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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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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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On April 14, 2019, at 12:01 A.M., officers responded to the area of East 58th Avenue and North Flanders Street on reports of a vehicle fire.

Once the fire had been extinguished, 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 Adams 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 Frederickson with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6106. 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 Apr 14, 2019 at 3:44 AM
  
On April 12, 2019, at 3:33 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of South Sable Boulevard on a report of shots fired inside the residence.

Upon officers arriving they found two deceased people inside. Through the initial investigation it was determined the deceased were known to each other.

The investigation is being conducted by APD’s Major Crimes/Homicide Unit. If citizens have any information they can call Agent Hansen at 303-739-6710.

The Aurora Police Department is not looking for suspects and there is no threat to the public.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will determine cause of death and will release names of the deceased after notification of the next of kin.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Apr 12, 2019 at 11:44 AM
  
On March 18, 2019 at 11:38 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Sable Technological Center located at 562 Sable Boulevard on reported gunfire in the area. Upon officers arrival they located a victim lying on the ground in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, a juvenile male, was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his wounds.

The Aurora Police Department (APD) Major Crimes Homicide Unit, Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team, APD K-9 Unit, APD SWAT, and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force were among those who worked tirelessly for nearly 31hours which led to the arrest of a juvenile male in this homicide. The arrest occurred on March 19th at approximately 7:00 p.m. in the 15000 block of East Evans Avenue without further incident.

Due to this suspect and victim both being juveniles in this active investigation, no further details will be released by APD at this time. All further media inquires from this date forward should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office, where this case will be prosecuted.

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


Information Previously Released on March 19, 2019:

On March 18, 2019 at 11:38 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Sable Technological Center located at 562 Sable Boulevard on reported gunfire in the area.

Upon officers arrival they located a victim lying on the ground in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, a juvenile male, was transported to an area hospital where tragically he has since succumbed to his wounds.

Positive identification of the victim, and notification of the next-of-kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

We ask anyone who may be a witness, or has information about this homicide to please call Aurora Police Agent Miller at 303-739-6117. Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

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

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Mar 20, 2019 at 1:34 PM
  
On March 6, 2019 the Aurora Police Department responded to the Aurora Town Center at 14200 East Alameda Avenue on a report of a person stumbling around in the parking lot.

Upon officers arriving they contacted the person, determined the person was 16 years of age and that the juvenile had been shot. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital and taken to surgery where the juvenile succumbed to the injuries.

Identification of the victim and notification of the next of kin will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

As part of an active investigation the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Detectives will work to determine what led up to the shooting. At this time, there are no suspects in custody. We are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this murder and gathering any information that witnesses may have. If you have information, you are asked to contact Detective Michael Prince at 303-739-6127. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

Posted by ACamacho@auroragov.org  On Mar 07, 2019 at 9:36 AM
  

On July 2, 2017 at approximately 10:00 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 East 6th Avenue to check the welfare of an adult female. Upon their arrival, officers located the female deceased inside one of the motel rooms.

Since then, the Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) obtained an arrest warrant for Arturo Garcia (DOB: 07/19/1996) for the 1st Degree Murder of Alexandrea Raber (DOB: 11/21/1998) who was 18 years old at the time of her death.

On Tuesday February 26th, 2019, Garcia was apprehended in Mexico. Garcia was deported to the United States, and is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail. Extradition proceedings are underway for Garcia to be transported back to Colorado where he will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

We would like to thank our local, state and federal partners who were instrumental in the successful apprehension of Garcia.

An updated booking photo for Garcia from the Dallas County Jail can be retrieved online once it is available by clicking HERE.

No further information about this investigation or the arrest are available at this time. All further media inquiries should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



UPDATE:

The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has been actively investigating a suspicious death that occurred on July 2, 2017 at the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 East 6th Avenue. At this time investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Arturo Garcia (DOB: 07/19/96) who has an active arrest warrant 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.

There are no other updates at this time. The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified.
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Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on July 2, 2017:

On July 2, 2017 at approximately 10:00 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 E. 6th Avenue. to check on the welfare of a person at this location.  Upon arrival, Officers located a deceased adult female inside a motel room.  There are suspicious circumstances surrounding the female's death.


This is still an active and on-going investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time. Detectives and Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide responded to the scene and resumed the investigation.  The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified. 

The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Todd Fredericksen  with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6106. Tipsters can also provide information to

 Metro Denver Crime Stoppers

by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Feb 27, 2019 at 8:06 PM
  
CORRECTION:  The train conductors name was incorrectly spelled.  The correct name is Jeremiah Hartzell. 




UPDATE: The Aurora Police Department Traffic Section with the assistance of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) has completed its investigation into the cause of the R-Line Light Rail Train derailment that occurred on January 28th, 2019 at the intersection of South Sable Boulevard and East Exposition Avenue.

The Aurora Police Department presented the charges against Jeremiah Hartzel, 33 years of age, of one count of 1st Degree Assault, three counts of 2nd Degree Assault and five counts of 3rd Degree Assault for review by the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District. The District Attorney will decide the charges that will be accepted. We ask any further questions about this case be directed to the District Attorney’s Office.

The passenger transported to the hospital has requested the Aurora Police Department convey to the media their continued wishes to maintain their privacy and are not interested in any media contact.

No further information is available for release at this time.

Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095



Information from previous post

On January 28th, 2019, at 7:15 AM, an Aurora Police Officer arrived at the intersection of South Sable Blvd and East Exposition Avenue where an RTD R-Line Light Rail Train had just derailed. The train had been south on Sable Blvd and making the turn to west on Exposition Ave when it jumped the track. One person was ejected from the train and sustained a serious injury. The Aurora Police Officer quickly applied first aid until Aurora Fire Rescue arrived. That person was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition. A few other passengers on the train reported minor injuries and were also transported to a local hospital. 

The Aurora Police Traffic Unit is investigating this incident with the cooperation of RTD. Speed and weather conditions, due to the heavy snowfall, are factors being considered.

The intersection of Sable and Exposition is still closed at this time and may be for a couple more hours.

Sgt. Chris Carleton
Aurora Police Traffic Investigations

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Feb 19, 2019 at 2:03 PM
  
On December 2nd, 2018, at about 5:16 PM, an Aurora Police Officer in a marked Police Vehicle on routine patrol spotted a reported stolen vehicle from Denver in the area of East Colfax Avenue and Scranton Street.  The stolen vehicle was a gold 1998 Toyota Rav 4 going east on East Colfax Avenue.  The Officer got behind the vehicle at which point it took off continuing eastbound at a high rate of speed.  The Officer never activated his emergency lights or attempted to stop the Toyota before it sped away.

The Officer could see that the vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic.  The vehicle was about a half mile away when the Officer saw a large cloud of dust that was caused by the Toyota crashing into another car.  The Officer went to the crash scene and rendered aid to the occupants of both vehicles until Aurora Fire Rescue arrived.

The investigation revealed that the Toyota was eastbound East Colfax Avenue at a high rate of speed.  It failed to stop for the red light at the northbound I225 off-ramp.  A silver 2008 Hyundai Sonata was going north across East Colfax Avenue when it was struck by the Toyota.

The male driver and sole occupant of the Toyota was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.  Numerous charges are pending against him.  The female driver and sole occupant of the Hyundai was transported to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries.  The names of those involved are not being released at this time.

The Aurora Police Department is asking that any witnesses contact us at 303 739 6374.

Sergeant William Revelle
Aurora Police Traffic Section
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Dec 02, 2018 at 7:49 PM
  
The Aurora Police Traffic Section would like to give an update regarding the incident that occurred on November 16, 2018, in the area of South Uravan Street and East Kentucky Avenue.

Immediately after the mother tragically backed over her one year old son, she grabbed her child, placed him in the car, and called 911. The mother then began to drive to the nearest hospital all while still on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. At the direction of the 911 dispatcher, who had already started police and fire, directed the mother to pull into the parking lot of the Shell Gas Station at South Buckley Road and East Alameda Parkway. This is where she was met by officers and rescue personnel who began to administer aid to the young boy. 

This incident appears to be a heartbreaking accident. Aurora Police Detectives will continue to investigate this thoroughly and determine if criminal charges are appropriate.  

Lt. Jad Lanigan 
Aurora Traffic Section
720-675-8915
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Information Previously Released on November 16, 2018

On November 16, 2018, at 10:10 A.M., Officers from the Aurora Police Department responded to the Shell Gas Station at South Buckley Road and East Alameda Parkway on reports of parent calling in about their child being struck by their vehicle. Investigation later revealed that this incident occurred in the area of South Uravan Street and East Kentucky Avenue.


Initial investigation confirmed that a parent was backing out of their driveway when a 12-month old child was struck by their vehicle causing serious injuries. The parent then drove to the Shell Gas Station where she was met by Aurora Police Officers. Officers performed life saving measures on the child until Aurora Fire Rescue arrived and transported the child to an area hospital.


We regret to inform you that the young child passed away from the injuries.


The incident is being investigated by our Aurora Police Traffic Section with the assistance from the Crimes Against Children Unit. 


Inquiries or further information can be directed to:

Lt. Jad Lanigan 
Aurora Traffic Section 
303-739-6326
720-675-8915
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 16, 2018 at 5:27 PM
  

The Aurora Police Department is announcing an arrest in the homicide that left one person dead on October 31, 2018 near North Billings Street and East Montview Boulevard.

A 15-year-old male was arrested last night on October 31, 2018 for the charge of First Degree Murder. The male’s identity and photograph cannot be released because of his status as a juvenile.

The criminal case remains open and to protect the integrity of that investigation, no further information is available at this time. The prosecution of the case is now in the hands of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Further media inquiries should be referred to their office.

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


Information Previously Released on October 31, 2018

On October 31, 2018, at approximately 11:14 A.M., Aurora Police Department responded to the area of North Billings Street and East Montview Boulevard on a report of shots fired in the area. The reporting party was a deputy from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, who was in the area conducting an unrelated investigation. Assistance from the Aurora Police Department was immediately requested.

Officers quickly arrived and found an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers administered lifesaving measures and the adult male victim was then rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. The deceased victim will be identified at a later date by the Adams County Coroner’s Office, pending notification of next of kin.

For a short period of time, Sable Elementary was on a secure perimeter which has since been lifted. Residents in the area also received a reverse 911 call telling them to shelter in place while officers were continuing to search the area.

Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Detectives responded to the scene along with additional police resources. As part of the on-going investigation, detectives will work to determine what led up to the shooting. At this time, there are no suspects in custody. We are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this murder and gathering any information that witnesses may have. If you have information, you are asked to contact Detective Heath Graw at (303) 739-6213. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Nov 01, 2018 at 1:42 PM
  

The Aurora Police Department is releasing the identity of a male suspect who was involved in an officer-involved shooting on September 5, 2018 in the 2200 block of North Fairplay Street.  Martin Lobatos-Realzola (DOB 08/26/1971),  pictured below, remains in stable condition and in police custody at an area hospital. 

The case is in the hands of the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office and therefore the Aurora Police Department cannot comment any further on the matter.  Please refer additional media inquiries to the 17th Judicial District.

Martin Lobatos-Realzola

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



Information previously released on September 5, 2018

On September 5, 2018, at approximately 5:15 p.m., officers with the Aurora Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team were in the 2200 block of North Fairplay Street in an attempt to make contact with a wanted suspect.

The SWAT team was assisting District Detectives in locating an adult male suspect who was wanted for domestic violence related criminal charges.

SWAT officers arrived in the area and contact was made with the wanted male suspect, who was armed. One officer discharged their firearm, striking the suspect. First aid was immediately rendered to the suspect by a SWAT Medic, and he was transported to a local hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

No officers were injured during this incident. The involved officer will be placed on administrative assignment with pay, per Aurora Police Department policy.

This incident is being investigated by the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Denver Police Major Crimes Unit. We are also working with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office as we conduct a thorough investigation. The investigation into this incident is in its early stages and much work needs to be done to determine what circumstances led up to this officer-involved shooting. Officers involved in this incident were equipped with body worn cameras that were activated.

We are requesting anyone who was a witness to this incident to contact Detective Nick Huber at 303.739.6090

At the request of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, we will not be releasing any further information.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Sep 13, 2018 at 1:41 PM
  
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