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Evacuation lifted following bomb threat in Lorson Ranch neighborhood

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Posted at 6:38 PM, Jun 18, 2021

EL PASO COUNTY — Residents within a quarter-mile of the 6300 block of Pilgrimage Road in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood were evacuated Friday night by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's office said the situation began around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon when they responded to a report of a bomb threat in the 9800 block of Rubicon Dr. The reporting party said her son was threatening to hurt her with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition. She was not in the home at the time when she made the call and was not sure where her son was.

According to the Sheriff's Office, 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, approximately one mile away from Rubicon Dr. Deputies contacted Aldrich by phone and he refused to comply with orders to surrender.

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

A short time later, an emergency text notification was also sent out to homes within a 1/4-mile radius of the address.

The Sheriff's Office said then at approximately 5:46 PM, negotiators were able to get Aldrich to comply with orders and he walked out of the front door of the home and was arrested.

The Regional Explosives Unit cleared both homes and did not find any explosive devices.

Shortly after 8 p.m., the evacuation was lifted and residents were able to return to their homes.