Evacuation order lifted for Lorson Ranch neighborhood

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Parts of the Lorson Ranch neighborhood was given notice to evacuate Friday evening, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO).

As of 8:15, the area was determined to be safe. Residents were able to return to their homes.

On Friday, at approximately 1:56 p.m. deputies responded to a report of a bomb threat in the 9800 block of Rubicon Drive. According to EPSO, the reporting party said her son was threatening to cause harm to her with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition. The reporting party was not in the home at the time when she made the call and was not sure where her son was. 

Deputies responded to the home and after further investigation realized the suspect, 21-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich was in the 6300 block of Pilgrimage Road (which is approximately 1 mile away from the address on Rubicon Drive). Our deputies contacted the suspect by phone and he refused to comply with orders to surrender.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. as a precaution, deputies began evacuating approximately 10 homes in the area. 

At approximately 4:39 p.m. an emergency text notification was also sent out to homes within a 1/4-mile radius of the address. 

At approximately 5:46 p.m. EPSO Crisis Negotiations Unit was successful in getting the suspect to comply with orders. He walked out the front door of the home and was apprehended. The Regional Explosives Unit cleared both homes and did not find any explosive devices.

Aldrich was booked into the El Paso County Jail on the following charges:
– 2 counts of Felony Menacing
– 3 counts of First-Degree Kidnapping

They’re asking media to not go out there because the don’t want people in the area in case of a bomb.

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