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Aurora Police Investigators are still seeking information related to the homicide that occurred on Saturday June 18, 2016 at approximately 9:44 p.m. at the Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary located at 19005 East Quincy Avenue.

Denver Metro Crime Stoppers has received another generous reward increase bringing the total reward to $50,000.

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.

Travis

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


Previously released on July 18, 2016:

Aurora Police investigators are still seeking information related to the homicide that occurred on Saturday June 18, 2016 at approximately 9:44 p.m. at the Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary located at 19005 East Quincy Avenue.

Denver Metro Crime Stoppers is offering an additional reward of $10,000 in addition to the $2,000 they previously offered. 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.

The total amount of the rewards being offered is $22,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

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


 
Previously released on June 27, 2016:

Aurora Police investigators are releasing images from surveillance systems showing two persons of interest described as:

Person of Interest one:

Dark colored full zip hooded sweatshirt
Red white horizontal stripe shirt
Blue jeans
Gray shoes with white stripes and blue shoelaces

Person of interest two:
Black hooded sweatshirt
Blue jeans 
Maroon converse or similar 

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6067 or tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.


Suspect1
Suspect 2

Officer Crystal McCoy
Media Relations Unit
Office of the Chief of Police
Desk: (303) 739-6038
On-Call PIO: (720) 432-5095



Previously released on June 20, 2016:

On Saturday June 18, 2016 at approximately 9:44 p.m. officers responded to Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary located at 19005 East Quincy Avenue in reference to a robbery that left one man dead.

The Major Crime/Homicide Unit is looking to identify two black males that were armed with handguns in connection to the homicide. At this time we are not releasing any additional information as investigators are thoroughly reviewing all available evidence.

We are asking anyone who might have witnessed or have information about the homicide call 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 a reward of up to $2,000.00.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is offering a reward for up to $5,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this homicide. This reward is being offered through a partnership with ATF and the Aurora Police Department under the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) initiative.

Additionally, the Aurora Police Department Reward fund is offering an additional reward of $5,000.00, which includes $3,000.00 that was donated by Euflora – a neighboring dispensary.

The total amount of rewards being offered is $12,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for this crime.


Previous News Release from June 19, 2016:

The Aurora Police Department is investigating a robbery in Southeast Aurora that left one adult male deceased.

On Saturday June 18, 2016, at approximately 9:44 p.m. officers were dispatched to 19005 East Quincy Avenue, Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary, on report of a robbery with shots fired. When they arrived on scene they located a security guard inside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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

Detectives and Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The preliminary investigation reveals that the suspects are two black males armed with handguns.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Agent Matthew Ingui with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6067 or tipsters can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. By calling Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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





 

Posted by Guest  On Oct 25, 2016 at 7:21 PM
  
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
  

UPDATE: The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has identified James Anthony Draper DOB 10/23/82 as a person of interest in this homicide. Draper was taken into custody today in reference to case number 2016-26446 (see forthcoming press release). This investigation is still active and ongoing. We will not be releasing a booking photo at this time so we do not compromise the investigation.

The Major Crimes/Homicide unit is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6068. 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 Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095


information previously released on September 10th, 2016:

On Saturday September 10th, 2016 at approximately 7:16 a.m. officers responded to the Americana Apartments located at 407 South Memphis Way Apartment 300, to check the welfare of a party inside.

Upon arrival officers found a slightly ajar door with a deceased 29 year old adult black female with an apparent gun show wound to the body on the floor. No other occupants were in the residence at the time, and no suspects are in custody.

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

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit responded and has taken over the investigation. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this   case is asked to to contact Agent Alton Reed with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6068. 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 Crystal McCoy 
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit 
(720) 432-5095

Posted by Guest  On Sep 11, 2016 at 6:18 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 [email protected]  On Oct 23, 2016 at 10:46 PM
  
Aurora Police Investigators are still seeking information related to the homicide that occurred on Saturday June 18, 2016 at approximately 9:44 p.m. at the Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary located at 19005 East Quincy Avenue.

Denver Metro Crime Stoppers has received another generous reward increase bringing the total reward to $50,000.

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.
Travis Mason
Officer Crystal McCoy
Aurora Police Department
Media Relations Unit
720-432-5095
Posted by [email protected]  On Oct 25, 2016 at 5:30 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 [email protected]  On Nov 09, 2016 at 6:40 PM
  
WHAT: The Aurora Police and Denver Police Department’s will be holding a joint press conference to brief the media about the circumstances surrounding the shooting of an Aurora Police Officers that occurred at 14572 East 46th Avenue in Denver.

WHEN:           Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 11:30a.m.

WHERE:         Aurora Police Headquarters (15001 East Alameda Parkway) at 11:30p.m.

WHO:             Chief of Police Nicholas Metz, Aurora Police Department
                       Lt. Matt Clark, Denver Police Department Homicide Unit
  
The conference will be held in a secure location inside of police headquarters so the media is asked to arrive prior to 11:15p.m. at the north doors of police headquarters near the crime lab vehicles. A representative of the Media Relations Unit will then provide access into the building.
Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 09, 2016 at 11:53 AM
  

On November 24, 2016, at approximately 2:29 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Travelodge, 14200 East 6th Avenue. When they arrived they discovered an adult male who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumb to his injuries.

 
Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case. They are actively investigating this case and interviewing witnesses to determine what occurred this morning.

 

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

 

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call Agent Todd Fredericksen at (303) 739-6106 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). Tipsters to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Posted by [email protected]  On Nov 24, 2016 at 8:08 AM
  

UPDATE-Press release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office:

17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young announced Friday that formal charges of first-degree murder after deliberation have been filed against Jose Luis Lozoya in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Alonzo Devault on Monday.
Aurora police responding to a 911 call found Devault with multiple stab wounds on the ground in a parking lot at 14551 E. Colfax Avenue on at about 12:20 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.

Lozoya (DOB 11/04/92) is charged with one count of first-degree murder after deliberation (F1). He was advised of the charge Friday morning and a preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 21 in Division T of Adams County District Court. Lozoya is held without bond.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact Aurora Police Detective Jamie Krieger at 303-739-6113.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual committed a crime under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Sue Lindsay
Public Information
17th Judicial District Attorney's Office
303-835-5639


Information previously released on January 16, 2017

On January 16, 2017, at approximately 12:20 p.m. Aurora Police were dispatched to a report of a physical altercation between two parties in the 1600 Block of N. Eagle St. Upon arrival officers located an adult male who had been stabbed. 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.

 
The suspect, an adult male,  was located by officers in the area. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The identity of the suspect is not being released at time. They are actively investigating this case and interviewing witnesses.  

 

Detectives from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation into this case.

 

The name of the deceased victim will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once they have positively identified him and his next of kin have been notified.

 

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call Agent Jamie Krieger at (303) 739-6113.

Posted by [email protected]  On Jan 20, 2017 at 2:08 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 [email protected]  On May 01, 2017 at 11:51 AM
  
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