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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:

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-Commanding Officer
Agent Faith Goodrich-Public Information Officer
Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-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, DUI Enforcement) call 720.675.8915.

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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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Aurora Police are investigating a shooting in Southeast Aurora that has left one man dead and another critically injured.

At 1:04 a.m. this morning the Aurora Police Public Safety Communications Center received several reports of shots fired in the area of 15200 East Girard Avenue. Upon arrival officers discovered a deceased male subject who had been shot in the rear parking lot of the Hancock Office Park. A short time later officers received a second report that another subject who had been shot was in the front yard of a residence in the 3300 block of South Granby Street. That male was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Investigators believe that the two victims are connected to one shooting incident that occurred at the office park.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time it will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and his next of kin have been notified. 

The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Randy Hansen at 303.739.6710.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 12, 2017 at 8:18 AM
  
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Aurora Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to one of three disposal sites in Aurora.

Central Aurora: The Medical Center of Aurora, 1501 S. Potomac St.
Northeast Aurora: Pickens Technical College, 500 Airport Blvd.
Southeast Aurora: Saddle Rock Emergency Room, 22500 E. Dry Creek Rd.

(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Apr 21, 2017 at 9:24 AM
  
Aurora Police Investigators are still seeking information related to the homicide that occurred on Saturday June 18, 2016 at approximately 9:44 p.m. at the Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary located at 19005 East Quincy Avenue.

Denver Metro Crime Stoppers has received another generous reward increase bringing the total reward to $50,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6067. Tipsters also can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous and be eligible for the reward.

Travis

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer Travis Mason
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095


Previously released on July 18, 2016:

Aurora Police investigators are still seeking information related to the homicide that occurred on Saturday June 18, 2016 at approximately 9:44 p.m. at the Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary located at 19005 East Quincy Avenue.

Denver Metro Crime Stoppers is offering an additional reward of $10,000 in addition to the $2,000 they previously offered. Anyone with information is asked to contact Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6067. Tipsters also can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous and be eligible for the reward.

The total amount of the rewards being offered is $22,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095


 
Previously released on June 27, 2016:

Aurora Police investigators are releasing images from surveillance systems showing two persons of interest described as:

Person of Interest one:

Dark colored full zip hooded sweatshirt
Red white horizontal stripe shirt
Blue jeans
Gray shoes with white stripes and blue shoelaces

Person of interest two:
Black hooded sweatshirt
Blue jeans 
Maroon converse or similar 

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6067 or tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.


Suspect1
Suspect 2

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Desk: (303) 739-6038
On-Call PIO: (720) 432-5095



Previously released on June 20, 2016:

On Saturday June 18, 2016 at approximately 9:44 p.m. officers responded to Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary located at 19005 East Quincy Avenue in reference to a robbery that left one man dead.

The Major Crime/Homicide Unit is looking to identify two black males that were armed with handguns in connection to the homicide. At this time we are not releasing any additional information as investigators are thoroughly reviewing all available evidence.

We are asking anyone who might have witnessed or have information about the homicide call Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6067. 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.

Additionally, the Aurora Police Department Reward fund is offering an additional reward of $5,000.00, which includes $3,000.00 that was donated by Euflora – a neighboring dispensary.

The total amount of rewards being offered is $12,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for this crime.


Previous News Release from June 19, 2016:

The Aurora Police Department is investigating a robbery in Southeast Aurora that left one adult male deceased.

On Saturday June 18, 2016, at approximately 9:44 p.m. officers were dispatched to 19005 East Quincy Avenue, Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary, on report of a robbery with shots fired. When they arrived on scene they located a security guard inside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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

Detectives and Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The preliminary investigation reveals that the suspects are two black males armed with handguns.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6067 or tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
(720) 432-5095





 

Posted by Guest  On Oct 25, 2016 at 7:21 PM
  
Aurora Police Investigators are still seeking information related to the homicide that occurred on Saturday June 18, 2016 at approximately 9:44 p.m. at the Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary located at 19005 East Quincy Avenue.

Denver Metro Crime Stoppers has received another generous reward increase bringing the total reward to $50,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6067. Tipsters also can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers you can remain anonymous and be eligible for the reward.
Travis Mason
Officer Crystal McCoy
Aurora Police Department
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Oct 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM
  
On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Aurora Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to one of three collection sites in Aurora. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Aurora collection locations:

The Medical Center of Aurora, South Campus
1501 South Potomac Street (North parking lot)

Pickens Technical College
500 Airport Blvd

The Medical Center of Aurora, Saddle Rock Emergency Room
22500 E. Dry Creek Road

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095


Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Oct 14, 2016 at 9:30 AM
  
On September 5, 2016, at approximately 11:05 pm, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to South Parker Road and East Temple Drive on the report of an auto/motorcycle crash. The on-scene investigation shows a motorcycle, with two occupants, was northbound on South Parker Road. A gold minivan was southbound on South Parker Road attempting to make a left turn onto East Temple Drive. The minivan turned left in front of the motorcycle. Both occupants were ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. They were transported to a local hospital, but unfortunately both were pronounced dead a short time later. The driver, and one passenger, of the minivan were not injured in the crash. The driver of the minivan remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit handling the investigation.

Motorcycle involved in fatal crash

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section


Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 3:35 AM
  
On 8-31-16, at approximately 2015, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to E. Quincy Ave. and S. Genoa St. on the report of a motorcycle crash. An Aurora PD Officer was first on scene and discovered a motorcycle fully involved in fire, and an adult male unconscious in the street who was not breathing. The APD Officer performed CPR on the male until rescue arrived. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The preliminary investigation shows the male was westbound on E. Quincy Ave. traveling at a high rate of speed, and from several witness statements the motorcycle did not have a front headlight on. A car pulled out from S. Genoa St. attempting to make a left turn when the car was struck by the motorcycle. The driver of the car remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is conducting the investigation. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time.

Sgt. Craig Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Unit
Posted by Guest  On Sep 01, 2016 at 12:10 AM
  
UPDATE: Our investigation of this fatal auto/pedestrian crash has revealed the following: Dalton M. McCreary, 22, and Jordan Mulumulu 18​ 24, both from Aurora, were walking northbound on S. Chambers Road, crossing E. Iliff Ave. in the east crosswalk. Both were crossing on a green traffic signal/walk signal when a black in color 1998 Toyota 4Runner, driven by Christopher O’Neil Tarr, 41, of Aurora, was eastbound on E. Iliff Ave. at a high rate of speed. Tarr ignored the red signal light and lost control of his vehicle. The Toyota struck Dalton in the crosswalk, flipped over onto its roof, went down a landscaped embankment on the northeast corner, and into the Walgreen’s parking lot where it rolled back upright onto its tires. Tarr attempted to flee the scene northbound through the parking lot in the Toyota and several witnesses gave chase. The Toyota was forced to stop due to its damage from the collision prior to leaving the parking lot. McCreary was transported to a local hospital and died shortly thereafter due to his injuries. Mulumulu later stated to investigators, just prior to the Toyota coming at them McCreary yelled at him to “look out” and pushed him out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, saving his life.

Tarr and the front seat passenger, Robert Taylor, 54, of Aurora, were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. Tarr was later arrested and held on a $50,000 bond for Vehicular Homicide at the Arapahoe County Jail. Tarr has posted bond and was released pending charges on 08/24/16.

T
he Photo Red Light system installed at this intersection captured this horrific crash with video and photos, all of which have been turned over to the DA’s office as evidence for prosecution.

We have filed the following charges with the District Attorney’s office:

Vehicular Homicide
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Drugs, or both

Any additional media inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to the 18th Judicial District PIO.

Christopher Tarr
Mugshot of Christopher Oneil Tarr, Date of Birth: 10/7/1975

Lieutenant Michael McClelland
Traffic Section Commander
303.739.6326


Information previously released on August 22, 2016:


On August 22, 2016, at about 12:10 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to an automobile versus pedestrian accident at East Iliff Avenue and South Chambers Road. A 1998 Toyota 4Runner was eastbound on East Iliff Avenue at a high rate of speed. The 4Runner tried to turn north onto South Chambers Road but lost control in the turn and started to slide. A group of pedestrians was walking northbound in the east cross walk. One of the pedestrians was struck as the 4Runner slid eastbound through the crosswalk. The 4Runner then went up onto the north sidewalk and rolled over and into a parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection. The 4Runner landed on its wheels and tried to leave but the engine died before it could get out of the lot.

The pedestrian that was struck was transported to a local hospital and later succumbed to their injuries. None of the other pedestrians were hit. The driver and a passenger in the 4Runner were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

Speed and alcohol are considered factors in this accident. None of the identities of any of the involved parties are being released at this time.

The Aurora Police Department reminds drivers not to drive if they have been drinking.

Sergeant William Revelle
Traffic Section
303.739.6374
Posted by Guest  On Aug 25, 2016 at 4:52 PM
  
Aurora, CO.- July 24, 2016, 10:45 p.m. - Aurora P.D. patrol and Traffic officers responded to the area of S. Chambers Road and Crestline Ave. on a report of a single vehicle crash.  Upon arrival the investigation revealed a black in color Ford Explorer was northbound on S. Chambers Road from S. Parker Road, and according to witnesses, traveling at a high rate of speed.  When attempting to make it around a curve the vehicle lost control, struck the curb line, and then struck several signal light poles, causing it to roll.  Both occupants, a 31 yo. male, and a 28 yo. female were ejected from the vehicle.  Both were taken to local hospitals for treatment and the female later died from her injuries while in surgery.  It is unknown at this time which occupant was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.  The male is currently in stable condition. 

The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this crash under report # 2016-29430.  We are not releasing names at this time.  We believe alcohol intoxication, speeding, and not wearing seatbelts were all contributing factors in this crash.  This is the 11th traffic related fatality this year for the City of Aurora.    

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland
Aurora Police Department Traffic Section
Traffic Section Commander

Posted by Guest  On Jul 26, 2016 at 9:25 PM
  
At about 8:36 AM, personnel with the Aurora Police department responded to S. Gartrell Rd., near the on ramp to westbound E-470 tollway, on a report of an auto vs. motorcycle crash.

Initial investigation indicates that an adult female was riding a motorcycle alone, southbound on S. Gartrell Rd. Additionally an adult female was driving an SUV alone, northbound on S. Gartrell Rd., and this motorist turned left, to the westbound E-470 on ramp, in the path of travel of the motorcyclist, causing a collision.

The motorcyclist was severely injured and was transported to a local hospital. Although she was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, she succumbed to her injuries.

The motorist in the SUV was uninjured, and remained at the scene, she is cooperating with investigators.

At this time, no alcohol or drug impairment is suspected. In addition, speed does not appear to be a factor.

The Aurora Police Traffic Section has taken over the investigation, and upon conclusion will recommend possible traffic and / or criminal charges if appropriate.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

All motorists are reminded, especially during warm weather months, to be extra mindful of motorcycles’ traveling the roadway.

Sergeant Mark Elliot
Traffic Section
303.739.6202


Posted by Guest  On Jul 07, 2016 at 1:49 PM
  
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