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:

Acting Lieutenant Faith Goodrich-Commanding Officer
Agent Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Elizabeth McGregor-Public Information Officer


To reach a member of the Media Relations Unit call 720.432.5095 or email [email protected]. If you are a member of the public and you have a question, request, comment or concern, 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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(October 1) The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating after young man dies from crash involving sedan while riding his dirt bike.

On October 1, 2021, at approximately 08:25 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to a crash on Havana Street near East 6th Avenue. Officers located a non-street-legal dirt bike and a Cadillac sedan that were involved. The operator of the dirt bike, a 17-year-old male, was transported to the hospital where he was tragically pronounced deceased a short time later. The driver of the sedan did not require medical attention.

Initial information gathered by Aurora Police Traffic Investigators is that the sedan was making a left-hand turn from northbound Havana Street to go westbound on Hanover Way. The dirt bike was traveling southbound on Havana Street at a high rate of speed and disregarded the red light at East 6th Avenue. After going through the East 6th Avenue intersection, the dirt bike collided with the side of the sedan while it was turning. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors for the driver of the sedan.

The identity of the young man 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 [email protected]  On Oct 02, 2021 at 11:18 AM
  
On September 28, 2021 at approximately 1:49a.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 1200 Block of North Worchester Street in the Hoffman Heights Neighborhood.

Initial investigation reveals that an unknown vehicle pulled up in front of a residence on that block and fired multiple rounds at it.  A 47-year-old woman who was inside of the home was struck. The suspect vehicle fled the area after the shooting. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries. At this time there is no information available regarding the description of the suspect(s) or the involved vehicle.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time. It will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once she has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified about her death.

Investigators from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit are conducting the investigation into this shooting death.  They are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 28, 2021 at 5:53 AM
  
(September 25) The Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation after two adult males died in an apartment complex in northwest Aurora.

On September 25, 2021, at approximately 3:40 p.m., the Aurora Police Department responded to 1575 North Galena Street on reports of a shooting. Officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. Simultaneously, officers also located an adult male who was also seriously injured, possibly from being stabbed. The male who sustained the gunshot wound was transported to a local hospital where he has since been pronounced deceased. The male other male was pronounced deceased on scene.

Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be responsible for this investigation. Initial information obtained is that both males were involved in a fight and both assaulted one another. A handgun and a knife were both located on scene. Detectives do not believe that there are any outstanding suspects. 

The identities of the deceased, as well as causes of death, will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office after both of them have been positively identified and their next-of-kin notified.

Detectives will continue interviewing witnesses but are asking anyone that may have observed this incident, and have not yet spoken to police, to please reach out to the Aurora Police Major Crimes Homicide Unit or the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867, where tipsters can remain anonymous.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Sep 25, 2021 at 9:35 PM
  
(August 26) On August 26, 2021 at 06:00 a.m., Aurora Police officers responded to the area of East Colfax Avenue and North Emporia Street, on a report of an assault.

Upon officer’s arrival to the area they discovered a female laying on the ground with serious injuries. The female was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Tragically, she later died as a result of her injuries. There is no threat to the public related to this incident.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office after she has been positively identified, and next of kin have been notified.

The Aurora Police Department Major Crimes Homicide Unit is investigating this incident as a suspicious death. At this early time in the investigation, the facts and circumstances that led up to the death, to include suspect information, are still being determined.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information 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 Francisco Saucedo
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 26, 2021 at 3:37 PM
  

UPDATE: Francine Martinez Terminated from the Aurora Police Department

The Aurora Police Department Internal Affairs (IA) investigation and review processes involving Francine Martinez have concluded.

Upon review of the IA findings, Chief Wilson has made her final determination the following department directives were violated:

5.9.1      Duty to Intervene and Report Intervention

 

14.2.15  Unsatisfactory Performance           

 

14.1.5    Conformance to Law             

As a result of the above determination, this afternoon Francine Martinez was terminated by Chief Wilson. This termination officially ends her employment as a Police Officer with the Aurora Police Department and City of Aurora.

At this time, no additional information or documentation will be provided due to the ongoing criminal proceedings involving Mr. Haubert and Ms. Martinez by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Officer Crystal  McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095




UPDATE: John Haubert Resigns from the Aurora Police Department


This afternoon John Haubert submitted his letter of resignation to Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson. This officially ends his employment as a Police Officer with the Aurora Police Department and City of Aurora.

Even though Mr. Haubert has resigned, the Internal Affairs investigation (IA) into his alleged misconduct and the investigation into the force used on Mr. Vinson will continue.  After the completion of the IA investigation the case will go through the required review processes and Chief Wilson will then make her final decision on if he violated department directives and what discipline Mr. Haubert would have received if he had not resigned today.

Once that decision has been made it will be released to the public.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on July 27,2021:


Today, July 27, 2021, Chief Vanessa Wilson held a press conference to discuss the recent arrests of two Aurora Police officers.

Links to the body-worn cameras, as well as the entire press conference, can be found here:
Body-Worn Cameras
Press Conference

This investigation remains open and active. Additionally, Chief Wilson has ordered an expedited Internal Affairs Investigation to begin with the hope of having that completed soon. 

Any questions regarding the prosecution of this incident can be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

No further updates are expected.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released


This afternoon an arrest warrant was issued for two Aurora Police Officers.  This was after a criminal investigation was conducted by the APD Major Crimes/Homicide Unit into the force that they used while making an arrest during a Trespassing call in the 3100 block of South Parker Road on Friday, July 23 2021.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Officer John Haubert for the following charges:
  • Attempted First Degree Assault
  • Second Degree Assault 
  • Felony Menacing
  • Official Oppression
  • 1st Degree Official Misconduct
An arrest warrant was also issued for Officer Francine Martinez for the following charges:
  • Duty to Intervene
  • Duty to Report Use of Force by Peace Officer
Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson will be holding a press conference tomorrow afternoon at 1:00p.m. at the Aurora Police Headquarters. More details, including body worn camera footage, of the incident will be released at that time.  Since the news conference is going to be held in a secure facility members of the media are asked to RSVP with the Media Relations Unit.

The press conference will be live streamed on the Aurora Police YouTube Channel.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer 
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 12, 2021 at 4:31 PM
  
(August 8, 2021) On Friday, August 6, 2021 at 2:36p.m. officers responded to the Aurora Police District 1 Station located at 13347 East Montview Boulevard after a man called to report that he had killed a woman.

Upon arrival officers contacted Jesus Mendoz-Prudente and discovered that the homicide he was reporting had taken place earlier in the morning inside of an apartment at 1530 Beeler Street.  However, they were not able to obtain where the body of the female victim was located.  

After following up on investigative leads, investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit, with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office located the 34-year-old victim In the area of Noe Road and HIghway 105 in Douglas County on Saturday, August 7th.

Mendoza-Prudente was arrested for First Degree Murder and is currently being held at the Aurora Detention Center.  The identity of the victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once she has been positively identifed and her next of kin have been notified.

Mug Shot of Suspect
Jesus Mendoza-Prudente (06/27/94)

Lieutenant Chris Amsler-PIO
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Aug 08, 2021 at 10:03 AM
  
(July 20) On Tuesday July 20th, 2021 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to a domestic violence incident in the 2300 block of South Xanadu Way. The caller advised that a male was armed with a gun and a shot had already been fired in the house.

Upon officers’ arrival, they were confronted with an adult male who was armed with a gun. Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by giving numerous commands for the male to drop the gun, but he never did. A shot was fired by the male and officers returned fire, striking the male. Medical assistance was immediately called, and the male was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive. The victim of the initial domestic violence call was located, unharmed, and is being given support and resources by our Victim Advocates.

All uniformed officers had their department issued body-worn cameras activated at the time of the incident.

The two involved officers are 11 and 19-year veterans of the Aurora Police Department. Both officers are assigned to District One Patrol. Neither officer has been previously involved in an officer-involved shooting. The two Aurora Police Officers involved in this critical incident have been placed on administrative leave with pay per departmental policy.

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) for the 18th Judicial District responded and will be investigating this officer involved shooting incident. The CIRT Team for the 18th Judicial District conducts independent, multi-agency investigations into officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths that occur in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert County. 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.

One in three women, and one in four men, experience relationship violence in their lifetime according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence based in Denver. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing relationship violence, please do not be ashamed or embarrassed. We are here to support you. You can call us anytime for assistance at 303.627.3100 or get more information by visiting https://www.auroragov.org/residents/public_safety/police/victim_services___rights.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jul 20, 2021 at 9:48 PM
  
(July 15) On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., District 1 Patrol Officers responded to the parking lot of the McDonald’s, located at 2651 South Parker Road, on reports of a shooting.

The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of Treyvion Simpson (DOB: 04/27/1999). Simpson was arrested today, July 15, 2021, and has been charged with Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-102 Murder in the First Degree in relation to this homicide. The booking photo for Simpson has been provided at the bottom of this news release.

We want to thank the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for their continued work on this case as well as the Aurora Police SWAT and F.A.S.T Unit and Denver SWAT for assisting in today's arrest.


This homicide is being prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and any additional media inquiries should be directed there.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Simpson Booking Photo

(Information previously released)


(June 29) On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., District 1 Patrol Officers responded to the parking lot of the McDonald’s, located at 2651 South Parker Road, on reports of a shooting.

Officers located an adult male who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. This male was quickly transported to the hospital by paramedics but has tragically died from his injuries. This case is being investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit and detectives will work to determine what exactly led up to this shooting. The only suspect information available at this time is that the suspect was driving a silver vehicle.

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

We are seeking the public's assistance. Anyone who may have observed anything suspicious, or has information about this case, is asked to contact Detective Tim Glenn at 303.739.6068 or by calling 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.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jul 15, 2021 at 8:17 PM
  
On July 4th, 2021 at 11:37p.m. the Aurora Police Department responded to a three car crash on North Havana Street just south of North Del Mar Parkway.

The preliminary investigation reveals the following:

A Nissan Rouge and Chrysler Town and Country minivan were traveling southbound on North Havana Street.  After they passed North Del Mar Parkway a Chevy Avalanche that was traveling northbound on Havana Street crossed the centerline and struck the Nissan head on.  The Nissan then struck the minivan which was in the lane next to it.

The three occupants of the Avalanche then ran from the scene. The adult male driver and adult female passenger of the Nissan were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  Tragically, the women succumb to her injuries and was pronounced at the hospital.  The occupants of the minivan were not injured in the crash.

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

Havana Street was closed for several hours as Traffic Investigators processed the crash scene.  

Anyone who witnessed this crash or anyone with information about the identity of the occupants of the at-fault vehicle who fled the scene are asked to call the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. Tipster to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jul 05, 2021 at 10:50 AM
  
The Aurora Police Department will be conducting a Stationary Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday June 26th, 2021, 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 E. Alameda Ave.

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).

DUI Taxi

Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 24, 2021 at 11:31 AM
  
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