Woman dies after assault on RTD bus in Aurora

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AURORA | One woman has died after she was assaulted on an RTD bus in Aurora early Thursday morning, and Aurora police are currently trying to find the man accused of harming her.

Officer Crystal McCoy, a spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department, said the incident began when two women began arguing aboard an RTD bus, possibly the 15L, as it was traveling along East Colfax Avenue at about 6 a.m. Aug. 26. It’s unclear what prompted the verbal disagreement.

During the altercation, an unidentified man interjected and began verbally threatening one of the two women, McCoy said. The man then punched the woman he was threatening, severely injuring her.

The injured woman somehow then disembarked the bus, though it’s unclear if she voluntarily stepped off or the man pushed or dragged her from the vehicle, McCoy said.

The woman died at a local hospital later in the morning, according to McCoy.

“Based on what we have, we’re probably looking at a homicide investigation, ultimately,” McCoy said.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office on Friday identified the woman who died as 57-year-old Helene Michelle Brooks. She died of blunt force injuries, and her death has officially been deemed a homicide, a spokesperson confirmed.

After the woman got off the bus, the vehicle’s driver then continued on his route as he called 911 to report the incident. But before police were able to reach the bus to investigate, the man suspected of assaulting the woman got off at an ensuing stop.

The bus was eventually halted in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library near the corner of Colfax and Elmira Street. Investigators are currently working to retrieve surveillance video from the vehicle, which McCoy said will likely provide a clear visual image of the suspected assailant.

McCoy said authorities believe there was one other witness to the encounter, though it’s unclear if that person was an unaffiliated fourth passenger, or the woman who was initially arguing with the woman who later died.

The bus has remained wrapped in crime scene tape in front of the local library for much of Thursday morning. Police attempted to move the vehicle to a less conspicuous location to collect evidence, but a dead battery or some other mechanical issue caused the bus to remain stuck.

McCoy said video or still images from the incident are expected to be released, as well as information on a possible reward for relevant information, later today.

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Nancy
Nancy
10 months ago

Driver stops and files an incident report. Reticular bus? 15-l. Gather info. Calls for extra bus if delayed too long. Don’t ignore a fight on 15-L. Can be many. But don’t ignore.
Old RTD Rider.

Ikegus Hobbs-Dorsett
Ikegus Hobbs-Dorsett
9 months ago
Reply to  Nancy

Articulated bus

Ikegus Hobbs-Dorsett
Ikegus Hobbs-Dorsett
9 months ago
Reply to  Nancy

Current driver

Reycita Sackojones
Reycita Sackojones
10 months ago

My friends death need to be solved

Reycita Sackojones
Reycita Sackojones
9 months ago

Justice point blank period

Doug King
10 months ago

How did the driver not know? Could the driver call for assistance?

Ikegus Hobbs-Dorsett
Ikegus Hobbs-Dorsett
9 months ago
Reply to  Doug King

Once the PAX gets off the bus there’s no more responsibility. RTD wants us to keep moving.

Reycita Sackojones
Reycita Sackojones
9 months ago

Yes the driver knew.. he/she should be fired there is a panic button on rtd supposedly to protect driver and innocent passengers.. this is a wake up call and now RTD transit is unsafe for those that ride the bus… There is still no video nor a suspect to be aware of in our community.. it’s not fair.. she was someone’s friend my friend a auntie a sister a twin.. wtf smh justice will be served for my friend

Reycita Sackojones
Reycita Sackojones
9 months ago

Whoever is in head charge of this incident that happened to my friend on the RTD bus 15 you need to f****** do your job f*** RTD who ever has a dumbass comment to say that once the pax gets off the bus they have nothing to do with it it escalated for longer than 20 minutes on the route so it has nothing to do with it so shut up

William Holloway
William Holloway
4 months ago

Helene was my first cousin my mother & her mother were blood sisters same mother same father yes RTD is public transportation & upon her boarding she is hold be held in the safety of RTD why was she not protected what is the protocol for a person’s well being on public transportation the drive & the entity RTd are responsible why was this allowed to happen the driver failed her as well as RTD by not taking the proper steps to ensure her safety as well as the safety of the other would be passengers how long did the assault ensue before any steps where taken aid the victim this was pure neglect RTD the driver & any other city or state agencies that are in contingent with RTD should be held accountable she was somebody 💙 ❤️ ❤️