Colorado gunman suspect Anderson Aldrich choked her own mother, father claims

SAN DIEGO, California — The father of Anderson Aldrich, who is accused of killing four people in a shooting at a Colorado gay bar, admitted his son had “a lot of anger” and strangled his own mother during a violent domestic outburst .

Aaron Brink, an MMA fighter and former porn star, told The Post his ex-wife Laura Voepel called him to say their son had become increasingly violent about a year ago.

“She said he was really crazy,” Brink said. “He was really aggressive and she complained about him. I do not condone violence. … She said he was (really violent towards her) and I said, ‘He was? Well, I feel sorry for you.” … He choked her.”

In a separate incident in 2021, Aldrich — who identifies as non-binary — reportedly threatened to kill his grandparents when they mentioned plans to sell their home and move to Florida.

MMA fighter Aaron Brink, the father of accused Colorado Springs shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich, outside his home in San Diego, California.  November 25, 2022
MMA fighter Aaron Brink, the father of accused Colorado Springs gunman Anderson Lee Aldrich, outside his home in San Diego, California on November 25, 2022.
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Aldrich’s grandmother told police Aldrich “will be the next mass murderer and has collected and stored ammunition, firearms and bulletproof body armor in the basement of the apartment building.”

Brink said when he last spoke to Aldrich about five or six months ago, the 22-year-old told him they needed to see him urgently.

“It was a bit embarrassing for me,” Brink recalled of their conversation. “Something was wrong with him.”

Anderson Lee Aldrich and her mother Laura Voepel.

Brink said he found the request strange as they had been estranged for over a decade. Their conversation also quickly ended in an argument when Aldrich made a “disrespectful” comment about his father’s new wife.

“I actually made more attempts to email him,” Brink said. “He was kind of toxic… it was too little, too late. I think we’ve already missed the opportunity… I think he wanted revenge at the time or something. I wanted to see him to try and make it work.”

Brink, 48, said he doesn’t know if Aldrich owns guns but said he has shown an interest in sniping and wants to join the military at some point.

Ironically, Aldrich was overpowered by two servicemen — US Army Veteran Richard M. Fierro and US Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James — after they allegedly stormed into Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colo. with a machine gun on Nov. 19 and shot them started, killing five people and injuring dozens more.

Aldrich has yet to be formally charged but could face five counts of first-degree murder and hate crimes when they are due to appear again in court on December 6. You stay in jail without bail.

During a court hearing last week in El Paso County District Court, Aldrich’s defense attorneys revealed that they are non-binary and used the she-she pronouns.

The alleged Colorado nightclub shooter wanted to be it "the next mass murderer" Her grandmother told the police.
The alleged Colorado nightclub shooter wanted to be “the next mass murderer,” his grandmother told police.
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When asked if he knew Aldrich identified as non-binary, Brink said he didn’t know what that meant, adding that he was “old school.”

“There are no questions whether you are a man or a woman … no question,” Brink said. “He has my genetics, so he’s going to be quite straight.”

Brink said he received criticism of previous comments that he “misinterpreted” as anti-gay.

“I’m not anti-gay at all. I have no issues with gay people,” he told the Post. “I will not participate [in] homosexuality and I would prefer my son not to do that… I was really relieved to know that he is not gay.”

He added: “Everyone’s lives matter. your life matters The gender you are…gay or straight…I have a heart. My heart goes out to the victims. Words cannot describe how sorry I am.”

Noah Reich, left, and David Maldonado, the co-founders of Classroom of Compassion in Los Angeles, erected a memorial Tuesday, November 22, 2022 with photos of the five victims of a weekend mass shooting at a nearby gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado .
Noah Reich, left, and David Maldonado, the co-founders of Classroom of Compassion in Los Angeles, erected a memorial Tuesday, November 22, 2022 with photos of the five victims of a weekend mass shooting at a nearby Colorado Springs gay nightclub.
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Brink said his brief relationship with Voepel was “toxic” and that he had no choice but to leave his son, who was born with the name Nicholas. He said his relationship with his ex-wife and son took a “fall” when he became a successful porn star in 2002 under the name “Dick Delaware.”

Brink, who got his start in the adult entertainment industry at the age of 27, starred in porn movies like “White Boys Can Hump” and both “My MILF Boss 8” and “It’s OK to Put It in My A–” in 2016 2014, according to his IMDB page.

He said Aldrich was embarrassed and repeatedly bullied for deciding to go into the porn industry.

“It was my decision to be a porn star, but I thought he’d say, ‘Cool. Cool. My dad is a porn star! Like, ‘My dad is a porn star! What is YOUR dad doing?’” Brink said.

“But these days it’s the nerds that push people around. It’s so backwards for me. Athletes are now being bullied. …And big fools like me…who don’t know how to use a computer…they’re being bullied now!”

Anderson Lee Aldrich's mug shot shows bruises and other injuries he sustained after guests at Club Q jumped on the 22-year-old and took his guns away from him.
Anderson Lee Aldrich’s mug shot shows bruises and other injuries he sustained after guests at Club Q jumped on the 22-year-old and took his guns away from him.
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Around this time, Brink said he also started using drugs. He said his appearance on the TV show Intervention also became a sore point between him and his son, who at the time asked to change their name when they turned 15.

Brink still refers to his son by his birth name and the pronouns he-him.

Brink said he has not yet spoken to his son, but was told by defense attorneys he had exercised his right to remain silent at the arrest.

Brink said he is no longer involved in porn and makes a living from construction work and MMA fights. He said performing on Intervention worked and he’s off “hard drugs” but still takes ketamine from time to time.

He hopes to fight in another match soon and plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to the victims and their families.

“No words can make this go away,” he said, fighting back tears. “I will pray for her. You are in my prayers. That’s all I can say at this point.”

https://nypost.com/2022/11/28/colorado-shooting-suspect-anderson-aldrich-choked-their-own-mother-dad-claims/ Colorado gunman suspect Anderson Aldrich choked her own mother, father claims

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