the man Suspected of first fire Arrests were made over the weekend in connection with last year’s bomb threat at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado’s second-largest city, ABC News found. He said it was unclear.
According to a press release posted online last year by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, lawmakers responded to reports of a bomb threat on Rubicon Drive in the Lawson Ranch neighborhood just south of the city’s airport in Colorado Springs on a June afternoon. On January 18, 2021, a woman called and said, “My son was threatening to harm me with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons and ammunition,” the sheriff’s office said. She wasn’t at her house at the time, so she didn’t know where her son was.
Deputies were dispatched to the woman’s home and discovered that the suspect – identified as Anderson Lee Aldrich, 21 at the time – was actually at another residence on the Pilgrimage Road about a mile away. They reached out to Aldrich by phone, who “refused to comply with orders to surrender,” the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office said a tactical support force was summoned to evacuate about 10 nearby homes and send an emergency notification to mobile phones of residents within a 400-meter radius.
The Crisis Negotiations Department was finally able to get Aldrich to comply with the order. He walked out the front door of the house and was taken into custody that night, officials said. Said it wasn’t found.
Aldrich was incarcerated in El Paso County Jail on two felony threat charges and three first-degree kidnapping charges, according to the sheriff’s office. Colorado Springs ABC Affiliate KRDO I reported on the situation at the time.
Aldrich, now 22, is said to have started shooting long guns as soon as he entered Club Q in Colorado Springs late Saturday night. 5 or more killed Seventeen people were injured in the gunshot, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Police said “two heroes” confronted Aldrich, fought him, and stopped him from shooting more people. Officers rushed to the scene and took Aldrich into custody.
Aldrich was injured in the incident and remains hospitalized. As of Monday, he was being held without bail on his 10 “arrest only” charges, according to online court records in El Paso County, Colorado. Colorado’s Fourth Judiciary District Attorney for El Paso and Teller Counties, Michael Allen, told reporters on Monday that these charges were “only provisional” and that if formal charges were filed, the charges would not be filed. Said it could change.
The court has sealed the arrest warrant and supporting documents related to Aldrich’s latest arrest. The prosecutor’s allegations indicate that the release of the records could jeopardize the ongoing case investigation.”
Law enforcement officers confirmed to ABC News that Aldrich was previously arrested in June 2021 in a bomb threat after being alerted by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department that he was in possession of a homemade bomb. I explained the research.
Officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News that the gun Aldrich allegedly used in Saturday’s shooting was a legally purchased assault rifle, and the 2021 arrest appears to have not been adjudicated. He said he may not have shown up for the background check because he looked like a man.
2021 bomb threat homeowner speaks out
Colorado Springs resident Leslie Bowman told ABC News that she was renting a room from Aldrich’s mother, Laura Vaupel, during the June 2021 bomb threat. place, she said.
Bowman said authorities first went to Vaupel’s mother’s house on Rubicon Drive and then to Bowman’s residence on the Pilgrimage Route.
“[Aldrich] Apparently he had an argument with his grandparents and threatened him with a weapon,” Bowman told ABC News by phone Sunday. Laura let him in. And I know he brought a gun. ”
Bowman said Aldrich live-streamed a “shocking” video from inside Bowman’s home via his mother’s Facebook account while authorities were outside, wearing a gun, a helmet and a vest resembling a bulletproof vest. Bowman’s home security cameras also caught Aldrich entering the residence that day and surrendering to authorities hours later. ABC News obtained the since-deleted Facebook Live video, as well as footage from the aforementioned Bowmans ringing his doorbell camera.
“At the time, we were told it contained explosives. But then we were also told that it might not have been,” she told ABC News. Or there was no follow-up on the incident to testify, just that there was no follow-up, and very little information about what they did.
According to Bowman, Vaupel lived there for a total of about 15 months and moved out two days after the incident.
According to Bowman, on Oct. 18, an El Paso County sheriff’s deputy visited Bowman’s home to check on Vopel’s health. last year.
After reading local news reports, Bowman said he learned that the lawsuit against Aldrich had been dropped in court on an earlier date and the records were sealed.
“I thought it was really strange,” she told ABC News. [I’m] I just go on with my life. ”
Bowman said she was “shocked and horrified” when Aldrich was identified as a suspect in a nightclub shooting on Sunday morning.
“I was so upset and angry that this person who did what he did last year with clearly violent intentions was let go and now five people are dead,” she told ABC. “I think there are a lot of questions that need to be answered,” he told News.
Bowman says the only other incident of Aldrich being aggressive towards her happened at her house one night when she returned from a long road trip, and Voepel complained to her about a bathroom problem. .
“I was like, ‘Well, it’s late. I’m exhausted. I’ve got to deal with this tomorrow.’ And she and I were kind of into it,” Bowman recalls. . “Andy punched me in the face. As I was standing at her bedroom door, he told me to get out and slammed the door in my face.”
“I kind of chalked it up to teenage guys being aggressive and trying to protect things like their mothers,” she added. There was nothing wrong with the, you know, just a kind of display of attack, everything else was fine up to the bomb threat situation.”
Mayor says motive has ‘hate crime trap’
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told ABC News that the suspect “had a good deal of ammunition” and was “very well armed” when he walked into Club Q. .”
In an interview on Monday, the mayor said, “But to definitively determine what exactly the motives are, we need to see what the research shows in terms of social media and others.
Club Q co-owner Nic Grzecka told ABC News that Aldrich was unfamiliar with their long-established venue.
“He’s never spent money on scanned credit cards or IDs at any of our businesses that we know of,” Grzecka said in an interview on Sunday. I think that’s how it was.”
Officials refuse to talk about suspect’s criminal record
The suspect may not have been known at the LGBTQ nightspot that has been serving the Colorado Springs community for two decades, but Aldrich was apparently known to local law enforcement. Colorado has very strict privacy laws when it comes to dismissed cases.
ABC News and other news outlets have petitioned a Colorado court to release the records of Aldrich’s 2021 arrest.
At a press conference Sunday morning, police declined to say whether Aldrich was the same person arrested in last year’s bomb threat.
Colorado State Court System announced on twitter “There are no public records available in the name of Anderson Lee Aldrich related to this weekend’s Colorado Springs shooting, or any other matter in Colorado,” it said on Sunday. A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs District Attorney’s Office did not respond to questions from ABC News other than to refer to the state court system’s tweet.
When given details of Aldrich’s previous arrest, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder told ABC News he has no memory of, or information about, the June 2021 incident.
“I have 900 employees, so I know 550 have sworn [deputies] — It’s the largest county in Colorado,” Elder said by phone Sunday.
The elder also told ABC News he wasn’t sure if Colorado’s regulations would be tightened further. red flag law State red flag laws that went into effect in 2020 now allow relatives, family members and law enforcement to order judges to seize a gun owner’s weapons. If its owner considers it a danger to themselves or others.
“I don’t know anything specific about the shooter, so I don’t know if that was the problem,” Elder said.
When asked if Aldrich should have been allowed to carry a weapon after his arrest in June 2021, Colorado Springs mayor told ABC News that state law “allows law enforcement to comment on previous criminal activity at this time.” It’s hindering me,” he said.
“But I think the district attorney will be in court today and will be able to comment on previous interactions with police fairly quickly, hopefully in the next few days,” Suthers said in an interview Monday.
ABC News’ Matt Gutman, Jenna Harrison, Julia Jacobo, Aaron Katersky, Jennifer Leong, Lisette Rodriguez, Kevin Shalvey, Jennifer Watts and Robert Zepeda contributed to this report.