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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

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On Thursday evening at approximately 11:46p.m. Aurora Police responded to a report of a party shot in the alley behind 1460 Boston Street in Northwest Aurora. Upon arrival officers located an adult male victim who had been shot several times. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries early this morning.

Patrol Officers with the assistance of the Denver Police Department Air Support Unit searched the area for any potential suspects remaining in the area, none were located. The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating this case.

The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. His name will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with anyone who has information about this case. Witnesses are asked to call Agent Randy Hansen with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6710 or they can 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.  

Acting Lieutenant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Aug 25, 2017 at 11:39 AM
  
At 3:16 this afternoon the Aurora Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the area of E Louisiana Ave and S Yampa Way. When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are following on up leads and interviewing witnesses to determine what events lead up to the shooting and to identify potential suspect(s) .

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

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Heath Graw with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6213 or 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.

This is an active and open investigation and therefore no further information is available at this time.

Officer Kenneth Forrest
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
303.739.6616
Posted by kforrest@auroragov.org  On Aug 17, 2017 at 6:41 PM
  

Approximately 6 months ago on the early morning of February 18, 2017, a man was murdered in the 4000 block of S. Crystal Cir. in Aurora. Kelly Acosta, a 29 year old man, was fatally shot while he was intervening in a robbery as a Good Samaritan.

Detectives of Aurora's Major Crimes Unit have investigated every possible lead in the case and continue to work diligently towards justice for Acosta and his family. The case remains unsolved and there are still many questions that remain unanswered. It is believed that there is somebody out there who has information about Acosta's killer. Detectives and Acosta's family are pleading with the public to please come forward with any information that they might have in regards to this case.

Prior to today, there was a total of up to $27,000 in reward money available to anybody who has information leading to the arrest of Acosta's killer. As of today, that reward total has been increased to $40,000.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is offering a reward for up to $10,000.00 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.
The following organizations are offering additional reward amounts:

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000.

The Aurora Police Department Reward fund is offering a reward of $7,000.00.

Memorial Fund (established by friends and family of the victim) is offering a reward of $21,000.

We are asking anyone who might have witnessed or have information about this murder to call Sergeant Matt Fyles with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6041. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by calling Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.


 

Information previously released on March 7, 2017

The Aurora Police Department needs the assistance of the public with solving a murder that occurred in the early morning hours of February 18, 2017 in the 4000 block of S. Crystal Cir. The deceased victim in this case was intervening in an assault as a good Samaritan and was killed for his efforts. At this time, there is no further information available to release. This case is unsolved and the investigation remains very active.

We are asking anyone who might have witnessed or have information about the homicide to call Agent Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at (303)739-6113. 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.

The following organizations are offering additional reward amounts:

The Aurora Police Department Reward fund is offering a reward of $5,000.00.

Memorial Fund (established by friends and family of the victim) is offering a reward of $15,000.

The total amount of rewards being offered is $27,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for this crime.
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Information previously released on February 18, 2017

On Saturday February 18, 2017 at approximately 04:25 a.m. Officers responded to a parking lot in the 4000 block of S. Crystal Cir. on the report of parties fighting at this location with shots fired.

Upon arrival, Officers located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

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 identity of the 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 Sergeant Matt Fyles with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6041. 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 Bill Hummel
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
 720-432-5095

Posted by whummel@auroragov.org  On Aug 10, 2017 at 1:06 PM
  
SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

Early this morning officers from the Aurora Police Department arrested a man in connection with last nights homicide at Tierra Maya Sports Bar and Grill.  Miguel Angel Licona-Ortega (Date of Birth 08/08/1994) was arrested for 1st Degree Murder and was booked into the Aurora Detention Center. 

LICONA-ORTEGA, MIGUEL ANGEL

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



Information previously released on July 29th, 2017:


At 7:06 this evening the Aurora Police Public Safety Communications Division received a report of a shooting at the Tierra Maya Sports Bar and Grill, which is located at 455 Havana Street in Northwest Aurora.

Upon arrival Officers located an adult male outside of the front door of the establishment suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. 

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are following on up leads and interviewing witness to determine what events lead up to the shooting and to identify a potential suspect(s) .

The identity of the victim, who is an adult male in his 20's is not being released at this time and will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Agent Marc Yacano with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6090 or 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. 

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095 
Posted by camsler@auroragov.org  On Jul 30, 2017 at 2:13 PM
  
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:  Aurora Police are releasing the identity of the suspect arrested in connection with this homicide.  Phillip K. Wilson (Date of birth 10/20/82) was arrested for:
  1. 1st Degree Murder
  2. Misdemeanor Assault
  3. Misdemeanor Battery

Phillip K. Wilson

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095

Information previously released on June 19, 2017:


Early this evening at around 5:30p.m. the Aurora Police Public Safety Communications Center received a report of a party shot at 1948 South Ouray Street in South Central Aurora.

Upon arrival at that location Officers located an adult male in the driveway suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  Officers at the scene were able to get a good description of the shooter and located him a short distance from the scene on an RTD bus. He was taken into custody without incident. Investigators are not looking for any other suspects 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 the next of kin have been notified. The name of the suspect is not being released at this time. 

Anyone with information about this case is 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 Jun 21, 2017 at 2:56 PM
  
On Sunday May 21, 2017 at approximately 5:22 p.m. Aurora police officers responded to the City Center North neighborhood at East Ellsworth Avenue and South Sable Boulevard on a report of a man down with injuries.

Upon officers arrival they found an adult male bleeding with injuries, but were unclear on what caused the injuries. Officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived. The adult male was then transported emergent to a nearby hospital where despite all medical efforts to save his life, he succumbed to his injuries at 6:41 p.m. Officers also located another adult female and adult male with stab wounds in the area. Both were transported to a nearby hospital, and are in stable condition. We will not be providing any further updates on their medical conditions.

Officers were able to identify an adult male suspect nearby who was taken into custody without incident at 5:47 p.m. The suspect and victims are all known to one another, and agents have identified all parties involved at this time. There is no threat to the public as a result of this incident. No further information will be provided at this time as to what led officers to the arrest of that suspect to protect the integrity of the investigation.

This homicide remains an active and ongoing investigation. Due to this, none of the involved parties will be identified, nor will a booking photo be released at this time. This case is expected to be filed into the 18th Judicial Districts Attorney's Office at which point all media inquiries should be directed there. 

The identity of the deceased will be provided 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 homicide they are asked to call Major Crimes Unit Agent C. Lampson at 303-739-6013.

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

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On May 21, 2017 at 10:12 PM
  

On Sunday May 14, 2017 at approximately 1:13 a.m. officers responded to 16100 block of Brunswick Drive on report of a fight at a house party.

Upon arrival officers observed people fleeing the house on foot and in vehicles. Officers on scene were unable to locate any victims.  As officers continued the investigation at the scene they received information that two adult males were being treated at a local hospital for stab wound injuries.  The two males are believed to be involved in the altercation at Brunswick Drive. Despite medical efforts one of the victims succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The second victim is expected to survive. 

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 fight.

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

Posted by dcooley@auroragov.org  On May 14, 2017 at 10:30 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
  
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