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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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
  
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 camsler@auroragov.org  On Nov 09, 2016 at 11:53 AM
  
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
  
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 ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Oct 25, 2016 at 5:30 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
  

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 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
  
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
  
The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has arrested Caterrius L. Martin DOB 08/23/82 for First Degree Murder in relation to the homicide investigation reported on July 18th, 2016 at 10782 East Exposition Avenue. Martin is currently being held at the Arapahoe County Jail with no bond. A photograph of Martin will not be released at this time as the incident is still being investigated. This is all the information that is available at this time.

The Majors Crime/Homicide unit is not looking for any other parties involved at this time. Aurora Police is asking anyone with information about this case to contact Agent M. Yacano with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6090. 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

Previously released on July 18, 2016:

On Monday July 18th, 2016 at 12:04 a.m. officers responded to 10782 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Upon arrival, officers found an adult male with a gunshot wound. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Due to this being an active and ongoing investigation there is not any suspect information available, nor have there been any arrests made. 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.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. 

Police are asking anyone with information about this case call Agent M. Yacano at 303.739.6090 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 $2,000.00.

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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 Guest  On Jul 21, 2016 at 3:19 PM
  
On Saturday July 9, 2016 at 3:31 p.m. officers responded to 364 South Ironton Street Apartment 428 in Aurora. Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive adult male. Officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the male. The male was then transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

There was an adult female involved who remained at the scene. This is an ongoing investigation, and there have not been any arrests made. Police are not looking for any other parties at this time. The identity of the involved adult female will not be released, and the identity of the deceased was released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office.

Detectives and investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case call Agent Jaimie Krieger at 303-739-6113 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 $2,000.00.

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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 Guest  On Jul 11, 2016 at 8:06 PM
  
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