Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office The Detail Newsletter - November 2019

Sheriff Tyler Brown often says the job of protecting people is bigger than one man and one office. We're stronger and better together.

SKY High!

It's National Drone Safety Week

Thousands of drone pilots set to the skies around Arapahoe County every week with sights set on capturing our landscape from a unique angle and simply having fun flying.

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mark Edson, the office's main drone operator, stresses the importance of knowing the law, having sufficient drone pilot training and operating them safely.

For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration is holding National Drone Safety Awareness Week November 4-10, 2019 to help raise awareness that drone pilot education and safety are paramount. Visit FAA.gov for more information.

Watch and learn about drone safety.

Our deputies saw kids sledding and decided to investigate...


Carjacking victim gets new car

"We’re going to turn a really bad situation into a good situation for you. We know how traumatic it was for you," Brent Wood of Larry H. Miller Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 104th.

On October 3, a young man named Nick was held at gunpoint in Strasburg when the robber took his wallet, phone, laptop and car. The suspect then led Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase before crashing in Denver on Interstate 70 at Washington Street. After a brief standoff with police, the suspect shot and killed himself inside Nick’s car. Nick said repairing his car was going to cost more than it was worth. That's when FOX31 and a local car dealership stepped in. Watch the heartwarming story below.

Help us solve this COLD CASE

Karen Nelson, 29

Karen Lynn Nelson left her home in the early morning hours of November 30, 1988 never to be seen or heard from again. On February 6, 1989, her sister Debra June Trujillo reported to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office that her sister had been missing for more than two months. During the investigation, ACSO was contacted by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office that it had a body that could be the missing person.

On December 3, 1988, a father and son saw something burning in a field near near Rosener Reservoir. They went to investigate and found a body with the head and hands missing. After an autopsy and further testing through DNA, it was determined the body was that of missing person Karen Nelson.

Karen’s time of death, nor the cause of death, were able to be determined, however, investigators suspect strangulation due to bruising around the neck and shoulders. They determined her head and hands were removed post-mortem. In addition, there was significant trauma to her legs and feet as the killer tried to remove those as well. Her tattoos were also removed possibly to prevent identification. It also appeared as though she had defensive wounds, but it's hard to confirm due to the charred nature of the body.

The day before her disappearance on November 29, 1988, Karen's husband, Charles Nelson, had been celebrating her birthday when he starting arguing with her over a baggie with a white substance thought to be drugs. She left in anger and was gone for several hours. According to Charles, she came back around 2:00 a.m. and gathered her stuff, claiming she was leaving for Florida and got in a car with a black male.

At this time, no arrests have been made and no one has been charged with her murder. If you have any information about this case, please contact Arapahoe County Cold Case Investigator Niki Bales at 720-874-4030 or nbales@arapahoegov.com.

Put the pedal to the medal and join our Citizens' Academy

Want some thrills? Join our Citizens' Academy for a behind-the-scenes look at the sheriff's office. It's an exciting and unique opportunity to see what law enforcement is like first-hand. Building on the principles of community oriented policing, partnerships and problem-solving, the sheriff’s office began conducting these academies in 1995. Today we provide these informative academies for adults and teens.

We'll be taking applications for the spring academy soon so keep an eye on our website. Meantime, check out the video below -- that could be YOU in the squad car!

National Coffee With A Cop Day

Thank you to Starbucks Arapahoe Village for hosting National Coffee with a Cop Day. We were joined by South Metro Fire Rescue and had a great turnout! October 2, 2019

Thanks for helping 'Blue Backs the Pink'

Our Blue Backs the Pink campaign to help prostate and breast cancer patients is officially over and we want to THANK YOU for helping make it a success! THANK YOU to the residents of Arapahoe County and beyond --and our employees -- for purchasing hats, patches, challenge coins and other items to support the cause and for participating in our monthly photo contests (see photos below.) THANK YOU to KMGH-TV Denver7 for partnering with us to share photos and heartwarming stories of cancer survivors and new breakthroughs in cancer treatment. And THANK YOU to Littleton Adventist Hospital for allowing us to help your patients get the treatment they need. We are honored and humbled to have been part of this great cause!

deputy deb survives breast cancer

“They did the mammogram, a biopsy, and then I got a call that I had cancer.” - Deb Arthur

Eleven years ago when she was a deputy at the Arapahoe County Detention Center, a routine mammogram led to the discovery of cancer in one of Deb Arthur’s breasts. After surgery, Deb spent seven long months going through chemotherapy treatments every four to six weeks. Watch her story below.

the Pink Patch Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Bee Waters for submitting the winning photo of your adorable pets wearing our pink and blue sheriff patches!


Congratulations to our runner-up, 6-year-old Jonas Keys of Englewood. His mom Aubree Keys calls Jonas the "biggest fan of SWAT ever."

We also held a photo contest for our employees. Here are a few of our favorites.

Row 1: Detention deputies & employees (left), Lt. Melissa Williams (right). Row 2: Merri-Ann Standerfer's dog Tinkerbell (left), Detention deputies (right). Row 3: Thomas Sepan's son Gabriel with his 5th grade teacher, Stacy Curry (left), Sgt. Megan Honaker and Sgt. Meagan Dantiz with Rizzo the chicken.

work with us

Want a career that makes a difference? Be a patrol deputy at the sheriff's office. Our deputies make an impact every day on someone's life. They're there for people on their worst days and best. It's a rewarding job with amazing benefits. You must be 21+ years old, POST certified, have a high school diploma or GED and be willing to work flexible hours. APPLY HERE or email Dana O'Neill at DOneill@Arapahoegov.com.

Upcoming Events

Arapahoe County Sheriff deputies will be participating in the annual Long Blue Line at Children's Hospital along with other law enforcement agencies from throughout the state. Mark your calendars and come support us. You don't want to miss this historic event!

Starting November 4, we will have a large container in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office Headquarters at 13101 E. Broncos Parkway, Centennial to collect donations of toys for the event. Please bring an unwrapped toy to our lobby during business hours, Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:30pm. Thank you in advance for your generosity!