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:

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

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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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This morning at 8:05a.m Aurora Police responded to a report of a stabbing in the 13000 Block of East 13th Avenue. When officers arrived at that location they located an adult male who had been stabbed multiple times. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Patrol Officers were able to obtain a description of the suspect and a metro wide "be on the lookout" or bolo was issued for the suspect and his vehicle. During APD's dragnet an observant Aurora Patrol Officer located the suspect on an RTD bus at East Mississippi Avenue and South Chambers Road.  The suspect was taken into custody at 12:20p.m. without incident.

The name of the suspect and charges that he was arrested for will be released after he has booked into the Aurora Detention Center. The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office will release the name of the victim once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

The Major Crimes/Homicide unit is investigating this case.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jun 23, 2017 at 2:16 PM
  
On the early morning hours of April 29, 2017, Eriq Burrell, a 34 year old male, arrived at a local area hospital suffering from a stab wound. Burrell succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. It is believed that the stabbing occurred in the area of E. Iliff Ave. and S. Xanadu Way in Aurora, Colorado. This case remains unsolved and for this reason, the Aurora Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in solving this case.

This is still an active and on-going investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time. The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is handling the investigation into this matter. At this time there is no suspect information available for release.

The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6113. Tipsters can also provide information to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Jun 22, 2017 at 9:10 AM
  
UPDATE:  Butler was arrested by the Aurora Police Department Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team (FAST) in the 4100 Block of South Mobile Way at 12:45PM today and is currently being held in the Aurora Detention Center.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released on May 11th, 2017:

After weeks of tireless investigative work with our law enforcement partners at the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has identified a suspect in the murder of Queen Ashby.

Queen was murdered in early April at 1433 Joliet Street in Aurora and her body was later discovered in a rural part of Clear Creek County on April 8th.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Shawrae Butler (DOB: 09/27/1995) for 1st Degree Murder. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the APD Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team Tip Line at 303-627-FAST (3278) or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a REWARD of up to $2,000.

BUTLER, SHAWRAE

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



Information previously released by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on May 2, 2017:


CBI News Release:
Female Body Located in Clear Creek County Identified

(May 2, 2017—CBI—Lakewood, CO)—The female body discovered in Clear County in early April has been identified.
After dozens of tips forwarded to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office (CCCSO), information was relayed that led to the identification of Queen Ashby (DOB: 03/07/1997) of Aurora.

Ashby was positively identified and notification made to her family.

The investigation into Ashby’s death remains active by the CBI and the CCCSO.


Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 12, 2017 at 3:54 PM
  

On Thursday May 4, 2017 at approximately 1:03 a.m. Aurora Police Officers responded to the Rivera Motel located at 9100 East Colfax Avenue on a report of a shooting. 

Upon officers arrival they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the body. That male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to those injuries.

During the homicide investigation officers were contacted by a male reporting a robbery at the motel. At this time the reported robbery is unfounded and being treated as a separate assault case. Interviews are still being conducted. The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is handling the investigation into the Homicide.  Due to the ongoing investigation there is no suspect information available for release.

The identity of the Homicide victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending the positive identification of the victim and notification of his next of kin.

The Aurora Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6067. Tipsters can also use Metro Denver Crime Stoppers by calling 720-913-7867, can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward. 

Officer Bill Hummel 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095 

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On May 04, 2017 at 4:00 PM
  

On April 29th, 2017 at approximately 5:21 p.m. the Aurora Police Department responded to a local hospital where an unconscious adult male suffering from a stab wound to the body arrived.

Despite medical efforts, the adult male succumbed to his injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this as a homicide. We do not have anyone in custody, and there is no further information available at this time.

Police do not release the name of the deceased, that is and has been released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office.

If anyone has information about this case they are asked to call Agent Krieger with the Major Crimes Homicide Unit at 303-739-6113.

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 02, 2017 at 5:10 PM
  
UPDATE: Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit announces the arrest of Margarito Najera Date of Birth March 15, 1974, as shown in the attached photo, in the homicide that occurred on April 28th, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. in the 9500 block of East 14th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

There are no other updates in this case which is expected to be filed with the 18th Judicial District Attorney's office today, May 1, 2017. At that time all media inquires should be directed to their office.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim who was killed, that will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office once he is positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

If anyone has information about this case they are asked to call Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117. 
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Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095




Information previously released April 28, 2017:

On April 28th and around 8:45a.m. this morning Aurora Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 9500 Block of East 14th Avenue in Northwest Aurora.

Upon arrival Officer found two adult male shooting victims near the entrance to an alleyway, which is located mid block between Clinton and Dallas Streets. An officer immediately began life saving measures (CPR) until Paramedics from the Aurora Fire Rescue Department arrived on scene. Both victims were transported to a local hospital where one of the victims died from his injuries. The other victim is expected to survive.

A person of interest was taken into custody at the scene. At this time Aurora Police are not looking for any additional suspect.

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this homicide to determine what events lead up to this deadly shooting.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim who was killed, that will be done by the Arapahoe County Coroner's office once the he is positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

If anyone has information about this case they are asked to call Agent Warren Miller with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6117.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On May 01, 2017 at 11:51 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
  

On Wednesday February 15, 2017 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the area of a tattoo shop located at 3095 S. Peoria St.  Officers responded in an attempt to locate a suspect who was wanted by the Federal Heights Police Department for domestic violence related charges.  The suspect, who is identified as John Arthur Thomas (DOB 07/21/1971), was believed to be at this location by the Federal Heights Police Department.  Officers eventually observed Thomas at approximately 4:45 a.m. outside of the tattoo shop and the suspect retreated inside of the business. 

Thomas made recent statements that he wished to cause harm to law enforcement Officers and was known to be armed and dangerous.  Officers on scene subsequently requested the assistance of additional specialized units, who responded to the scene.

After contact was established with Thomas inside the business, Thomas eventually surrendered without incident and members of the Federal Heights Police Department took custody of Thomas.

As a result of this incident, S. Peoria St. was closed between E. Cornell Ave. and S Parker Rd. but the road was reopened at approximately 11:00 a.m.

The Aurora Police Department appreciates the assistance, cooperation and understanding of the public and the media.  No further updates are expected at this point.

Any questions pertaining to the domestic violence incident should be directed to the Federal Heights Police Department.

Officer Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
 720-432-5095

Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On Feb 15, 2017 at 1:16 PM
  
On 12-30-16, at 9:30 p.m. Aurora Police and Aurora Fire responded to the report of an auto/pedestrian crash at East Colfax Avenue and Nome Street. The on-scene investigation revealed an adult male pedestrian was crossing East Colfax Avenue mid-block between Nome and Oswego Street, from the North to the South, when he was struck in the westbound lanes of Colfax. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The vehicle that struck the pedestrian left the scene. While officers were on scene, witnesses pointed out as the run vehicle drove eastbound on East Colfax Avenue past the crash scene. Officers were able to stop the run vehicle a few blocks away. The adult female driver was taken into custody and transported to jail. The driver is being held on a $20,000 bond. She is charged with Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident, and DUI. The Aurora Police Department Traffic Unit is handling the investigation. The names of the parties involved are not being released at this time.  

Sergeant Craig Baumfalk
Aurora Police Department
Traffic Section

Posted by cbaumfal@auroragov.org  On Dec 31, 2016 at 1:18 AM
  
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
  
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