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 Media Relations Unit.

Media Relations Unit Staff:

Acting Sergeant Diana Cooley-Unit Supervisor
Officer Ken Forrest-Public Information Officer
Officer Bill Hummel-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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May 2017 - Posts

On Monday May 29, 2017 at approximately 11:36 P.M. officers responded to the 1800 Block of North Eisenhower Way, Friendly Village Mobile Home Park. Officers were conducting an investigation involving a juvenile female. At this time, details about the juvenile female case cannot be released due to her age. During the contact the female was placed in the back seat of a marked patrol vehicle while the officer concluded the investigation.

 

While the officer was parked near the intersection of Pitkin Street and Eisenhower Way, with the juvenile female in the back seat, a suspect approached the vehicle with a gun and fired several shots at the marked patrol vehicle. Fortunately, the officer and the victim were physically unharmed. The suspect fled the scene. A perimeter was quickly set up by responding officers and a juvenile male was contacted and subsequently arrested a short time later.

 

The juvenile male was arrested for two counts of attempted first-degree murder (F2) and possession of handgun by juvenile (M2). The Juvenile male is currently being held without bond. This case is still under investigation and no further details are being released at this time. Once the investigation is complete it will be presented to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

 

The Crime Scene Investigations Unit and District Detectives responded to the scene and are handling the investigation into this incident. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Brandon Rinnan with the District Two Investigations Unit at 303-739-6112.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720)432-5095


Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On May 30, 2017 at 4:29 PM
  

DATE: 05-22-15
CONTACT: Traffic Officer Kevin Deichsel, 303-739-6373
NATURE:  Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint- Friday May 26th, 2017

Aurora, Colorado- The Aurora Police Department will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday May 26th, 2017 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. This is part of our continuing commitment to the statewide effort to combat drunk drivers and reduce alcohol related traffic collisions and fatalities. This checkpoint is part of the DUI Checkpoint Colorado program, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend continuing through Labor Day weekend.  This checkpoint will be located on E. 6th Ave.

Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted briefly by an officer who will be looking for signs of intoxication and/or impairment in the driver. The checkpoint should cause only minor inconvenience to traffic along the targeted roadway, and highly visible signage will be posted leading into the checkpoint screening area. Drivers entering a checkpoint are asked to pay close attention to the officers directing traffic through the area. Motorists should also roll down their drivers’ side window as they approach the screening area. This allows for better communication between the motorist and the officer, quicker screening and a shorter delay overall.

The checkpoint is funded by an N.H.T.S.A. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) grant in partnership with the “Heat is On” campaign and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Please contact Traffic Officer Kevin Deichsel with any questions.   

 

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Posted by kdeichse@auroragov.org  On May 22, 2017 at 12:56 PM
  
On Sunday May 21, 2017 at approximately 5:22 p.m. Aurora police officers responded to the City Center North neighborhood at East Ellsworth Avenue and South Sable Boulevard on a report of a man down with injuries.

Upon officers arrival they found an adult male bleeding with injuries, but were unclear on what caused the injuries. Officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived. The adult male was then transported emergent to a nearby hospital where despite all medical efforts to save his life, he succumbed to his injuries at 6:41 p.m. Officers also located another adult female and adult male with stab wounds in the area. Both were transported to a nearby hospital, and are in stable condition. We will not be providing any further updates on their medical conditions.

Officers were able to identify an adult male suspect nearby who was taken into custody without incident at 5:47 p.m. The suspect and victims are all known to one another, and agents have identified all parties involved at this time. There is no threat to the public as a result of this incident. No further information will be provided at this time as to what led officers to the arrest of that suspect to protect the integrity of the investigation.

This homicide remains an active and ongoing investigation. Due to this, none of the involved parties will be identified, nor will a booking photo be released at this time. This case is expected to be filed into the 18th Judicial Districts Attorney's Office at which point all media inquiries should be directed there. 

The identity of the deceased will be provided 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 homicide they are asked to call Major Crimes Unit Agent C. Lampson at 303-739-6013.

City Center North Neighborhood Map

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Desk: (303) 739-6038
On-Call PIO: (720) 432-5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 21, 2017 at 10:12 PM
  

On Sunday May 14, 2017 at approximately 1:13 a.m. officers responded to 16100 block of Brunswick Drive on report of a fight at a house party.

Upon arrival officers observed people fleeing the house on foot and in vehicles. Officers on scene were unable to locate any victims.  As officers continued the investigation at the scene they received information that two adult males were being treated at a local hospital for stab wound injuries.  The two males are believed to be involved in the altercation at Brunswick Drive. Despite medical efforts one of the victims succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The second victim is expected to survive. 

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 fight.

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 Alton Reed with the Major Crimes Homicide Unit at 303-739-6068. 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 dcooley@auroragov.org  On May 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM
  
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
  
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