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:

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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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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On Friday, September 2, 2016  at 11:23 p.m. officers responded to 1009 S. Newark Street on a report of a stabbing.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim with injuries.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that there was an altercation between the victim and a male known to him. The suspect  was identified as Ruben Martinez  DOB 03/17/95. Martinez has since been arrested by the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit for Second Degree Murder.

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

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit is not looking for any additional suspects  involved at this time. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Todd Fredericksen with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6106. 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. 

Officer Diana Cooley 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095
Posted by Guest  On Sep 03, 2016 at 7:26 PM
  
On September 2, 2016, at 7:15 P.M., Aurora Police and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to E. Louisiana Ave. & S. Peoria St. on the report of a serious traffic accident. The on scene investigation revealed a maroon Honda Accord was traveling westbound on E. Louisiana Ave. and ran the stop sign at S. Peoria St. A gold Ford Fusion going northbound on S. Peoria St. collided with the driver's side of the Honda. The driver, and sole occupant of the Honda, had to be extricated from the car. The adult male driver was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver, and only occupant of the Fusion, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Speed or alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.


Fatal Crash


Posted by Guest  On Sep 02, 2016 at 10:57 PM
  

UPDATE: The suspect taken into custody after crashing his car into the Day Care Center at 1155 S. Havana St. has been identified as Neco Benson. He was arrested on Vehicular Eluding, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangerment. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
Neco Benson


Sgt. Craig Baumfalk 
Aurora Police Department Traffic Section



Information Previously Released on August 31, 2016.

Aurora, CO
. - 31 AUG, 2016- 3:03 p.m. – Aurora Police officers responded to the area of E. Yale Ave. and S. Parker Road on a report of a two vehicle hit and run crash.  The run vehicle, a blue in color Dodge Dart with an adult male driver, fled northbound on S. Parker Road.  A responding APD patrol spotted the vehicle going northbound on S. Havana Street from E. Idaho Place with front end damage.  The officer turned on his lights and siren and attempted to stop the Dodge but the driver eluded, continuing northbound, turning into the Havana Gardens shopping center.  The officer followed the Dodge, airing location, description of vehicle, and the Ohio plate numbers.  The Dodge continued to drive recklessly through the parking lot, around several businesses.  The Dodge accelerated directly west out of the lot, went across all lanes of S. Havana Street, and into the King Soopers parking lot area, impacting a parked vehicle.  The driver of the Dodge lost control and drove straight into a day care business, the Bright Stars Child Care, 1155 S. Havana Street, Unit 25.  The suspect was quickly taken into custody and is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.  Two children along with an adult female employee were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.   No other injuries are reported. 


The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this incident under case# 2016-34880.  We are not releasing names at this time.  Charges are pending against the driver but may include Hit and Run, Vehicular Eluding, Reckless Driving, and Driving under the Influence of alcohol/drugs or both. 

16-34880

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


Posted by Guest  On Sep 01, 2016 at 6:57 PM
  

Aurora, CO. - On August 28th, 2016, at about 1:20 p.m., Aurora Police responded to the intersection of E. Alameda Ave. and S. Havana Street on a report of a two vehicle crash.  Upon arrival investigation revealed an Aurora Fire Department vehicle, a marked Ford F350 truck, driven by Battalion Chief Jon Hill, 49, was responding to an emergency call for service with lights and siren activated northbound on S. Havana Street approaching the intersection of E. Alameda Ave.  Chief Hill slowed and proceeded left around stopped vehicles and proceeded into the intersection.  A white in color Toyota Corolla, driven by Freda Adjei, 65 of Aurora, was westbound on E. Alameda Ave. on a green signal and broadsided the Ford before it could clear the intersection.  Adjei was unresponsive after the impact and was extricated from the vehicle by AFD.  She was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment and later determined not to have suffered any life threatening injuries.  Chief Hill was also taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and was later released. 

The Aurora Police Traffic Section is investigating this crash under report # 2016-34423.  Based on our investigation we believe the proximate cause of this crash was Adjei’s failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. 

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

AFD Crash

Posted by Guest  On Aug 28, 2016 at 8:22 PM
  
UPDATE: At approximately 6:15 this evening Aurora Police received a tip that Moori's vehicle was seen in the area of East Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street.  Officers canvassing the East Colfax Corridor located her vehicle at East Colfax Avenue and Valentia Street in Denver a short time later. Officers followed her vehicle for a short distance until it was safe to initiate a traffic stop. Once at Colfax and Quebec officers stopped Moori where she was taken into protective custody without incident.  The children were found to be unharmed and in good spirits.  

Moori was transported to a local hospital and is not expected to be criminal charged in this matter. The children have been turned over to a family member. This case has been referred to the Adams County Department of Human Services for further investigation. 


Information Previously released on August 7, 2016 at 4:55p.m. 

The Aurora Police Department has activated an AMBER Alert for a mother and her four children. 

Nikia Moori left her residence in the 3100 Block of Worchester Street in Northwest Aurora at approximately 2:45 this afternoon.  She made threats to harm herself and her four children. 

Nikia was last seen driving a 2005 Gold Chrysler Pacifica van bearing Colorado Plate QFZ981. The vehicle had a yellow sticker on the back of it.

Nikia is a 28 year old black female who stands 5'2" tall and weighs 135 pounds. She is also pregnant.  She was last seen wearing a blue and white tank top and blue jeans.

Nikia's daughters:

Aaliyah Moori, 9 year old black female who stands 4'8" tall and has a stocky build. She was last seen wearing a red shirt and black pants.

Jeneaya Fleming, 7 year old black female who stands 4'6" tall and has a skinny build. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored dress.

Heaven Smith, 3 year old back female who stands 2"5" tall. No clothing description is available.

Harmony Smith, 1 year old black female who was last seen wearing a purple dress.

If you see them call 911 immediately. 

Amber Alert

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Aug 07, 2016 at 9:17 PM
  
An additional $2,000.00 has been added by the Aurora Police Reward Fund bringing the total reward up to $4,000.00. Investigators continue to ask for anyone who has any information or may have witnessed anything at all related to this homicide to please come forward and help us bring justice to the victim, and their family.

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. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Mike Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. Tipsters can also report 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.

  Homicide
Photo of victim Alexander Johnson

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

Previously posted July 21, 2016:

At around 12:43 this morning, the Public Safety Communications Department received multiple 911 calls about shots being fired at the Viridians at the Gardens on Havana Apartment Complex. When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male suffering from a gun shot wound in a vehicle which was stopped in front of 1276 South Joliet Court. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumb to his injuries.

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and will be handling the investigation into this crime. Investigators from the Crime Scene Investigations Unit are currently processing the crime scene and are expecting to be at the scene for several hours.

No description of the suspect(s) is available at this time.

The name of victim will be released at a later time by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Mike Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127. Tipsters can also report 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.
Posted by Guest  On Jul 30, 2016 at 11:18 AM
  
On Friday July 29, 2016 at 4:06 a.m. officers responded to a man with a gunshot wound at the Carriage Motor Inn located at 9201 East Colfax Avenue.

Upon their arrival officers found two adults and one juvenile in three different areas of the motel suffering from gunshot wounds. All three parties were transported to local hospitals where they are undergoing surgery, and are expected to survive. This is still an active and ongoing investigation, and details are still emerging. We do not have a suspect in custody at this time, and are not looking for anyone else.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent R. Day with the District One Investigations at 303.739.1835. Tipsters can also report 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 Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by Guest  On Jul 29, 2016 at 1:31 PM
  
The Asian Pacific Development Center will also be holding a National Night Out Event on August 2nd at 5:00p.m.  The party gives attendees the opportunity to experience other cultures, meet Aurora Police Officers, have fun with friends and enjoy some great food. The ASPD Center is located 1537 Alton Street.

Information previously released on July 28th, 2016:

Residents of Aurora are invited to celebrate National Night Out (NNO) with the Aurora Police Department and the rest of the country on Tuesday, August the 2nd. NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The goal of the campaign is to make Aurora a safer place.

The Police Area Representative Teams for District 1, which serves West Aurora (areas west of I-225) has announced the District's plans for the evening. The District will be hosting a community gathering at Utah Park (1800 S. Peoria St.) on the northeast corner of the park. The event will include a static display of APD Units and Equipment, food, door prizes and a safety village for children. The event starts at 6:00p.m. and goes to 8:00p.m.
Posted by Guest  On Jul 28, 2016 at 12:06 PM
  
Aurora’s 2nd Annual Unity Peace March will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The mile-long March will begin with speakers at Aurora Central High School at 10:00 a.m. Marchers will make their way through the neighborhood and finish at Spencer Garrett Park at Joliet Street and 16th Avenue where there will be a resource fair, free food, music, dance, the Mobile Playground, youth sports, activities, and games.

The Unity Peace March is hosted by Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP) and Aurora’s Gang Reduction Impact Program (A-GRIP), a coalition of agencies including: The Juvenile Assessment Center; Aurora for Youth; Metro Denver Partners/GRASP; Mile High Behavioral Healthcare; Friends for Youth; Hood Monsters (an acronym for Holding Our Own Destiny, Making Our Neighborhoods Stronger Through Education, Respect and Self-esteem). Other contributing sponsors include the New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living; Aurora Mental Health Center; Aurora Strong Resilience Center; Aurora Youth Options; Boettcher Boys & Girls Club; and the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment.

About GRASP:

GRASP is a peer-run, intervention program that works with youth who are at-risk of gang involvement or are presently active in gangs. GRASP helps families of gang victims, and serves as a youth advocate. GRASP works well because it is primarily run by ex-gang members who broke free of the gang life-style and turned their lives around. The staff understands how difficult it is to make this transition and the challenges facing youth who do. Established in 1991 after a tragic ‘drive-by’ shooting death of a teen, GRASP has evolved into a highly respected and successful program of Metro Denver Partners, a non-profit organization that for over 45 years has helped kids to better futures through one-on-one mentoring.

About A-GRIP:

A-GRIP is a comprehensive network of providers who coordinate services that are designed to prevent youth from becoming involved in gangs and provide intervention programs to young people (ages 14-24) who are actively involved in the gang lifestyle. These services include: youth risk assessments; sport leagues; pro-active street outreach; case management; mentoring; pro-social activities; educational and court advocacy; job readiness training; employment assistance; tattoo removal; support groups; and mediation to de-escalate gang tensions in the community. A-GRIP is also committed to generating greater gang awareness among youth, parents, schools, youth-serving organizations and our community. 

Schedule of Events:

Gathering and Speakers at Aurora Central High School (11700 East 11th Avenue): 10:00 a.m.
Start time for March to Spencer Garrett Park (Joliet Street and 16th Avenue): 10:30 a.m.
Resource Fair, Free Food, Music, Dance, Youth Activities at Spencer Garrett Park: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Speakers Mayor Steve Hogan and Chief of Police Nick Metz: Noon

Contact:
Dawn Barrett
Program Manager
Aurora For Youth
303.739.1772 or dbarrett@auroragov.org 
Posted by Guest  On Jul 28, 2016 at 11:52 AM
  
Aurora, Colorado-The Aurora Police will be holding a press conference to brief the media about the circumstances related to a missing person case of Lashaya Nae Stine 16 years old. Lashay was last seen July 15, 2016 at 2:30 a.m.. The conference will take place today at the front entrance of North Middle School (12095 East Montview Blvd ) at 3:30 p.m.. Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz will be providing an update on the event. The conference will be held in front of the school.

WHAT: The Aurora Police Department
WHEN: Saturday July, 23, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. 
WHERE: North Middle School, 12095 East Montview Blvd 
WHO: Chief of Police Nick Metz 
CONTACT: Officer Diana Cooley, Public Information Officer for the Aurora Police Department (720) 432-5095 
NATURE: PRESS CONFERENCE REFERENCE MISSING PERSON LASHAYA NAE STINE 

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

Posted by Guest  On Jul 23, 2016 at 3:08 PM
  
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