The man suspected of finishing up the horrific capturing inside a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub over the weekend seems to have additionally been arrested final summer season following an alleged bomb menace and lengthy standoff with regulation enforcement.
Officials mentioned Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, opened hearth contained in the Club Q nightclub simply earlier than midnight Saturday, killing 5 and wounding a minimum of 25, earlier than “heroic” patrons stopped the gunman.
Little has been confirmed about Aldrich or his motives as of Sunday afternoon, however officers have mentioned they’re investigating the assault as a hate crime.
Aldrich doesn’t seem to have a public presence on social media. He was taken into custody simply minutes after the capturing started, officers mentioned.
It seems Aldrich was beforehand arrested in June 2021 after a lady reported her son had threatened her with “a homemade bomb, multiple weapons and ammunition,” in response to a press launch from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The man arrested within the incident — following a protracted standoff with deputies and the evacuation of close by properties — had the identical title and matching age as Aldrich.
Authorities haven’t confirmed if the 2 males are the identical.
In the June 2021 incident, deputies discovered Aldrich, then age 21, in a suburban Colorado Springs residence — about 15 miles from Club Q — the place he refused to give up to officers, the report mentioned.
Deputies discovered Aldrich inside Leslie Bowman’s residence, who was renting out a spare room to Aldrich’s mom Laura Voepel. Bowman mentioned Aldrich was staying close by along with his grandparents.
“Laura texted me and asked, ‘Hey, when are you coming home?’ I said I’d be there in 30 minutes to an hour,” Bowman recalled in an interview Sunday. “She told me, `Well, don’t come home. Some people are looking for Andy (Anderson Aldrich).’’’
Bowman, 41, was alarmed.
“When she said people were looking for Andy, I thought maybe it was the police,” she mentioned. “And I wasn’t cool with that.”
Bowman described Aldrich as an enormous man. She mentioned he was quiet and didn’t socialize a lot.
“He was physically imposing, so I could see why some people might find him intimidating,” she mentioned.
Bowman mentioned she known as the police to see what was taking place.
“I didn’t know the severity of the situation but they said, ‘Don’t go to your house,’” Bowman mentioned.
Numerous regulation enforcement autos had been exterior her residence. Voepel was inside along with her son for 2 hours earlier than she left,” Bowman mentioned.
“It was then that I found out about the weapons and explosives,” she mentioned.
Deputies ended up evacuating 10 properties within the space and sending out a textual content alert to residents within the quarter-mile radius, earlier than Aldrich walked exterior and was arrested with out subject, the discharge mentioned. Bowman mentioned the standoff lasted about three hours, till a disaster negotiations unit talked Aldrich into popping out the entrance door.
He was arrested on prices of two counts of felony menacing and three counts of first-degree kidnapping, although it’s unclear who was kidnapped. No explosives had been discovered, the discharge mentioned.
“No one followed up with me to ask questions or give me any details, not the district attorney, not anyone,” Bowman mentioned. “Since the situation ended peacefully, I just went on with my life.”
Last month, she mentioned, sheriff’s deputies once more got here by her residence, however this time for a wellness examine on Voepel, who she mentioned now not lives there. She didn’t know what prompted the examine.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, no formal prices had been pursued towards Aldrich and the case was sealed. A name to the district legal professional’s workplace Sunday was not returned however a spokesman for the D.A. declined to touch upon the difficulty to different media shops.
When Bowman first realized of the capturing and the suspect’s identification Sunday, she was shocked. She bought off the bed and paced the flooring of her home.
She known as herself a powerful supporter of the 2nd Amendment but wonders how Aldrich bought a gun.
“I hope justice is served,” Bowman mentioned. “I don’t think it was with the bomb threat situation last year. If it was, he would be in jail and five people would not be dead today.”
Times employees writers Hannah Wiley in Sacramento, Kevin Rector in Colorado Springs and Jack Dolan in Los Angeles contributed to this report.