Initial reports are that the Colorado Springs gunman who shot up a gay nightclub is the same man who appeared in this story from last year.
Friday afternoon around 2:00 p.m., deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Offices responded to reports of a bomb threat on Rubicon Drive in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood, just south of the Colorado Springs Airport.
The suspect, 21-year old Anderson Lee Aldrich, refused to comply with deputies’ orders to surrender. It was reported to the Sherrif’s Office that he had a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition.
A Tactical Support Unit, which includes the Regional Explosives Unit was called in. Around 10 homes were evacuated in the surrounding area, while an emergency text notification was sent out to homes within a 1/4-mile radius of the address.
The Regional Explosives Unit cleared both homes and did not find any explosive devices.
At around 6:00 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody and has been booked into the El Paso County Jail. Aldrich faces two counts of Felony Menacing and three counts of First-Degree Kidnapping.
That was 2021. So why was he on the loose in 2022?
While this is still a developing story, Colorado embraced elements of the pro-crime agenda, including eliminating bail, which means setting criminals loose as fast as they’re arrested. This pro-crime policy, euphemistically described as “criminal justice reform”, helped spike massive crime waves in urban areas.
Colorado also cut its prison population by a third. Another COVID pro-crime policy that helped goose crime rates.
While it’s unknown if these particular pro-crime measures factored into Aldrich being on the loose after last year’s incident, it’s a possibility to consider especially within the larger context of rising crime in Colorado.
New statewide data on Colorado’s crime rates puts hard numbers to what many in law enforcement have been saying for the past 14 months: Crime in almost all categories started going up before the pandemic and continues to rapidly rise.
Violent crime, which counts homicides, aggravated assaults, sex assaults and robberies, is up 17 percent between 2019 and 2021. Murder is up 47 percent in those two years.
Pro-crime policies have hurt a lot of people. It’s time to end the horrifying experiment in human sacrifice that is criminal justice reform because it’s hurting all of us, regardless of race, religion or other groups.
If it saves only one life, it’s worth it to lock up violent criminals and keep them locked away.