Evacuation order for Lorson Ranch neighborhood Friday evening

Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 6:07 PM MDT|Updated: Nov. 20, 2022 at 8:56 PM MST

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - An evacuation order was given to people living in part of Lorson Ranch Friday evening. The order was in place for more than three hours.

The following was sent out to residents living along part of Pilgrimage Road at about 4:40 p.m.

“Any resident in a quarter mile radius of the 6300 block of pilgrimmage [Pilgrimage] - please evacuate immediately. There is law enforcement activty [activity] in the area. Please stay clear of emergency responders while you are leaving the area.”

The neighborhood is north of Fontaine Boulevard and east of Marksheffel Road.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office shared additional details on the incident stating it all started just before 2 p.m. when authorities responded to a report of a bomb threat in the 9800 block of Rubicon Drive. The area is south of Fontaine Boulevard from where the evacuation alert was.

“The reporting party said her son was threatening to cause harm to her with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition,” Sgt. Deborah Mynatt with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a release. “The reporting party was not in the home at the time when she made the call and was not sure where her son was.”

Authorities learned the suspect, Anderson Lee Aldrich, was in the 6300 block of Pilgrimage Road about one mile away.

The sheriff’s office shared a timeline of events:

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

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

-At approximately 5:46 PM, our 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. The suspect is facing charges which include felony menacing and three counts of first-degree kidnapping.

The alert went out to residents through Peak Alerts. You can click here to sign up for notifications through Peak Alerts.

The evacuation order was lifted at about 8:10 p.m. and residents were allowed to go back to their homes.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated.

Evacuation order for a Lorson Ranch neighborhood.(Google/Everbridge)

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