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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.
To reach a Public Information Officer with the Traffic Section for information about traffic related incidents (crashes, traffic safety, photo red light) call 720.675.8915.

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UPDATE: On Friday September 27th Mr. Lee Fabricius  (03/11/1969) was booked into the Aurora Municipal Jail on suspicion of Vehicular Homicide and is currently being held at the Arapahoe County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond. Furthers questions about this incident should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.



Lieutenant Jad Lanigan
Aurora Police Department Metro Division
Traffic Section Commander
Assistant Swat Commander
6 Abilene St
Aurora, Colorado 80011
303-739-6326
Jlanigan@auroragov.org



Previously Released Information -
On September 24, 2019 at about 10:04 PM, Aurora Police and Fire responded to a single vehicle crash in the 22600 block of Heritage Parkway.  During the investigation they found that a 2014 Dodge truck had been driving east and ran off the road into a park bench and trees.  The crash resulted in the death of a pedestrian who may have been walking down the sidewalk, the Arapahoe County Coroners officer Identified the victim as Dale Fabricius 06/03/1959.

 

 

The victim in the accident is the brother of Lee Fabricius 03/11/1969, who was driving the truck.   At this time, we believe alcohol consumption to be a factor in the crash but that cannot be confirmed until toxicology reports are reviewed.  Mr. Lee Fabricius is in custody at a local hospital. Because he is in the hospital a picture of Mr. Fabricius is not available at this time.  Once Mr. Fabricius is released from the hospital he will be booked into the Aurora Municipal Jail on the charge of Vehicular Homicide.

 

In consultation with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office the charge of Vehicular Homicide might change as the investigation continues.


Lieutenant Jad Lanigan
Aurora Police Department Metro Division
Traffic Section Commander
Assistant Swat Commander
6 Abilene St
Aurora, Colorado 80011
303-739-6326
Jlanigan@auroragov.org

Previously Released Information -
On September 24th, 2019 at 10:04 pm, Aurora Dispatch received calls of a crash in the 22600 block of East Heritage Parkway. During the course of the investigation a deceased victim was discovered in the path taken by the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with injuries. Speed and alcohol are being investigated for this incident. The identity of the victim and the driver are not being released at this time.

This incident marks the 20th traffic related fatality in Aurora for 2019.

Sergeant Mike Douglass
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303-739-6293


Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Sep 30, 2019 at 11:05 AM
  

On September 25th, 2019 at 1211 pm, Aurora Dispatch received calls of a crash in the intersection of S. Havana St and E. Iliff Ave. During the course of the investigation a it was determined the lights at the intersection were out due to a power outage. A motorcycle driven by an adult male was crossing the intersection when another vehicle struck the motorcyclist and then 3 other vehicles. The motorcyclist was pronounced at the scene.

One other driver of the secondary vehicles was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The crash is being investigated at this time. The Arapahoe County Coroner’s office will release the victim’s name once identified.

Traffic investigator’s after reviewing all information and toxicology reports will make a final determination of final charges at a later date.
This incident marks the 21st traffic related fatality in Aurora for 2019.

 

Drivers are reminded when an intersection has no traffic signals to act as the intersection is a four-way stop, then to proceed with caution.

Sergeant Gregory Garcia
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303-739-6293

Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Sep 25, 2019 at 4:45 PM
  

On September 19th, 2019, the Aurora Colorado Police Department issued a media advisory with helpful information for those who plan on attending the protest and rally event at the ICE Detention Center in Aurora on September 21, 2019. To ensure everyones safety  the following additional regulations will be in effect.

Sticks (see further below), poles, pipes, bats or similar objects will not be permitted. 

Sticks being used as supports for signs, posters, banners or flags may only be permitted under all of the following conditions:

-They are attached and remain attached to a sign, poster, banner or flag at all times.

-They are made of wood. No metal, PVC, glass, or other material allowed for sign supports.

-They are 40" or less in length.


-They are blunt on each end. No sharp supports are allowed.


Violation of these rules will be grounds to deny access or removal from the protest area, and refusal to leave will be a violation of Aurora Municipal Code (AMC) 94-71, Trespass.


Open carrying of firearms is prohibited inside the specified protest area pursuant to AMC 94-154, Colorado Revised Statute 29-11.7-104. Individuals will not be allowed into the area openly carrying firearms.

Violation of this rule will be grounds to deny access or removal from the protest area, and refusal to leave will be a violation of  AMC 94-71, Trespass.

Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of those attending the event and our officers. The Aurora Police Department respects and upholds the constitutional rights of our community including the right to express and exercise free speech.  We will continue to balance these rights with the protection of property, safety and life. We appreciate the community’s partnership in this regard, and would encourage you to watch this important video message from Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz and APD officers by clicking HERE.


Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Colorado Police Department
720-432-5095


Information previously released on September 19, 2019:

PROTEST AND RALLY EVENT

WHAT:        Protest and Rally Event
WHEN:        Saturday September 21, 2019
WHERE:      ICE Detention Facility
CONTACT: Officer Crystal McCoy, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Colorado Police Department
                    303.739.6022

AURORA, Colorado - Having a peaceful demonstration is most meaningful when everyone chooses to be respectful, law-abiding, and civil.  It’s equally important to realize everyone has a right to lawfully assemble, and Colorado law prohibits disrupting a lawful assembly.  The goal with this advisory is to provide helpful information for those planning on attending the protest or support rally at the ICE Detention Center in Aurora on September 21, 2019.

Free Speech is Important: The APD values citizens’ free speech rights.  Freedom of Speech includes a variety of expressive words, printed words, and expressive conduct. However, there are limits. For example, “Fighting Words,” or words that are inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction or a breach of the peace through retaliation, are not protected by the First Amendment.  Additionally, criminal conduct, such as theft and destruction of another’s property or physical assault of another person, is not protected by the First Amendment.  We ask for the public’s help in ensuring that the event remains a place for free speech and lawful activity.

To Get Information Day-Of: To receive incident response information, attendees can opt-in to text messages from APD during this event by sending a text to the number 474747 with APDINFO in the body of the text.  Additionally, APD will be using Twitter for similar messaging to the public and media. To receive those messages please follow us on Twitter at the @AuroraPD profile.

If You See Something, Say Something: We ask members of the public, to constantly be aware of their surroundings, and immediately report any safety concerns. You can do so by calling dispatch at 303-627-3100, or by flagging down a nearby officer, or replying to the opt-in text messaging service as mentioned above. 

At any time during the event, if there is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or flag down a nearby officer. Otherwise, the non-emergency number is 303-627-3100 for police and fire assistance.  Some police reports can be filed online at anytime by clicking HERE

No Parking:  There will not be any available parking at the event.  We strongly encourage using RTD or ride-share options if needed. Additionally, we will have the following street closures on Saturday, September 21, 2019 beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. as follows:

·         East 30th Avenue from Nome Street to Peoria Street

·         Nome Street from East 30th Avenue to East 33rd Avenue

·         Oakland Street from East 30th Avenue to East 33rd Avenue

Attendee Arrival: Anti-ICE Groups are directed to go to East 30th Avenue and Oakland Street to arrive at the designated protest area on the South side of the facility. Please see attached map.

Pro-ICE groups are asked to go to East 33rd Avenue and Oakland Street to arrive at the designated protest area on the North side of the facility. Please see attached map.

Industrial Area / No Facilities:  This is an industrial area with no public bathrooms, very little shade, no convenience stores, and no seating provided. Large crowds are expected and movement around the area may be restricted. Attendees should plan accordingly for simple first aid needs, weather, hydration, and food.

Excessive Noise: When using bullhorns and noisemakers, attendees are notified to be respectful of other attendees and refrain from creating a significant obstruction or interference to a lawful assembly. Further, these devices can be intentionally used to cause actual physical pain, or bodily injury, to attendees, which is unlawful. Due to this, officers may contact you to request you turn the volume of your bullhorn or noisemaker down to a more acceptable level.

Safety and Officer Conduct: Our officers are there to ensure the safety of those attending the event. If an officer contacts you, please remain cordial and comply with any orders the officer may have given you.  If you have concerns questions or compliments you can relay that information to www.AuroraPolice.com.
Drones: The publics use of Drones are not permitted at this event.

Accident Alert and Priority Dispatch: During this event the APD will be on accident alert and priority dispatch protocol from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. due to limited police resources. If you are involved in an accident during this time that involve any of the following:

·         Injuries

·         Hit-and-Run

·         DUI involving alcohol and/or drugs

·         One or more vehicles are not drivable

·         One driver does not have proof of insurance

Then please call 303-627-3100 for an officer to respond. All other traffic accidents should be filed online by clicking HERE or you can respond to the APD headquarters lobby located at 15001 East Alameda Parkway with all involved drivers the following day to complete the accident report.

Priority dispatch means APD will only respond to in-progress calls where life is in danger, and all other calls for service will potentially have significantly extended wait times for a response.  We understand this is frustrating, but we appreciate your patience.

Dispersal Orders: As a last resort, APD may have to give dispersal orders to the crowd and will do so in  both English and Spanish. This will only occur when there is a clear and present danger of immediate threat to safety.

Please follow all orders immediately and peacefully while evacuating the area. If a dispersal order is given, all attendees will be asked to go North on Oakland Street to East 33rd Avenue, or South on Oakland Street to East 30th Avenue continuing East to Peoria Street. You can view the evacuation map by clicking HERE.

Media: All press briefings will be announced on Twitter and conducted at East 33rd Avenue and Oakland Street. The media can use the below phone number and email address for incident response inquiries, and interview requests:

720-432-5095
APDPIO@Auroragov.org

All records requests related to this event should be sent to APD records not the Media Relations Unit. Please click HERE, complete the form, and submit the request as instructed on the form. Again, do not submit requests to the Media Relations Unit as they are not processed by that office.

Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of those attending the event and our officers. The Aurora Police Department respects and upholds the constitutional rights of our community including the right to express and exercise free speech.  We will continue to balance these rights with the protection of property, safety and life. We appreciate the community’s partnership in this regard, and would encourage you to watch this important video message from Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz and APD officers by clicking HERE.

 

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Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Sep 20, 2019 at 7:01 PM
  
UPDATE: The Aurora Police Reward Fund is also matching the Crime Stoppers $2,000 reward, for a total reward of up to $4,000, with information about this incident.

The Aurora Police Major Crime Homicide Unit is continuing to ask for the public’s assistance regarding this vehicle fire.  The vehicle, a blue SUV, was pulled over and stopped on the shoulder of the highway, southbound, just south of the on-ramp from E Colfax Ave from Saturday night into early Sunday morning, approximately 1:00 a.m. The vehicle would have been in this location prior to catching fire.  If you happened to be driving in the area and observed the vehicle, the occupant(s) or any other vehicle stopped with it, you are encouraged to contact the lead investigator, Detective Chad Lampson, at 303-739-6013 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Individuals who contact Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and still be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

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Information previously released on September 8th, 2019:

On September 8th, 2019, around 01:00 A.M., officers responded to the area of southbound Interstate 225 near East Colfax Avenue on reports of a vehicle fire.

Once the fire had been extinguished by Aurora Fire Rescue, an unidentifiable body was found inside of the vehicle. Information is limited at this time.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once a positive identification has been made, and next of kin has been notified.

Due to the suspicious nature of this death, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is handling this investigation. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Lampson with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6013. 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 Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Sep 12, 2019 at 1:57 PM
  

DATE: 09-11-19

 

CONTACT: Lieutenant Jad Lanigan, Traffic Section Supervisor, 303-739-6326

 

NATURE:  Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint- Saturday September 14th, 2019

 

Aurora, Colorado-  The Aurora Police Department will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday September 14th, 2019 from 9:00 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 the Traffic Commander Lt. J. Lanigan with any questions.
Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Sep 11, 2019 at 3:24 PM
  
*UPDATE*

With the assistance of a watchful citizen the initial suspect vehicle was located in the area of E. Quincy Ave and S. Memphis St in Aurora. The investigation is still on-going at this time. Officers are still looking for a second vehicle that struck the victim after being struck by the initial suspect vehicle. This vehicle is described as a 2001-2003 Honda Civic two door which left the scene, it may have front left damage and missing the left front inner fender liner. If you have any information reference this incident please call Agt. Ragain at 303-739-6351. 



On September 4th, 2019 at approximately 2:59 am, Aurora Police and Fire Dispatch received several calls stating a male was in the roadway of 1800 South Buckley Road appearing to be deceased. Upon arrival, Officers determined the person was a bicyclist and was struck by a vehicle. The driver did not remain on scene and has not reported being involved in the incident. 

The identity of the male is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. Aurora Police Traffic Investigators are currently processing the scene. This marks the 19th traffic related fatality in Aurora for 2019.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section.

Sergeant Mike Douglass
Aurora Police Traffic Section
303-739-6293
Posted by mdouglas@auroragov.org  On Sep 04, 2019 at 2:38 PM
  

                At approximately 1934 hrs on 08/31/19 a vehicle driving through the parking lot of the above address struck a 3 year old child left unattended at a wedding venue. Traffic units investigated on scene. Child pronounced on scene. No alcohol involved. Adams County Coroner on scene.  Next of Kin on scene and notified. Case still under investigation.

Sgt. G Garcia
Daytime Traffic
720-675-8915

Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Sep 02, 2019 at 7:33 AM
  
At approximately 2136 on 08/31/19 a vehicle driving east bound on E. 6th Ave and struck an adult male pedestrian crossing E. 6th Ave. The Vehicle fled the scene, but left his license plate behind. Driver contacted at the registered address, taken in custody and booked.  Pedestrian was transported to University Hospital and later pronounced. Traffic units investigated on scene. Please refer questions to the Arapahoe County 17th Judicial District Attorney's office. 

Sgt. G Garcia
Daytime Traffic 
720-675-8915
Posted by ggarcia@auroragov.org  On Sep 02, 2019 at 7:33 AM
  
 
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