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 Public Affairs Unit.

Public Affairs Unit Staff:

Sergeant Faith Goodrich - Unit Supervisor
Agent Matthew Longshore - Public Information Officer
Joe Moylan - Public Information Officer 

To reach a member of the Public Affairs Unit call 720.432.5095 or email [email protected]. If you are a member of the public and you have a question, general request, comment or concern, please email [email protected].

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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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(November 12) A 20 y/o woman died following a single vehicle crash near South Tower Road and East Girard Avenue.

On November 12, 2022 at 00:45 a.m. Aurora 911 began receiving calls about a crash at the intersection of South Tower Road and East Girard Avenue. Officers responded to the scene and found a gray Dodge Charger near the northwest corner. The adult male driver and adult female passenger were both transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Sadly, the woman did not survive and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Her identification will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after next of kin has been notified.

The initial investigation determined the Charger was traveling south on South Tower Road. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed in the intersection of East Girard Avenue. Speed is believed to be a factor.

The Aurora Police Department Traffic Investigation responded to the scene and closed the intersection for several hours so they could collect evidence, photograph the scene, and take necessary measurements. The investigation is ongoing and will determine if any other factors contributed to the crash. If you witnessed the crash or have any information, and you have not already spoken to investigators, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

This is the 43rd traffic related fatality of 2022.

Sergeant Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 12, 2022 at 8:27 AM
  
(Nov. 11) A man has died after being struck by a driver who then fled the scene on East Hampden Avenue.

The crash occurred about 10:50 p.m. last night, November 10, near the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and South Dawson Street in District 3. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit responded, and officers learned the man was lying in the left lane of eastbound Hampden Avenue when he was struck by a black SUV. The driver did not stop after the crash and the man was pronounced deceased on scene.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and notification of next of kin.

If you have any information about this unknown black SUV, or the driver, please contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. Tipsters can anonymously report any information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and doing so allows them to be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

This is the 42nd traffic-related fatality for 2022.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 11, 2022 at 12:08 PM
  
(October 30) A 12-year-old girl has died, numerous others seriously injured, following a crash at the intersection of South Buckley Road and East Kent Drive.

On October 29, 2022 at 07:16 p.m., officers were called to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Buckley road and East Kent Drive. Once first responders arrived on scene, they located a total of twelve people that were injured as a result of this crash. The ages of the injured ranged from 6-months-old to 31-years-old. Eleven were transported to various hospitals, and a 12-year-old girl was pronounced deceased on scene.

Initial investigation found that a Dodge Journey, being driven by a 15-year-old, and which was reported stolen earlier in the afternoon, was traveling northbound on South Buckley Road at a high rate of speed. A Toyota Tacoma, turning left onto East Kent Drive from southbound South Buckley Road, was struck on the passenger side of the vehicle. There were four people in the Tacoma: a 31-year-old man, 29-year-old woman, 3-year-old girl and 6-month-old girl. All four were transported to the hospital, the two adults with life-threatening injuries. There were eight juveniles in the Dodge Journey: 16-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl, three 15-year-old boys, a 14-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl, and a 12-year-old girl. Seven of them were transported to the hospital with various injuries, some life-threatening, and the 12-year-old was pronounced deceased.

The 15-year-old driver is currently in custody for an outstanding warrant. Additional charges relating to this crash are pending. The intersection was closed for a few hours so Traffic Investigators could collect evidence, photographs, and measurements. This investigation is ongoing, but it is believed that the driver was impaired and a contributing factor.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the deceased girl.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash and have not yet spoken to investigators. Tipsters can anonymously report any information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and could be eligible for up to $2,000 reward.

This is the 40th traffic-related fatality for 2022.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 30, 2022 at 10:03 AM
  
(October 27) A 57-year-old has died following a crash earlier this month near the intersection South Waco Street and East Girard Avenue.

On October 12, 2022 at 09:23 a.m., officers were called to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Waco Street and East Girard Avenue. The 57-year-old man driving the vehicle was found suffering life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital. Sadly, he did not survive and was pronounced deceased days later.

Initial investigation found that a Dodge Durango was traveling southbound on South Waco Street when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. It was believed that the 57-year-old driver had suffered a medical episode prior to the crash. No other vehicles were involved.

The identification of the deceased would be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

Please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section if you witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash and have not yet spoken to investigators. Tipsters can anonymously report any information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and could be eligible for up to $2,000 reward.

This is the 38th traffic-related fatality for 2022.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 30, 2022 at 9:56 AM
  
(October 28)  An Iowa man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of killing a woman in a parking lot off South Parker Road.

John Thoren, 42, has been booked into the Aurora Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder stemming from an altercation that occurred in a parking lot early Friday morning.

Aurora police officers initially responded at 2:25 a.m. to a report of a shooting in the back parking lot of 6360 South Parker Road. When officers arrived, they learned the shooting stemmed from an altercation between a man and a woman, who were strangers to each other. Officers and EMS responders provided lifesaving measures, but the victim, a 46-year-old, was pronounced deceased.

The shooter, John Thoren, called 911 and cooperated with the officers on scene. He was then transported to Police Headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives from the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit. Following these interviews, Thoren was arrested and booked into jail.

This case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Any further details about this incident should be directed to their office.

If you have any information about this shooting, and did not speak to detectives on scene, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

John Thoren
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 28, 2022 at 1:41 PM
  
(October 26)  Two Aurora men have been arrested in connection with the fatal hit and run crash that killed a man and his two dogs in August.

Stephen Carter, 22, and Cullin Barnes, 45, were both arrested on suspicion of Attempting to Influence a Public Servant. These charges relate to both men making false statements to investigators during the fatal hit and run investigation.

Investigators have been continuously working to positively identify those involved in this tragic crash that killed a man and his two dogs in the early morning hours on August 5, 2022. Investigators determined that Cullin, the vehicle's owner, was inside of the vehicle at the time of the crash but denies being the driver. Detectives are still waiting for other forensic evidence to determine who was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

In coordination with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and the Aurora Reward Fund, the reward for information is still at $10,000. We are asking anyone with information about this crash to please come forward with details. You can remain anonymous by using Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and still be eligible for the reward.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Cullin Barnes
Cullin Barnes (courtesy of Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)

Stephen Warren
Stephen Carter


Information previously released

(August 9) The Aurora Police Traffic Section, in coordination with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and the Aurora Reward Fund, in announcing a reward increase for information leading to the arrest of the driver involved in this fatal hit and run crash. The reward for information is now $10,000.

We are urging anyone with information about this incident, or the driver, to immediately reach out to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720.913.7867 or submitting an online tip. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for the reward. 

We are also asking our community, that lives in the area of South Reservoir Road and East Mansfield, to review any exterior camera footage that they might have on August 5 between the hours of 2:20 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. If you have any individuals that are seen walking by your location, and was captured on camera, please notify Aurora Police Traffic Sergeant Carlton by calling 303.739.6243. You can also submit this evidence anonymously by using the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers website. Even the smallest detail may be able to assist investigators with identifying and locating the suspect. 

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released

(August 5) The suspect is on the run after hitting and killing a pedestrian and two dogs on South Reservoir Road.

On August 5, 2022 at about 2:30 a.m., Aurora911 received reports of a single vehicle crash near the intersection of South Reservoir Road and East Mansfield Avenue. Aurora Fire Rescue and Aurora Police responded and discovered a man and two dogs lying in the grass nearby, as well as a crashed vehicle in the center of South Reservoir Road. A 41-year-old man was pronounced deceased on scene and both dogs were also killed.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a Toyota Sequoia was traveling southbound on South Reservoir Road, just south of East Mansfield Avenue. The Toyota left the roadway, striking the pedestrian and two dogs on the sidewalk on the west side of Reservoir, killing all three of them. A bus stop, numerous signs and an electrical box were also struck in this crash. The Sequoia came to rest after driving over the center median. The driver of the Sequoia, an unknown man, left the scene on foot, leaving the vehicle behind, prior to officers’ arrival.

Southbound Reservoir was closed for multiple hours so the Traffic Investigators could collect evidence, photograph the scene, and take necessary measurements. This investigation is ongoing and will determine the speed of the vehicle prior to the crash, as well as any other contributing factors.

The identification of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once next of kin has been notified and they have been positively identified.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, witnessed this crash or have dash-camera footage of the crash, and have not yet spoken to investigators, please contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up-to $2,000.

This is the 26th traffic related fatality of 2022.

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 26, 2022 at 3:43 PM
  
(October 26)  An Aurora woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing another woman earlier this week in the Mission Viejo neighborhood.

Tamara Minh Le, 31, faces one charge of first-degree murder stemming from Sunday’s fatal shooting in the 4100 block of South Mobile Circle in Aurora. Le is being held without bond in the Arapahoe County Detention Center pending her first appearance in court. 

Le and her vehicle were identified earlier this week by the Aurora Police Department’s Major Crimes Homicide Unit. She was arrested Tuesday morning without incident by members of the fugitive and SWAT teams.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release the identity of the deceased victim once she is positively identified and next of kin has been notified.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing. We are asking anyone with any information about this case to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Tamara Le booking photo


Information previously released - additionally, the age of the woman was incorrectly published initially. She was believed to be 47-years-old but was actually 39-years-old after confirming her identity.

(October 23)  A woman dies after being shot in the Mission Viejo neighborhood. Investigators with the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit are actively looking for the suspect.

On October 23, 2022, at about 2:08 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a shooting in the 4100 block of South Mobile Circle. Officers found a 39-year-old woman inside the home who was shot. She was transported to the hospital where sadly she later died from her injuries.

Investigators from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) responded to the scene and worked with officers to locate evidence and interview witnesses. Investigators will use any information they gather from witnesses and evidence, as well as any cameras in the area, to positively identify anyone involved in this homicide. Currently, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release the identity of the deceased victim once she is positively identified and next of kin has been notified.

If you have any information about this shooting, and did not speak to detectives on scene, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and still may remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 26, 2022 at 1:42 PM
  
(September 25) On September 25, 2022 at about 1:35 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of 2295 South Chambers Road. Officers found two men, a 44-year-old and a 52-year-old, both whom had been shot multiple times. They were both transported to the hospital where sadly the 44-year-old died from his injuries a short time later. The 52-year-old man remains hospitalized with serious injuries. At least three vehicles and one business sustained damage from gunfire as well.

Investigators from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) responded to the scene and worked with officers to locate evidence and interview witnesses. The Aurora Police Crime Scene Unit processed the scene and located several shell casings. Investigators will use any information they gather from witnesses and evidence, as well as any cameras in the area, to positively identify anyone involved in this homicide. Currently, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release the identity of the deceased victim once he is positively identified and next of kin has been notified.

If you have any information about this shooting, and did not speak to detectives on scene, you are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 25, 2022 at 9:38 AM
  
The Aurora Police Department has arrested Jonathan Edward Abraham for committing several acts of vandalism throughout the city of Aurora this past week.

From August 14 through August 22, 2022, Abraham committed 15 acts of vandalism by graffitiing several area businesses. Some of the graffiti had racially biased messaging. Through the course of their investigation Detectives from the Intelligence Unit and Gang and Robbery Investigations Team were also able to connect him to 4 aggravated robberies that occurred in Aurora during the Month of April. A tip from a community member lead detectives to Abraham.

Abraham was arrested this afternoon by the Aurora Police Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team, Narcotics Unit and SWAT Team as he was leaving his residence.

He was booked into the Aurora Detention Center and is currently being held on a $50,000 bond for the following charges:

Aggravated Robbery
Criminal Mischief
Bias-Motivated Crime-Property Damage

Mugshot
Booking Photo: Johnathan Edward Abraham

List of Damaged Businesses:

Wells Fargo-1300 South Havana Street
Target-1400 South Havana Street
Starbucks-1402 South Havana Street
Bank of the West-1389 South Havana Street
Safeway-18730 East Hampden Avenue
Taco Bell-3554 South Tower Road
Meineke-18771 East Hampton Avenue
1st Bank-18600 East Hampden Avenue
Kohls-18307 East Hampden Avenue
US Bank-18101 East Hampden Avenue
Dairy Queen-18121 East Hampden Avenue
Summer Valley Liquors-16981 East Quincy Avenue
VASA Fitness-16921 East Quincy Avenue
Lowes-4455 South Buckley Road
Canvas Credit Union-16900 East Quincy Road

List of Robbery Locations:

Subway-4343 South Buckley Road
KFC-16901 East Quincy Avenue
Taco Bell-3554 South Tower Road
Taste of Philly-18121 East Hampden Avenue

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Public Affairs Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 06, 2022 at 3:08 PM
  
The Aurora Police Department will be conducting Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, May 28, 2022 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 South Chambers Road.

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 (CDOT).

Officer Elizabeth McGregor
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On May 28, 2022 at 3:38 PM
  
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