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

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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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UPDATE: Through diligent investigative work the Aurora Police Department Major Crimes/Homicide Unit arrested Keith Zotto,    (DOB 10/24/1974) and charged him with at least Colorado Revised Stature 18-3-102(1)(a) Murder in the First Degree.

Zotto will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Further media inquiries should be directed to there. 





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Officer Anthony Camacho
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
720-432-5095




Information previously release July 2, 2019


On July 2nd, 2019 at 12:06 p.m. Aurora Police officers were dispatched to the 19000 block of East Milan Circle on a missing person report.

After the responding officers initial investigation, they discovered a deceased adult female inside the residence.  This active and ongoing investigation is still in the very early stages, so no further information is currently available. There is no threat to the public related to this incident.

The identity of the female will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office pending positive identification, and notification of her next-of-kin.

The Aurora Police Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating this suspicious death. We ask anyone who may have information to please call Aurora Police Agent Sutherland at 303-739-6406. Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913- STOP (7867).

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
303-739-6022

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Jul 03, 2019 at 5:59 PM
  

On July 2, 2017 at approximately 10:00 a.m., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 East 6th Avenue to check the welfare of an adult female. Upon their arrival, officers located the female deceased inside one of the motel rooms.

Since then, the Major Crimes Homicide Unit (MCHU) obtained an arrest warrant for Arturo Garcia (DOB: 07/19/1996) for the 1st Degree Murder of Alexandrea Raber (DOB: 11/21/1998) who was 18 years old at the time of her death.

On Tuesday February 26th, 2019, Garcia was apprehended in Mexico. Garcia was deported to the United States, and is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail. Extradition proceedings are underway for Garcia to be transported back to Colorado where he will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

We would like to thank our local, state and federal partners who were instrumental in the successful apprehension of Garcia.

An updated booking photo for Garcia from the Dallas County Jail can be retrieved online once it is available by clicking HERE.

No further information about this investigation or the arrest are available at this time. All further media inquiries should be directed to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095



UPDATE:

The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has been actively investigating a suspicious death that occurred on July 2, 2017 at the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 East 6th Avenue. At this time investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Arturo Garcia (DOB: 07/19/96) who has an active arrest warrant 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.

There are no other updates at this time. The name of the victim will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified.
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Officer Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on July 2, 2017:

On July 2, 2017 at approximately 10:00 A.M., Aurora Police Officers responded to the Knights Inn Motel located at 14200 E. 6th Avenue. to check on the welfare of a person at this location.  Upon arrival, Officers located a deceased adult female inside a motel room.  There are suspicious circumstances surrounding the female's death.


This is still an active and on-going investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time. Detectives and Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide responded to the scene and resumed the investigation.  The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified. 

The Aurora Police Department 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 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 Feb 27, 2019 at 8:06 PM
  
UPDATE: The Major Crimes/Homicide Unit has determined that the victims gunshot wound was self-inflicted and is investigating this case as a suicide.

Sergeant Chris Amsler
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095


Information previously released on October 6, 2016:

On Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:38 a.m. officers responded to Side Creek Park located at 19001 East Colorado Drive on a report of a mannequin with a weapon in the park. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased adult male with a gunshot wound. At this time there is no further information available as this is an active and ongoing investigation.

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 and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Aurora Police 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 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 ckmccoy@auroragov.org  On Nov 03, 2016 at 11:12 AM
  

On Saturday September 10th 2016 at approximately 11:30 a.m. officers responded to the 1000 block of Powhatan Road on report of an apparent deceased body.

Upon officers arrival they discovered a deceased female. 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 kin 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 to contact Agent Jamie Krieger with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303-739-6113.

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

Posted by Guest  On Sep 10, 2016 at 4:59 PM
  
On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at approximately 1:02 p.m. District 2 officers responded to a report of a deceased person inside of 1179 South Waco Street Unit D. When officers arrived they located a deceased female inside the residence.

Detectives and Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation. They are actively investigating this case to determine the circumstances involving her death. Information is limited at this time. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office once a positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case call Agent Chad Lampson at 303.739.6013 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.

Diana Cooley
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
720.432.5095
Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM
  
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