Denver, CO Crime & Safety

DPD's Timothy Hyatt arrest: investigation of internet luring of child

Denver Police Officer Timothy Hyatt has been arrested for investigation of internet luring a child. Hyatt turned himself into the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. Hyatt, 45, was arrested following an investigation that originated in Jefferson County. According to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office, the investigation began in February when Hyatt began communication with whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Investigators said that Hyatt used multiple social media platforms and a variety of online identities and that during the virtual interactions, Hyatt made many sexually explicit advances toward the young teen. Based on the information given, investigators were able to confirm Hyatt's identity. His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday where he will be advised of the charges against him. A judge is also expected to make a decision regarding bond. Hyatt joined the Denver Police Department in 2005 and was most recently assigned as a sergeant within the patrol division. He has been placed on non-paid administrative leave due to the felony arrest.  
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Police believe teen was killed; body found at rec center in Denver

A teenager was found dead near a baseball field in Denver recently, and investigators believe his death was a homicide. Denver Police Department is searching for a suspect who killed 14-year-old Josiaz "Jojo" Aragon at Southwest Recreation Center (9200 W Saratoga Place) on Monday. According to the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, Aragon was found dead near the baseball diamond at the rec center around 1:15 p.m.Investigators say Aragon would have turned 15 years old on Wednesday. His cause of death was not confirmed by Crime Stoppers in its release.There was no immediate information about a suspect in the press release. Anyone with info. can call investigators at 720-913-7867. Tipsters to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward.
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Fitness instructor fired after gym fight

DENVER — A fitness instructor in Denver has been fired after a fight broke out during his class, according to attendees of his workout class. It was all caught on tape. Now, some members of the instructor's class said it's not fair that he was let go by the gym.

Denver police chief calls on public to do more to curb crime

Denver Police chief Paul Pazen on Tuesday urged the public to contact their elected officials with their concerns over rising crime rates.Driving the news: Pazen said the city has recorded 60 homicides so far this year, and is on pace to not only exceed last year's total (96), but break Denver's all-time annual high of 100 homicides set in 1981. The police chief said homicides are having a disproportionate impact on African American, Asian American and Latino residents, who make up 85% of murder victims in Denver.What he's saying: Pazen blamed repeat offenders for driving up the city's crime, and...

Man's body found in area of Flying J Ranch Park in missing person search

Investigators found a man dead in the area of the Flying J Ranch Park trailhead northwest of Conifer on Tuesday. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office originally responded to the area on a missing person report. According to the sheriff's office, when investigators where on scene of the trailhead, they found a vehicle that belonged to the missing person. Investigators were conducting the search as early as 5 a.m. In an update just after 12:30 p.m., the sheriff's office confirmed the search was over when the body of a man was found. CBS4 was told investigators could not identify the body on Tuesday, and the condition made it impossible to immediately report a possible cause of death.The sheriff's office did say there was no indication "foul play" was involved,

'This is what it means in real people': Denver's homicides on track to outpace 2021, chief says

Denver’s police chief wants people to remember each homicide – part of an uptick that began after 2019– involves a real person behind the statistic. Chief Paul Pazen said Denver’s homicides this year – 60 as of Monday, he said – are on pace to exceed last year’s total of 96. Between 2010 and 2021 Colorado’s homicides more than tripled, from 101 to 364, according to data compiled by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

A Member of the Stewart’s Shops Family Dies in Drowning

A family member of the founders and owners of Stewart's Shops drowned this past weekend in upstate New York. According to the Times Union, 66 yr old Perrin Dake originally of Boulder Colorado, was on Stewart's Shops board of directors. While spending time on Sunday at his home on Friends Lake in Chestertown, NY, he went swimming off his boat. Dake eventually drowned shortly after near his Adirondack home.

Denver police ask for help in murder investigation of 14-year-old

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m. Thursday: Josiaz “JoJo” Aragon’s cause of death was “multiple sharp and blunt force injuries with a gunshot wound,” according to a Thursday press release from Denver’s Office of the Medical Examiner. Denver police are asking for the public’s help in investigating...

Single engine plane crashes near Centennial Airport

A small plane has crashed in a field to the east of Centennial Airport on Grasslands Drive, and the pilot died. The crash scene is in an industrial area and close to a FedEx building.The crash was confirmed by South Metro Fire Rescue. The agency said there was no fire when the plane went down but there was a small fuel spill. They said no one else was on board.First responders from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were at the scene along with firefighters.The identity of the pilot has not been released. So far it's not clear why the plane crashed.

Cyclist injured in hit-and-run near Syracuse Street in Denver

A bicyclist was was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run crash with a vehicle near Syracuse Street on Wednesday morning, Denver Police Department tweeted. According to DPD, police responded to the crash in the area of E 13th Ave and Syracuse.A driver in a medium blue Ford Explorer SUV was involved in the crash with the cyclist and left the scene. Police say the suspect vehicle could have damage on the driver-side mirror. The Ford was last seen traveling westbound on 13th.Anyone with information can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.
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Denver police sergeant arrested for investigation of internet luring of a child

A Denver police sergeant has been arrested in Jefferson County for investigation of internet luring of child. Sgt. Timothy Hyatt, 45, turned himself in to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at about 9 a.m., according to a JCSO release. He was arrested by the Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations unit known as Cheezo.

Brighton police seek help solving house party shooting

Investigators in Brighton are asking for information from the public that might help them with a weekend shooting case. A 24-year-old man was struck by a bullet in the head when a fight at a large house party spilled into the street. That man was described as being in critical condition at the hospital afterwards. Police say on Sunday at 1 a.m. they responded to a call of shots fired on North Main Street. Nearly an hour later they got a report that the shooting victim had come to a nearby hospital after being taken there by a private vehicle. Anyone with information about this crime that leads to the suspect is asked to call 303-655-8740. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of $5,000. Tips can also be made to Metro Denver Crime Stoppers.

Reward increased in search for Aurora hit-and-run driver who killed man and 2 dogs

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver who ran over 41-year-old Jason Lyman and his two dogs is now up to $10,000. The man and the dogs died. It happened last Friday at 2:30 a.m. on Reservoir Road in Aurora near Horizon Middle School. Police say the suspect was driving a Toyota Sequoia and fled the scene. Investigators are looking for any cameras that may have captured anyone walking in the area between 2:20 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. A friend told CBS News Colorado that Lyman was walking his dogs in the middle of the night because he had just gotten done working a late shift at his job. Anyone with information, pictures or video is asked to contact the Aurora Police Traffic Section or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. Call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).