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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:

Officer Crystal McCoy-Public Information Officer
Officer Matthew Longshore-Public Information Officer
Officer Anthony Camacho (Spanish Speaking)- 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, photo red light) call 720.675.8915.

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UPDATE:

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit has concluded our investigation on this horrific crash which resulted in the death of two young men. Our extensive investigation revealed the following:

The driver of the black 2004 Infiniti G35 coupe was identified as Phillip Klemenov, 24, of Aurora. The front seat passenger was identified as Marcelous D. Johnson, 27, of Colorado Springs. The backseat passenger was identified as Adrianna Lemus, 18yo, of Aurora.

Lemus advised investigators that all three of them had been drinking alcohol all evening and into the morning, visiting several local drinking establishments in the Denver area prior to the crash. She and Klemenov were in an intimate relationship and tonight was her first meeting of Johnson.

Witnesses on scene, and first responders, observed Klemenov and Johnson trapped and upside down in the severely damaged vehicle that was overturned as a result of the crash. Klemenov in the driver’s seat, and Johnson in the front passenger seat.

Several trees and a light pole had impacted and gone thru the vehicle, particularly the front passenger compartment in which the two men were seated.

Members of the Aurora Fire Department had to cut the trees and crumpled vehicle damage away to extricate Klemenov out of the driver's seat. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Johnson was pronounced deceased on scene and remained there until Coroner arrived as per protocols.

Ms. Lemus stated she crawled out of vehicle through the rear windshield after the crash. Her minor injuries were consistent with where she said she was seated, and how the compartment where she was seated faired on scene.

Based on statements made by Ms. Lemus, and the evidence recovered from inside the vehicle, investigators believed alcohol consumption contributed to this crash.

A blood sample, per court issued warrant, was drawn from Klemenov at 3:55 a.m., about an hour and 10 minutes after the crash. It should be noted that prior to this blood draw Klemenov had already been administered 8 units of fresh blood and 4 units of frozen plasma by medical personnel in attempts to save his life.

Klemenov's blood alcohol content (BAC), after laboratory examination and testing, resulted in 0.139% BAC. 0.08% BAC or over is considered over the legal limit in the State of Colorado.

Evidence showed all three occupants were wearing seatbelts at time of the crash.

Our investigation concludes that this fatal crash occurred because Klemenov was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Klemenov was driving the Infiniti coupe eastbound on E. Florida Ave. at over twice the posted speed limit (73.6 mph in a posted 35 mph zone).

Evidence shows vehicle was eastbound on E. Florida Ave. going over the crown of the S. Dayton St. roadway causing the suspension springs to fully extend and compress making the vehicle bottom out (as seen by roadway evidence as bottom of vehicle left a scraping and rust transfer). This action caused Klemenov to turn the driver’s wheel to the left, causing the vehicle to go into a yaw, making him lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle straightened out and subsequently struck the curb on the north side of E. Florida Ave. The vehicle started to rotate clockwise due to the curb strike and continue up onto the landscaping grass bordering the roadway. The driver's door area was first to strike the first tree. The force of this impact sheared the tree and the vehicle continued its path. The front driver's wheel came off at this point and the vehicle started to dig into the soft turf of the grass. The vehicle tripped and started to roll over. The vehicle struck the second tree on the driver's "A" pillar area, and rolled over upside down and struck the third tree along with a light pole on the passenger side door area until coming to its final place of rest.

This investigation is closed with no charges due to death of offender. 

A copy of the 130 page report about this crash and subsequent investigation is available for download by clicking here.

Lieutenant Michael McClelland
Traffic Section Commander
303.739-6326


Information previously released on October 2, 2016:

The driver died from his injuries on 10/2/16, at 9:35 a.m. The name of the driver and passenger are not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office.  The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing its investigation of the crash.

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section


Information Previously Released on 10/2/16. 

On 10-2-16, at 2:45 a.m. Aurora Police and Aurora Fire responded to the 9900 Block of E. Florida Ave. on the report of a rollover crash. The preliminary  investigation shows a black Infinity was eastbound on Florida when it lost control and rolled several times ending up on the sidewalk to the north of E. Florida Ave. The car hit several trees and a light pole in the process. An adult male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The adult male driver was transported to a local hospital, and he is in critical condition at this time. There was an adult female passenger who was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash. The names of the driver and passengers are not being released at this time.

Fatal Rollover Crash

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Dec 09, 2016 at 7:15 PM
  
On November 13, 2016, at about 1:20 PM, Aurora Officers responded to an automobile versus bicycle crash in the intersection of East Mississippi Avenue and South Moline Street.  
The investigation revealed that a male adult was riding his bicycle northbound across East Mississippi Avenue in the east crosswalk of South Moline Street.  A silver Nissan Rouge being driven by a female adult was eastbound on East Mississippi Avenue in the center lane.  The Nissan struck the bicycle in the crosswalk. 
Both the bicyclist and the driver of the Nissan were transported to an area hospital for treatment.  The driver of the Nissan had minor injuries.  The bicyclist succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
The identities of both people involved in the crash are not being released as we are attempting to notify family.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.  Aurora Police Traffic Investigators are still speaking with witnesses in an effort to determine fault.
Posted by wrevelle@auroragov.org  On Nov 13, 2016 at 4:10 PM
  

UPDATE: Today the Aurora Police Department and Denver Police Department held a joint press conference to update the media on this ongoing investigation. You can view an unedited version of the conference here.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit


Information previously released on November 9th, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at approximately 11:21 a.m. Aurora Police were dispatched to a report of a party shot at 142 Del Mar Circle. Upon officers arrival they located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers on scene rendered aid to the victim and rescue personnel were summoned to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

 

Officers received information that the suspect involved in the shooting was possibly at a residence in Denver at 14572 East 46th Avenue. When the officers arrived, shots were exchange between the suspect and the officers. An Aurora Police Officer was shot and transported to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.

 

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit are handling the investigation into the Del Mar Circle Homicide. Since the officer involved shooting occurred in the city limits of Denver, the Denver Police Department is taking lead on this investigation. Major Crimes Detectives will be assisting.

 

Anyone with information about the Del Mar Circle homicide is asked to call Major Crimes/Homicide Unit Detective Matt Ingui at (303)739-6067.

 
All media inquiries in reference to the officer involved shooting investigation should be directed to the Denver Police Department Media Relations Unit.


Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Nov 09, 2016 at 6:40 PM
  
On Sunday October 23rd, 2016 at approximately 3:36 p.m. officers responded to a call from 3195 Uvalda Street in the Morris Heights neighborhood on a report of an assault with a gun that occurred at 3190 Uvalda Street.

Upon officers arrival they located an adult Hispanic male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The male was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. At this time, all involved parties are accounted for, and there is no risk to the community.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroners Office once a positive identification has been made, and the next of kin has been notified.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit have taken over the investigation. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Tom Welton with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6107. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipster can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward.  

3195 Uvalda Street Aurora, CO

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095 
Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Oct 23, 2016 at 10:46 PM
  
Yesterday at approximately 1:30p.m. Officers from the Aurora Police Department arrested Ricardo Corral-Venegas, a 25 year old man who attempted to force his way into an apartment in the 1300 Block of South Geneva Way. Fortunately the woman was able to fight the man off, preventing him from gaining entry into her apartment.

Investigators believe that on October 4th Corral-Venegas forced his way into another apartment at the same location and sexually assaulted another woman.

Corral-Venegas was arrested for Sexual Assault, First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary and Criminal Attempt First Degree Burglary. He is currently being held at the Arapahoe County Jail.

Investigators believe their could be the possibility of other victims who were assaulted by Corral-Venegas. They are encouraged to contact Sex Crimes Detectives, Agent Jennifer Spanos at 303-739-6153 or Agent Del Matticks at 303-739-6367.

Since this case is in the hands of the District Attorney's Office (18th Judicial District) we will not be releasing any additional information about the case. A copy of the arrest affidavit can be obtained from the Colorado Judicial Department.

Ricardo Corral-Venegas
Ricardo Corral-Venegas

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Oct 14, 2016 at 6:14 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
  
Aurora, Colorado- September 28th, 2016, 8:57 am- E. Mississippi Ave (westbound) @ S. Uvalda St. – Aurora police responded to location on a report of an auto versus pedestrian crash involving two children.  Upon arrival our investigation revealed two 11yo juvenile males were crossing E. Mississippi Ave, northbound, in the east crosswalk, heading to Aurora Hills Middle School.  Half way across the street the signal began to change.  Both boys began running to try and make it across.  The vehicles in the #1 and #2 lanes westbound remained stopped until the boys passed by.  A brown in color Buick sedan, driven by Sandra P. Martinez, 21yo., of Denver, was westbound on E. Mississippi Ave in the #3 lane, didn’t see the boys crossing, had a green signal light, and struck one of the boys.  The 11yo victim was transported to a local hospital with serious life threatening injuries, currently listed in critical condition.  

The Aurora Police Traffic Investigations Unit is investigating this crash under case # 2016-38876.  Any related charges are pending the outcome of our investigation. 

Lieutenant Michael A. McClelland
Aurora Police Traffic Section 
303-739-6326

Miss/Uvalda

Posted by mmcclell@auroragov.org  On Sep 28, 2016 at 2:50 PM
  
Marcus Dudley Appointed to Rank of Commander

Chief of Police Nicholas Metz is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcus Dudley to the rank of Commander. He is the second African-American in the department’s history to attain a senior executive position on the department’s command staff. He will oversee the operations of District 2 and command 126 personnel. District 2 provides law enforcement services to Northeast Aurora and is approximately 101 square miles in size with a population of about 95,000 residents.

Commander Dudley joined the Aurora Police Department in 1996. During his tenure as a Police Officer he was assigned to Patrol, the School Resource Officer Unit, and the Training Section where he served as a Police Training Instructor. He was later assigned to the Media Relations Unit where he served as one of the department’s public information officers. In 2007 he was promoted to Agent (detective) and was assigned to the Media Relations Unit and the Crimes Against Children Unit.

In 2009 Commander Dudley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his tenure as a Sergeant he supervised a patrol team and the Intelligence Unit. In 2013 He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to District 3 as a Watch Commander. In April of 2015 he was selected to serve as the Executive Officer to Chief of Police Metz where he oversaw the operations of the Media Relations and Recruiting Units and the department’s community outreach efforts.

Commander Dudley earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Economics from Bethany College. He is a graduate of Leadership Aurora and recently completed the Senior Management Institute In Policing which was sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.

Lieutenant Darin Parker, New Executive Officer to the Chief of Police

Chief Metz has selected Lieutenant Darin Parker to serve as his Executive Officer. He will oversee the department’s community outreach efforts and command the Media Relations and Recruiting Units. He most recently served as the Deputy Commander of the Internal Affairs Bureau where he played an instrumental role in reforming the bureaus policies, procedures and investigative methods.

Lieutenant Parker started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer with the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department in 1989. In 1995 he moved north to Colorado and joined the Aurora Police Department. He later promoted to Agent (detective) and was assigned to the Crimes Against Person’s Unit and Crimes Against Children Unit where he investigated serious felony crimes.

In 2002 Lieutenant Parker was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He supervised a patrol team, the Pattern Crimes Unit and was an Investigator with the Internal Affairs Section. In 2009 he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a Watch Commander at District 1, the Sector Lieutenant for District 2. He also commanded the Narcotics Section and the Operations Support Section (SWAT and K-9 Units).

This summer Lieutenant Parker completed the Senior Management Institute In Policing which was sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum. He has also completed the IACP Leadership in Police Organization Course and the University of Denver Executive Leadership Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.

Other Executive Leadership Team Changes

Chief Metz also announcing the following changes to his Executive Leadership Team:

Commander Mike Dailey, the Commander for District 2 will now serve as the Commander for District 1. District 1 provides law enforcement serves to West Aurora. It 19 square miles in size and has about 122,000 residents. He will command 172 personnel.

Commander Ernie Ortiz, the Commander for District 1 will now oversee the operations of the Investigations Bureau which includes the Major Crimes Investigations Section, Community Resources Section, Traffic Section, Crime Lab Section and the Electronic Support Section. He will command 121 personnel.

Chief Metz said “There is little doubt that our nation is experiencing the most difficult and complex time as it pertains to police-community relations. Commander Dailey and newly promoted Commander Dudley get it. I look forward to working with them as they take their respective districts to new heights. I am exited for Commander Ortiz's new role in overseeing complex and important investigations. I know he will ensure high quality and professional investigations and will protect the rights of victims, families of victims and those accused of committing crimes.  I also look forward to working closely with Lieutenant Parker as my new Executive Officer.”

All of these changes will take place on September 24th.

Commander Marcus Dudley
Commander Marcus Dudley

Lieutnenant Darin Parker
Lieutenant Darin Parker

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Sep 23, 2016 at 10:32 PM
  

On Tuesday September 6, 2016 officers were looking for Michael Smith DOB: 06/09/85 who was wanted for a parole violation in connection with convictions of kidnapping and motor vehicle theft. Members of the Strategic Response Team were able to locate Smith at approximately 1:00 p.m. at Montview Bar and Grill located at 11680 East Montview Boulevard.

When Smith exited the establishment the officers gave him verbal orders in an attempt to take him into custody without incident. Smith did not comply with the orders given to him by officers and less lethal was used but was ineffective. Smith instead fled from the officers while brandishing a handgun. At that point, one officer discharged his service weapon which did not strike Smith.

Smith continued to run from our officers but was eventually taken into custody after being tased. As a precaution, Smith was transported to a local hospital where he was later released. Smith is currently in custody on the parole violation. New charges are pending.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. This is an active investigation, and the scene has not been released. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Agent Tom Welton at 303-739-6107. 

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer 
Media Relations Unit

Posted by Guest  On Sep 06, 2016 at 5:45 PM
  
On September 4, 2016, at approximately 10:45 pm, Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to E. Montview Blvd and N. Dayton St. on the report of an auto/pedestrian crash. Arriving units found an adult female laying in the intersection suffering from severe injuries. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. The pedestrian was crossing E. Montview Blvd. when she was struck in the eastbound lanes by a Ford F-150. The F-150 left the scene of the crash. Aurora Police Officers located the vehicle a short time later in the 3300 Block of N. Peoria St. The adult male driver was taken into custody. He is being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and DUI. Witnesses on-scene stated the pedestrian was crossing E. Montview Blvd. against the light. The names of the involved parties are not being released at this time.

Sgt. Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section
 
Posted by Guest  On Sep 05, 2016 at 2:25 AM
  
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