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:

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-Commanding Officer
Agent Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Francisco Saucedo-Public Information Officer

To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email apdpio@auroragov.org. If you are a member of the public and you have a question, request, comment or concern, email ContactAPD@auroragov.org.

Colorado Criminal Justice Records (CCJRA) can be obtained by downloading and completing a CCJRA Request form and e-mailing it to APD-ORR@auroragov.org  If you have any questions you can call the APD Open Records Coordinator at 303.739.6267.    

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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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(October 12) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 70 that tragically left one adult deceased.

On October 11, 2021, at approximately 10:40 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to a crash on Interstate 70 near North Airport Boulevard. Officers located a Lexus sedan that had been occupied by two adults, a male and a female. Officers contacted the male driver who was injured as a result of the crash. The female passenger in the vehicle died on scene as a result of this crash. The male was transported and remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Aurora Police Traffic Investigators determined the Lexus was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 just west of North Airport Boulevard. The driver observed an object in the roadway and swerved to avoid it, causing the vehicle to lose control. The vehicle spun around 180 degrees, struck the highway cable guardrail and caught on fire. Aurora Police Traffic Investigators do not believe that the Lexus was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Drugs or alcohol also do not appear to be additional contributing factors.

The identity of the passenger will be released the Adams County Coroner's Office once a positive identification has been made and next-of-kin have been notified.

This remains an active investigation. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash, and have not yet spoke to police, to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Oct 12, 2021 at 2:43 PM
  
On September 26, 2021 at approximately 2:10p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of shots fired at 2230 North Billings Street. Upon arrival officers found that an apartment at that location had been struck by several rounds. No one inside of the apartment was injured during the incident.

At approximately 5:00p.m. Aurora Police received a report of a family disturbance at 2250 Billings Street. Prior to arrival it was learned that a 21-year-old man was inside of the residence having a mental health crisis. It was also reported that he was possibly under the influence of an known substance, had access to a firearm and was threatening to shoot people inside of the residence. It was also discovered that he was possibly the person who had shot at 2230 Billings Street earlier in the afternoon.  

Due to the dangerous nature of this call the Aurora Police SWAT Team was called to the scene. Multiple commands were given to the suspect to surrender and exit the residence, he failed to follow the commands. An Officer with the Crisis Response Team was able to make contact with a resident who had barricaded himself with another person in the basement to protect themselves from the suspect.  

At around 7:55p.m. Officers learned that the suspect was trying to force his way into the basement where the two people has been hiding from him.  Fearing for the safety of the residents hiding from the suspect the decision was made to force entry into the residence.  While inside of the residence shots were fired by an APD SWAT Officer.  No one was injured and the subject was taken into custody.

Due to the behavior and mental state of the suspect he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  Once he is released from the hospital and booked into the Aurora Detention Center his name, charges, and booking photo will be released.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 17th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this shooting incident.  The CIRT Team conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths that occur in Adams and Broomfield Counties. As part of Police Chief Vanessa Wilson's "A New Way" Plan to rebuild trust with the community, the Aurora Police Department joined the CIRT Teams for both the 17th and 18th Judicial Districts In April of this year.   

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Sep 27, 2021 at 12:02 AM
  
(September 19) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 225 that tragically left one teenager deceased, another injured.

On September 19, 2021, at approximately 08:50 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a crash on Interstate 225 near the East 6th Avenue exit. Officers located a Chevrolet Silverado that had been occupied by two young persons, a man and a woman, who are both 17-years-old. Officers attempted to perform lifesaving measures on the person whom we believe is the driver before he was transported to the hospital. This man was tragically pronounced deceased a short time later. The woman remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Aurora Police Traffic Investigators believe the Silverado was traveling northbound on Interstate 225 just north of East 6th Avenue. The driver lost control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to roll-over at least once, resulting in both occupants being ejected. Aurora Police Traffic Investigators also believe that the Silverado was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were additional contributing factors. 

The identity of the driver is not being released at this time. The Arapahoe County Coroner will release the name once a positive identification has been made and next-of-kin have been notified.

This remains an active investigation. We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash, and have not yet spoke to police, to call the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipster can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Sep 20, 2021 at 12:51 PM
  
(September 19) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating a fatal crash that claimed the lives of two adults early this morning in northeast Aurora.

On September 19, 2021, at approximately 12:35 a.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a crash near the intersection of East 38th Avenue and North Windsor Drive. Upon arrival, officers found two occupants inside of a Chevrolet Malibu. Those two individuals, only being identified as adults, were pronounced deceased on scene. Additionally, a Chevrolet Cruz was also located, and that driver was transported to the hospital with injuries sustained in the crash.

Aurora Police Traffic Investigators believe the Chevrolet Cruz was traveling eastbound on East 38th Avenue. The Chevrolet Malibu was making a left-hand turn from North Windsor Drive to go westbound on East 38th Avenue. The Cruz then collided with the Malibu.

Aurora Police Traffic Investigators believe that the Cruz was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the collision. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were also contributing factors. This remains an active investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

The identity of the driver and passenger of the Malibu are not being released at this time. The Adams County Coroner's Office will release their names once positive identifications has been made and their next-of-kin have been notified.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has dash-camera footage of the crash, and have not yet spoke to police, are asked to call the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Sep 19, 2021 at 3:31 PM
  
(September 5) A male is in custody after killing his girlfriend at the City Center Station Apartments.

On September 5, 2021, at 7:58 a.m., the Aurora Police Department was called to the 1100blk of South Carson Court on reports of an injured person. Officers arrived and located a 20-year-old woman suffering from apparent physical trauma. The woman was tragically pronounced deceased on scene. A man was also located in the apartment and was immediately detained.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to conduct the investigation. After obtaining statements and collecting evidence, detectives arrested the man, who is identified as Dakota Chinnock (04/06/2001), and charged him with First Degree Murder. The identity of the woman will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner after she is positively identified and her next-of-kin has been notified.

A motive behind this brutal attack is not yet known. Detectives will continue their investigation and are asking anyone who has information about this incident, who have not yet spoken to police, to please reach out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

CHINNOCK, DAKOTA
Posted by mwellslo@auroragov.org  On Sep 05, 2021 at 8:29 PM
  
(August 25) On Wednesday, August 25th, at 7:52 p.m., Aurora 911 received multiple calls reporting a shooting in the 800 block of South Buckley Road.

Upon officer’s arrival to the area they discovered an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds outside of 830 South Buckley Road. Tragically he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The name of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after a positive identification and notification to next-of-kin have been made.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating this incident as a homicide. At this time, investigators are conducting interviews and collecting evidence to help identify a suspect, and to determine the facts and circumstances that led to this fatal shooting.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about this homicide is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 25, 2021 at 10:27 PM
  

(August 21) On Saturday August 21, 2021 at 4:24 a.m., officers responded to a crash involving two vehicles in the intersection of East Alameda Parkway and South Airport Boulevard.

Upon arrival to the scene officers discovered a white Toyota Prius had been broadsided by a burgundy GMC Yukon. The driver of the Prius, a 25-year-old male and Aurora resident, tragically died on-scene.  The driver of the Yukon, a 24-year-old male from Florida, was transported to an area hospital with injuries where he remains at this time.

 The initial investigation suggests the Yukon was traveling westbound on East Alameda Parkway at a high rate of speed as the Prius was traveling eastbound on East Alameda Parkway, both approaching the intersection at South Airport Boulevard. As the Prius was making a northbound turn onto South Airport Boulevard, the speeding Yukon broadsided the Prius.

 Alcohol and speed, by the driver of the Yukon, are believed to be contributing factors leading to the fatal crash. The driver of the Yukon, who is still hospitalized, will be charged with Vehicular Homicide upon release from the hospital. Once he is charged his identity will be released.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next-of-kin have been notified. 

 Anyone who may have witnessed this fatal crash or otherwise have any information related to it, are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. Your tips there can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 21, 2021 at 5:28 PM
  
(August 19) On Thursday, August 19, 2021 at approximately 6:47 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to multiple callers reporting a shooting at 14704 East 2nd Avenue.

Upon officer’s arrival they discovered an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

The name of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after a positive identification and notification to next-of-kin have been made.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating this incident as a homicide. At this early time in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to the shooting, to include suspect information, are still being determined.
Anyone who witnessed this shooting or has information about this homicide is asked to contact contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 19, 2021 at 9:31 PM
  
UPDATE:  Child has been located

On August 7, 2021 at approximately 12:43p.m. Cristhian Aaron Navarro-Bueso returned to his residence on Cimarron Circle.  The child was unharmed.  

The investigation into his disappearance is on-going; however it is still believed that he ran way from home. Since he is a juvenile and for privacy reasons his pictures have been removed from the original new release.  

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



Information previously released on August 7, 2021:


(August 7, 2021) The Aurora Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing 10-year-old boy who ran away from home yesterday afternoon and has not been seen since.

Cristhian Aaron Navarro-Bueso (who goes by Aaron) stands 4'8" tall and weighs 80 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was wearing a grey t-shirt, blue swim trunks and black sandals. Aaron only speaks Spanish. He was last seen in the 1000 block of North Cimarron Circle in the Chambers Heights Neighborhood at around 5:00p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021.

Investigators from the Crimes Against Childrens Unit have been called in to investigate this case. The Aurora Police Emergency Response Team (ERT) has been activiated and is actively seaching the area.  Drones have also been deployed and are conducting an aerial search. 

At this time foul play is not suspected; however Aurora Police are concerned for his welfare due to the length of time he has been missing.  Anyone who sees Aaron or has information about his whereabouts are asked to call 303.627.3100.

Follow us on Twitter at @AuroraPD  and #FindAaron for real time updates.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Aug 07, 2021 at 1:07 PM
  

(August 3) On Saturday July 31, 2021 at 12:23 a.m., Aurora police officers responded to 15423 East 13th Avenue apartment 205 where a female resident was reporting she shot a male intruder.

The initial investigation suggested the female resident was reporting a man, whom she previously had an intimate relationship with, forced his way into her apartment, assaulted another adult male occupant, and she made the decision to shoot the alleged assailant. At that point in the investigation the female was detained and then released pending further investigation.

The female resident caller is being identified as Emily Janis Strunk DOB: 09/04/1995. The adult male occupant whom was allegedly assaulted is being identified as Kevin Lee Wertin DOB: 11/16/1993. The adult male shot remains in critical condition from the gunshot wound, and his identity is not being released at this time.

New information developed in this investigation has led to the arrest of both Strunk and Wertin in Aurora on August 2, 2021 for the following Colorado Revised Statute:

18-3-102 Murder in the First Degree (Attempt)

This incident continues to be investigated by the Major Crimes Homicide Unit. Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has information about is asked to 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.
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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Aug 03, 2021 at 12:09 PM
  
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