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].

Colorado Criminal Justice Records (CCJRA) can be obtained by downloading and completing a CCJRA Request form and e-mailing it to [email protected]  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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(June 2, 2021) On Monday, May 31, 2021, the Aurora Police Department received a report pertaining to allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct involving a suspect, Enrique de Jesus Carrillo-Rivera (DOB: 07/02/2002), a classroom monitor who was employed by the Aurora Public School District and worked at Vaughn Elementary School.

Investigators are still working to investigate this matter. At this time, limited information is being released as to protect the integrity of this very active, open investigation. Aurora Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Detectives are investigating this incident as well as seeking any information about potential victims that haven’t been reported involving Carrillo-Rivera. The Aurora Police Department is working closely in conjunction with the Aurora Public School District.

On June 1, 2021, Carrillo-Rivera was arrested and booked into the Aurora City Jail on the following charges: Internet Luring of a Child and Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Carrillo-Rivera is no longer employed by the Aurora Public School District.

It is possible that there are additional persons who may have been victimized by Carrillo-Rivera and have not yet reported it. The Aurora Police Department is asking anybody who is a witness or has information about circumstances surrounding this investigation to please call the Internet Crimes Against Children Tip-Line at (303) 739-6164. If there are any additional victims who are wishing to report to police, they are asked to call Police Dispatch at (303) 627-3100 immediately. A photo is being released to the public in the event that there are additional victims who have not yet come forward in filing a report with Police.


Agent Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Carlos Carrillo-Rivera
Posted by [email protected]  On Jun 02, 2021 at 4:04 PM
  
On May 1st, 2021 at approximately 3:00a.m. the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on North Fitzsimons Parkway and North Victor Street.

Initial investigation revealed that a passing motorist noticed a motorcycle laying on the side of Fitzsimons Parkway.  When he stopped to investigate he found the unconscious and unresponsive adult male rider several feet away from the motorcycle.  

The rider was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.  His identity is not being released at this time and will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified. 

The cause of this crash is under investigation by the Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit.  Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to call police.  

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer/Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On May 01, 2021 at 10:16 AM
  
On Sunday, March 21st, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m., District 1 Patrol Officers responded to a welfare check at Front Range Tire located at 3005 South Peoria Street.

Once on scene, officers located an adult male on the ground, next to the building. This male had obvious trauma injuries and was declared deceased on scene. The male was taken to the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office and an autopsy was completed. It has been determined that the male was shot multiple times which led to his death. This case is now classified as a homicide and will be investigated by our Major Crimes Homicide Unit. Because this is an active investigation, there is no additional information to share.

The name of the victim was released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after he was positively identified as Vincent Brown (09/16/1998).

We now need the public's assistance. Anyone who may have observed anything suspicious, or has information about this case, 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.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Mar 22, 2021 at 2:08 PM
  
On Wednesday March 3rd, 2021, at approximately 4:25p.m, District 1 Patrol Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Telegraph Hills II Condos, which are located in the 12000blk of E. Harvard Avenue in Southwest Aurora.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male in the parking lot who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries.

This case is still an active investigation and at this time there is no additional information to share. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no danger to the general public.

The name of the victim 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 with information about his case 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.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Mar 03, 2021 at 9:12 PM
  

(February 14) On Friday, January 22, 2021, at approximately 12:34 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a homicide on North Beeler Street and East Colfax Avenue where one adult male was found dead.

The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of Jerome Deshun Johnson (DOB: 10/11/1986). Johnson was arrested on Friday February 12, 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 Johnson has been provided with this news release.

This homicide is being prosecuted by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and any additional media inquiries should be directed there.

We continue to encourage anyone with information about this homicide to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
DJ



(January 22, 2021) On Friday January 22, 2021, at approximately 12:34 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to the southeast corner of North Beeler Street and East Colfax Avenue on multiple reports of a shooting.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound in a vehicle. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating to gain more information on a suspect(s) and what led up to the fatal shooting.

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

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 14, 2021 at 8:54 PM
  
(February 2, 2021) On Sunday July 5th, 2020 at 1:45 a.m., a 31-year-old man was shot to death on East Colfax Avenue at North Beeler Street

Today, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing the arrest of Dontavious Hetzel (9/13/1992) for Accessory to 1st Degree Murder for his role in the murder on July 5th, 2020. 

Dontavious was arrested by local law enforcement in Georgia yesterday and is awaiting extradition to Colorado.

We want to thank our law enforcement partners in Georgia for their work and our Major Crimes Detectives for their continued dedication to this case.

We should also mention that Master Titus Uriah Martin (4/19/2000) was arrested September of 2020 for his warrant of 1st Degree Murder.

Both booking photos are provided below. 

Any additional details about this case will need to be obtained by the prosecuting office, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office.


Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095

Hetzel, Dontavious 
  Dontavious Hetzel

Master Martin
Master Martin


information previously released

On Sunday July 5th, 2020 at 1:45 a.m., a 31-year-old man was shot to death on East Colfax Avenue at North Beeler Street.  The identity of the deceased can be confirmed by the Adam’s County Coroner’s Office. 

Today, the Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is announcing they have obtained a First-Degree Murder warrant for the arrest of Master Titus Uriah Martin born April 19th, 2000, in relation to the July 5th homicide.  In an effort maintain the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation, and the subsequent prosecution, the Aurora Police Department will not be publicly releasing a photo of Master Martin at this time.  

Master Martin is believed to be armed, and a danger to our community.  While the Aurora Police Department continues to work tirelessly to locate and safely apprehend Master Martin, we are also hopeful he will turn himself in.  

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP where your tips will remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

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


(July 5th, 2020) Early this morning at approximately 1:45 A.M., Aurora Police Officers were called to the area of East Colfax Avenue and North Beeler Street on reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a 31-year-old on the ground who had been shot. The male was transported to an area hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim’s identity will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and actively investigating. At this early stage in the investigation, it is unknown what led up to the incident and there is no suspect information.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at 303.739.6077 or they can remain anonymous by contacting Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Feb 02, 2021 at 3:45 PM
  

(January 26, 2021) On Monday January 25, 2021, at approximately 9:34 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to the 1300 block of Alton Street on a report of a man who had been shot.

Upon arrival officers located an adult male with an apparent gunshot. The male was transported to an area hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating to gain more information on a suspect(s) and what led up to the fatal shooting. At this time the information is still being gathered and there is no additional information to provide.

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

Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) where tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5096

Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 26, 2021 at 12:26 PM
  

(January 5) On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at about 5:45 p.m., Aurora police officers responded to a traffic crash on East Smith Road at Quentin Street.

The initial investigation has revealed the driver of a Subaru station wagon was travelling westbound on East Smith Road when it came upon a pedestrian in the roadway at Quentin Street.  The driver unsuccessfully attempted to avoid striking the pedestrian. The driver remained at the scene of the accident. Drugs, alcohol nor speed are believed to be contributing factors to the accident. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

The adult male pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office after a positive identification has been made, and his next-of-kin has been notified.

We are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash, has dash cam footage, or if you have any information about this incident, please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867).

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 05, 2021 at 7:35 PM
  
On December 26th, 2020 at around 11:18 p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a possible shooting in the 2000 Block of North Fulton Street

Upon arrival officers located a deceased adult male with an apparent gunshot wound in the alleyway between Fulton and Florence Street. At this time Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are investigating this case as a suspicious death.

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

Any witnesses to this shooting are are asked to submit a tip or call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commanding Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Dec 27, 2020 at 2:44 AM
  
UPDATE:  Arrest made in Mariscos El Rey Homicide Case

Aurora Police have arrested a 28-year-old woman for the murder of an 18-year-old man that occurred at the Mariscos El Rey Restaurant on December 22, 2020. 

Following-up on investigative leads, officers arrested Jacqueline De Paz (DOB: 03/27/92) for 2nd Degree Murder during a traffic stop at East Colfax Avenue and North Boston Street at around 3:30 this afternoon.  De Paz was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Aurora Detention Center where she is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond.


Jacqueline De Paz, DOB: 03/27/92

Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Commander Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released on December 23, 2020:

On Tuesday December 22, 2020, at 7:59 p.m., multiple 911 callers reported a shooting at Mariscos El Rey 2 located at 10293 East Iliff Avenue.

Upon Aurora police officers arrival an adult male was found in the parking lot suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to an area hospital were tragically he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Initial information obtained suggests a disturbance in the parking lot led to a male being fatally shot. Right now, investigators are still working to identify a suspect(s) and believe this was an isolated incident.

It is not yet clear if the suspect(s) were known to the deceased, or what caused the disturbance. This homicide investigation remains active and ongoing, and no additional information is known to provide at this time.

The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been properly notified.

Anyone with information about this homicide investigation is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867). By using crime stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Dec 24, 2020 at 8:48 PM
  
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