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:

Sergeant Bill Hummel-Unit Supervisor
Officer Crystal McCoy-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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On the afternoon of August 29, 2017, the victim who was shot during this incident has died from her injuries. The victim, an adult female, was shot on the afternoon of August 28, 2017 in the 10500 block of E. Mississippi Ave.

The investigation into this incident remains very active and is on-going. The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending the positive identification of the victim and notification of her next of kin.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with anyone who has information about this case. Witnesses are asked to call Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6067 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.

In order to protect the integrity of this investigation, there is no further information available for release at this time.





Information previously released on August 28, 2017


On Monday afternoon at approximately 5:48 p.m. the Aurora Police Department received information from the Denver Police Department about a shooting that had occurred in the 10500 block of East Mississippi Avenue. Upon arrival officers located an adult female who was suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital and is currently in critical condition.

During the initial investigation it was determined that two vehicles traveling eastbound on East Mississippi Avenue were involved in the shooting and a subsequent accident resulted in another vehicle becoming involved. The suspect’s vehicle left the scene. It is unknown how many occupants were inside the two involved vehicles when the shooting occurred.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are following on up leads and interviewing witnesses to determine what events lead up to the shooting and to identify potential suspect(s) .

Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation information about the suspect(s) and the suspect’s vehicle is not being released at this time.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with anyone who has information about this case. Witnesses are asked to call Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6067 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.

No further updates are expected to be released tonight. We will provide updates when they come available.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616
Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Aug 29, 2017 at 2:57 PM
  
DATE: 08-29-17

CONTACT: Lieutenant Michael McClelland, Traffic Section Commander, 303-739-6326


NATURE: Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint- Friday September 1st, 2017

Aurora, Colorado- The Aurora Police Department will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday September 1st, 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 accidents 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 Chambers Rd.

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 Section Commander, Lt. Michael McClelland with any questions.

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Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Aug 29, 2017 at 10:57 AM
  
On Thursday evening at approximately 11:46p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a party shot in the alley behind 1460 Boston Street in Northwest Aurora. Upon arrival officers located an adult male victim who had been shot several times. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries early this morning.

Patrol Officers with the assistance of the Denver Police Department Air Support Unit searched the area for any potential suspects remaining in the area, none were located. The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this case.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. His name will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with anyone who has information about this case. Witnesses are asked to call Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6710 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.  

Acting Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Aug 25, 2017 at 11:39 AM
  
On 08/20/2017, the Aurora Police Department received a report pertaining to allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct involving a suspect Brian Vasquez (DOB: 04/15/1983), a teacher who is currently employed at Prairie Middle School. As these allegations were investigated, more serious incidents came to light to include sexual assault between Vasquez and juvenile students.

Investigators are still working to investigate this matter and are still speaking with witnesses and victims. At this time limited information is being released as to protect the integrity of this very active, open investigation. Aurora Crimes Against Children (CAC) Detectives are investigating this incident as well as other incidents of sexual assault involving Vasquez and students.

On 8/22/2017, Vasquez was arrested and booked into the Aurora City Jail on the following charges: 3 counts of Sexual Assault on a Child- Position of Trust (‘Pattern of Abuse’ charging enhancer) and 5 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child.  Vasquez has been placed on administrative leave by the Cherry Creek School District.

The Aurora Police Department is working in conjunction with the Cherry Creek School District and other school districts that have previously employed Vasquez to ensure that needs of victims are met. The cooperation of the Cherry Creek School district has been instrumental in aiding our investigation.

It is possible that there are additional persons who have been victimized by Vasquez and have not yet reported it. The Aurora Police Department is asking anybody who is a witness or has information about circumstances surrounding this investigation to please call the Crimes Against Children Tip-Line at (303) 739-6164.  If there are any additional victims who are wishing to report to police, they are asked to call Police Dispatch at (303) 627-3100 immediately.  A photo is being released to the public in the event that there are additional victims who have not yet come forward in filing a report with Police.

Because it is possible that there are additional victims, the Aurora Police Department is releasing Vasquez’s known previous work history that has been made available by the Cherry Creek School District:

-Social Studies Teacher (7th and 8th grade) at Prairie Middle School: 08/11/11 to current

-Destination Imagination Coach at Prairie Middle School: 10/2012- 01/2017

-Teacher at Mountain vista Community school in Harrison School District 2, (7th grade Geography and 8th grade U.S. History): 08/2009-06/2011

-Teacher at Mesa Ridge High School in Widefield School District 3 (9th grade Geography/ Social Studies, 10th grade World History, 11th grade U.S. History): 10/2007-06/2009

-Substitute Teacher in Widefield School District (grades 6th-12th, all subject areas): 04/2007-10/2007

-Student Teacher at Janitell High School in Widefield School District (7th grade Geography, 8th grade U.S. History): 05/2006-12/2006

-Youth Worker at the San Louis Valley Youth Detention Center in Alamosa, Colorado: 04/2004-04/2006

There is no further information available at this time.    

Mugshot of Brian Vasquez

Photo of Brian Vasquez 
Photo Courtesy of Cherry Creek Schools

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6038

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Aug 23, 2017 at 1:43 PM
  
PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

WHAT: The Aurora Police Department and Cherry Creek School District

WHEN: Monday August 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Aurora Police Headquarters, Office of the Chief of Police, 15001 East Alameda Parkway

WHO: Chief of Police, Nick Metz
    Major Investigations Lieutenant, Stephen Redfearn
            Cherry Creek Public Schools Superintendent, Harry Bull

CONTACT: Officer Bill Hummel, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department (303) 739-6038.

PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

Aurora, Colorado-The Aurora Police Department will be holding a press conference to brief the media about the circumstances related to an on-going sexual assault investigation. It is believed that there are multiple victims in this case and the suspect is a teacher at Prairie Middle School in Aurora.

The conference will take place today at Aurora Police Headquarters (15001 East Alameda Parkway) at 6:00 p.m. 

The conference will be held in a secure location inside of police headquarters so the media is asked to arrive prior to 6:00 p.m. at the north doors of police headquarters near the crime lab vehicles. A representative of the Media Relations Unit will then provide access into the building.


Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Aug 22, 2017 at 4:38 PM
  
Lee Condreay Named New Internal Affairs Bureau Commander 

Chief of Police Nicholas Metz is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Condreay to the rank of Commander. He will oversee the operations of the Internal Affairs Bureau which includes one Lieutenant, two Sergeant Investigators, two Agent Investigators and one Administrative Technician. The Internal Affairs Bureau is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct involving department members.  

Commander Condreay was selected after a rigorous promotional testing process which included presentations to and input from the APD’s newly created Citizen Policing Advisory Team (CPAT)

Commander Condreay, who is an Aurora native, started his law enforcement career in 1991 when he was hired as a Police Officer with the Englewood Police Department. In 1996 he joined the Aurora Police Department and served as a Patrol Officer and a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). In 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Agent where he served as a Detective in the Investigations Bureau and then later as a Police Training Instructor at the Aurora Police Academy.

In 2003, Commander Condreay was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his tenure as a Sergeant he supervised a Patrol Team, a Police Area Representative Team (PAR) and a Direct Action Response Team. In 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as a District Watch Commander, District 2 Sector Commander, and was the Executive Officer for District 2. He later commanded the Investigative Support Section, Metro Gang Task Force and since 2016 has served as the Deputy Commander of the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Commander Condreay is a graduate of the University of Denver Executive Leadership Program, IACP Leadership in Police Organizations, and the FBI Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives.  He earned his Masters of Arts in Management and Leadership from Webster University and his Bachelors of Science in Educations from the University of Northern Colorado. 

Commander Condreay

Acting Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Executive Officer to the Chief of Police
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Aug 18, 2017 at 6:51 PM
  
At 3:16 this afternoon the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the area of E Louisiana Ave and S Yampa Way. When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are following on up leads and interviewing witnesses to determine what events lead up to the shooting and to identify potential suspect(s) .

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

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 tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

This is an active and open investigation and therefore no further information is available at this time.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616
Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Aug 17, 2017 at 6:41 PM
  

On August 15th, 2017 at 1:26 a.m., Aurora Patrol Officers responded to the area of E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Potomac Street on a report of a single vehicle crash with injuries.  Traffic investigators responded to the scene and our investigation revealed the following: 

 

A maroon in color 1999 Ford Expedition, driven by a 50 yo male, with a 23 yo adult female passenger, both from Aurora, CO., were in the area of the McDonald's/ Waffle House restaurants located at E. Mississippi Ave. and S. Uvalda Street.  Witness accounts and evidence showed the vehicle sped out of the parking lot for unknown reasons, over the landscaped embankment, across the sidewalk and struck a fire hydrant.  The vehicle continued out onto E. Mississippi Ave. and proceeded eastbound.  At some point the vehicle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes at a high rate of speed, drove back over the center median into the eastbound lanes, lost control and went over the south curb line near 13800 block of E. Mississippi Ave.  The female passenger was ejected from the vehicle prior to it striking a tree.  Both parties were taken to a local hospital, the male sustaining minor injuries, and the female with life threatening injuries.  After several hours of surgery the female victim succumbed to her injuries. 

 

The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this crash under case# 2017-31466.  We are not releasing the names of the driver and victim pending the completion of our investigation.  We believe contributing factors in this crash were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speed, and failure to utilize seatbelt restraints.  Charges against the driver are pending but may result in Vehicular Homicide, Reckless Driving and DUI.    

 

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland

Traffic Section Commander

303-739-6326

2017-31466

Posted by mmcclell@auroragov.org  On Aug 15, 2017 at 3:01 PM
  
Aurora Police Department’s K9 Polo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Polo’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Mark Smith”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

K-9 Polo

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616

Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Aug 11, 2017 at 12:37 PM
  

Approximately 6 months ago on the early morning of February 18, 2017, a man was murdered in the 4000 block of S. Crystal Cir. in Aurora. Kelly Acosta, a 29 year old man, was fatally shot while he was intervening in a robbery as a Good Samaritan.

Detectives of Aurora's Major Crimes Unit have investigated every possible lead in the case and continue to work diligently towards justice for Acosta and his family. The case remains unsolved and there are still many questions that remain unanswered. It is believed that there is somebody out there who has information about Acosta's killer. Detectives and Acosta's family are pleading with the public to please come forward with any information that they might have in regards to this case.

Prior to today, there was a total of up to $27,000 in reward money available to anybody who has information leading to the arrest of Acosta's killer. As of today, that reward total has been increased to $40,000.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is offering a reward for up to $10,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this homicide. This reward is being offered through a partnership with ATF and the Aurora Police Department under the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) initiative.
The following organizations are offering additional reward amounts:

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000.

The Aurora Police Department Reward fund is offering a reward of $7,000.00.

Memorial Fund (established by friends and family of the victim) is offering a reward of $21,000.

We are asking anyone who might have witnessed or have information about this murder to call Sergeant Matt Fyles with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6041. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.


 

Information previously released on March 7, 2017

The Aurora Police Department needs the assistance of the public with solving a murder that occurred in the early morning hours of February 18, 2017 in the 4000 block of S. Crystal Cir. The deceased victim in this case was intervening in an assault as a good Samaritan and was killed for his efforts. At this time, there is no further information available to release. This case is unsolved and the investigation remains very active.

We are asking anyone who might have witnessed or have information about the homicide to call Agent Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6113. Tipsters also can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is offering a reward for up to $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this homicide. This reward is being offered through a partnership with ATF and the Aurora Police Department under the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) initiative.

The following organizations are offering additional reward amounts:

The Aurora Police Department Reward fund is offering a reward of $5,000.00.

Memorial Fund (established by friends and family of the victim) is offering a reward of $15,000.

The total amount of rewards being offered is $27,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for this crime.
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Information previously released on February 18, 2017

On Saturday February 18, 2017 at approximately 04:25 a.m. Officers responded to a parking lot in the 4000 block of S. Crystal Cir. on the report of parties fighting at this location with shots fired.

Upon arrival, Officers located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

This is still an active and on-going investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time.  The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is handling the investigation into this matter. At this time there is no suspect information available for release. The identity of the 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 Sergeant Matt Fyles with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6041. 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 Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
 720-432-5095

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Aug 10, 2017 at 1:06 PM
  
 
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