thoren was arrested and booked into jail.

This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Any further details about this incident should be directed to their office.

If you have any information about this shooting, and did not speak to detectives on scene, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

John Thoren
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 28, 2022 at 1:41 PM
  
(October 26)  Two Aurora men have been arrested in connection with the fatal hit and run crash that killed a man and his two dogs in August.

Stephen Carter, 22, and Cullin Barnes, 45, were both arrested on suspicion of Attempting to Influence a Public Servant. These charges relate to both men making false statements to investigators during the fatal hit and run investigation.

Investigators have been continuously working to positively identify those involved in this tragic crash that killed a man and his two dogs in the early morning hours on August 5, 2022. Investigators determined that Cullin, the vehicle's owner, was inside of the vehicle at the time of the crash but denies being the driver. Detectives are still waiting for other forensic evidence to determine who was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

In coordination with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and the Aurora Reward Fund, the reward for information is still at $10,000. We are asking anyone with information about this crash to please come forward with details. You can remain anonymous by using Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and still be eligible for the reward.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Cullin Barnes
Cullin Barnes (courtesy of Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)

Stephen Warren
Stephen Carter


Information previously released

(August 9) The Aurora Police Traffic Section, in coordination with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and the Aurora Reward Fund, in announcing a reward increase for information leading to the arrest of the driver involved in this fatal hit and run crash. The reward for information is now $10,000.

We are urging anyone with information about this incident, or the driver, to immediately reach out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867 or submitting an online tip. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for the reward. 

We are also asking our community, that lives in the area of South Reservoir Road and East Mansfield, to review any exterior camera footage that they might have on August 5 between the hours of 2:20 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. If you have any individuals that are seen walking by your location, and was captured on camera, please notify Aurora Police Traffic Sergeant Carlton by calling 303.739.6243. You can also submit this evidence anonymously by using the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers website. Even the smallest detail may be able to assist investigators with identifying and locating the suspect. 

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released

(August 5) The suspect is on the run after hitting and killing a pedestrian and two dogs on South Reservoir Road.

On August 5, 2022 at about 2:30 a.m., Aurora911 received reports of a single vehicle crash near the intersection of South Reservoir Road and East Mansfield Avenue. Aurora Fire Rescue and Aurora Police responded and discovered a man and two dogs lying in the grass nearby, as well as a crashed vehicle in the center of South Reservoir Road. A 41-year-old man was pronounced deceased on scene and both dogs were also killed.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a Toyota Sequoia was traveling southbound on South Reservoir Road, just south of East Mansfield Avenue. The Toyota left the roadway, striking the pedestrian and two dogs on the sidewalk on the west side of Reservoir, killing all three of them. A bus stop, numerous signs and an electrical box were also struck in this crash. The Sequoia came to rest after driving over the center median. The driver of the Sequoia, an unknown man, left the scene on foot, leaving the vehicle behind, prior to officers’ arrival.

Southbound Reservoir was closed for multiple hours so the Traffic Investigators could collect evidence, photograph the scene, and take necessary measurements. This investigation is ongoing and will determine the speed of the vehicle prior to the crash, as well as any other contributing factors.

The identification of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once next of kin has been notified and they have been positively identified.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash, and have not yet spoken to investigators, please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up-to $2,000.

This is the 26th traffic related fatality of 2022.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 26, 2022 at 3:43 PM
  
(October 26)  An Aurora woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing another woman earlier this week in the Mission Viejo neighborhood.

Tamara Minh Le, 31, faces one charge of first-degree murder stemming from Sunday’s fatal shooting in the 4100 block of South Mobile Circle in Aurora. Le is being held without bond in the Arapahoe County Detention Center pending her first appearance in court. 

Le and her vehicle were identified earlier this week by the Aurora Police Department’s Major Crimes Homicide Unit. She was arrested Tuesday morning without incident by members of the fugitive and SWAT teams.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release the identity of the deceased victim once she is positively identified and next of kin has been notified.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing. We are asking anyone with any information about this case to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Tamara Le booking photo


Information previously released - additionally, the age of the woman was incorrectly published initially. She was believed to be 47-years-old but was actually 39-years-old after confirming her identity.

(October 23)  A woman dies after being shot in the Mission Viejo neighborhood. Investigators with the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit are actively looking for the suspect.

On October 23, 2022, at about 2:08 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a shooting in the 4100 block of South Mobile Circle. Officers found a 39-year-old woman inside the home who was shot. She was transported to the hospital where sadly she later died from her injuries.

Investigators from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) responded to the scene and worked with officers to locate evidence and interview witnesses. Investigators will use any information they gather from witnesses and evidence, as well as any cameras in the area, to positively identify anyone involved in this homicide. Currently, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release the identity of the deceased victim once she is positively identified and next of kin has been notified.

If you have any information about this shooting, and did not speak to detectives on scene, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and still may remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 26, 2022 at 1:42 PM
  
(October 23) One woman was arrested Saturday evening after leaving the scene of a crash involving a motorcycle near South Peoria Street and East Warren Place.

Valerie Zamora, 50, of Aurora was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

On October 22, 2022 at about 4:45 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to South Peoria Street near the intersection of East Warren Place on reports of a serious motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. Officers discovered two people, a man and a woman, lying in the roadway, both suffering from life-threatening injuries. They were transported to the hospital but sadly the woman did not survive. The man remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Investigators learned that the man and woman were both on a Honda Motorcycle going southbound on South Peoria Street. A Subaru Outback was exiting the parking lot of a gas station at the intersection, going westbound across all lanes of traffic on South Peoria Street, when the Honda Motorcycle struck the rear of the Subaru. The motorcycle then struck a stationary Toyota SUV. Immediately following the crash, the Subaru left the scene without stopping or providing aid.

Officers obtained information about that Subaru and were able to locate the vehicle unoccupied a short distance away. Through their investigation, they then located the driver of the Subaru, Valerie Zamora, and placed her into custody.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased victim once she has been positively identified and next of kin notified.

The intersection was closed for a few hours so Traffic Investigators could collect evidence, photographs, and measurements. This investigation is ongoing, but alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash and have not yet spoken to investigators, by reaching out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

This is the 37th traffic related fatality for 2022.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Valerie
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 23, 2022 at 10:08 AM
  
One man was arrested Thursday night following a fatal shooting outside a business in the Centretech neighborhood in central Aurora.

Lloyd Clifford Love, 35, of Aurora was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Aurora police officers initially responded at 7 p.m. to a report of a trespass in the 16800 block of Centretech Parkway. While officers were enroute to the scene, the call was upgraded to a report of a shooting somewhere on the property.

When officers arrived, they learned the shooting stemmed from a dispute between an employer and a former employee. Officers and EMS responders provided lifesaving measures, which unfortunately were unsuccessful and the victim was pronounced dead.

Additional officers responded and set up a perimeter to search for the known suspect, who left the scene before officers arrived. Aurora SWAT was in the area and responded to assist with the search for the suspect. Aurora officers were also joined by APD K9 officers and fugitive team and the Denver Police helicopter.

Officers and SWAT located a vehicle, performed a high-risk traffic stop, confirmed the suspect was a passenger in the car and arrested him without further incident.

If you have any information about this shooting, and did not speak to detectives on scene, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Joe Moylan
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Lloyd Love Booking Photo
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 21, 2022 at 9:40 AM
  
(October 18) At about 11:49 p.m., on October 17th, 2022, Aurora Police Officers were called to the 7-11 at 599 South Airport Boulevard for a report of shots fired in the store. The clerk reported a male came into the store armed with a handgun and fired at least one round. As the male left the store, he got into a confrontation with another customer in the parking lot and more rounds were fired. Luckily, no one was injured. The male left the scene in a car. Officers gathered evidence and a description of the car the male was driving.

While on scene at the 7-11, officers learned the same male threatened someone with a gun at the Burger King across the street at 620 South Buckley Road prior to going to the 7-11.

At 00:01 a.m. Aurora911 began receiving calls from 18091 East Kentucky Avenue. The caller reported a male shot through the front door of the apartment. There were multiple people, including children inside. Thankfully, no one in the apartment was injured.

When officers arrived on scene, they saw the same car that left the 7-11. Additionally, the caller described the same male from the 7-11 and Burger King incidents. Officers set up a perimeter and began searching the area for the male. During that search, an officer located the male and the officer fired one round. No one was injured.

The male, identified as Eugene Demetrius Robertson, 38 years-old, was taken into custody and arrested on twelve counts of attempted murder, two counts of menacing, illegal discharge of a firearm, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer-involved shooting incident. The CIRT Team conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings that occur in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert County.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

E. Roberston booking photo

Sergeant Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit | Office of the Chief of Police
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 18, 2022 at 5:34 AM
  
(October 7) The Aurora Police Department's Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash between a city of Aurora vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred at East 6th Avenue and Helena Street.

On October 7, 2022 at about 9:00 a.m., Aurora Police Officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the intersection of East 6th Avenue and North Helena Street on reports of a crash involving a pedestrian. A 66-year-old woman was found to have been struck by a 2015 Ford F-350 belonging to the city of Aurora’s water department. The woman was suffering from life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital. She was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The initial investigation has revealed that the woman was crossing East 6th Avenue, going from the north side of the roadway to the south, using the west crosswalk at the Helena Street intersection. The Ford F-350 was traveling northbound on Helena Street and was making a left turn onto East 6th Avenue and struck the woman. The driver of the F-350 remained on scene and showed no signs of impairment. Traffic Investigators were called to the scene to collect evidence, photographs and take measurements. At this time, the driver of the city of Aurora vehicle, a 28-year-old man, has not been cited for this crash. This investigation is ongoing, and while it does not appear that speed or alcohol were contributing factors, the employee voluntarily submitted to a blood draw analysis. Per standard city policy and federal requirements involving tragic accidents like these, city employees are immediately tested for drugs and alcohol at the city’s provider. The testing meets requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The results are pending.

The identification of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once they have been positively identified and their next-of-kin have been notified.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash and have not yet spoken to investigators. Tipsters can anonymously report any information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913. STOP (7867) or by going to MetroDenverCrimeStoppers.com.

This is the 36th traffic related fatality in the city in 2022.

“We’re extremely saddened by today’s incident,” stated Marshall Brown, General Manager for Aurora Water. “We’re fully cooperating with the investigation and extend our deepest condolences to the victim's family.”


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 07, 2022 at 4:37 PM
  
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