Police arrest wanted man at northeast Aurora hotel after Wednesday standoff


AURORA | Aurora police and SWAT officers arrested a man wanted for motor vehicle theft following a multi-hour standoff at a northeast Aurora hotel Wednesday.

Marc Anthony Morales-Cisneros, 33, was wanted on a no-bond warrant for second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, according to Aurora police spokesman Matthew Wells-Longshore.

He said police first responded to the Aloft Denver Airport at Gateway Park hotel at about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday and concluded Morales-Cisneros was inside after surveilling the building.

When contacted in a hotel room, Morales-Cisneros refused to come outside. The department’s SWAT team was called out at about 2 p.m., in part because Morales-Cisneros was believed to be armed. Arapahoe County SWAT, Aurora Fire Rescue and Falck Rocky Mountain also responded.

Police evacuated the floor Morales-Cisneros was staying on as well as some of the rooms below him, though Wells-Longshore said the evacuation only impacted “a couple of” hotel guests. The public was told to stay away from the hotel, and police blocked off an adjacent road during the incident.

A few hours later, at about 4:30 p.m., police broke a window in Morales-Cisneros’ room, and the suspect surrendered. Wells-Longshore said he did not know whether Morales-Cisneros would face additional charges resulting from the standoff with police.

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