A YouTuber, 29-year-old Aleksandr Kolpakov, better known as “RDP” or Skeptic Feminist on social media, was arrested by police and is currently being held in Mesa County, Colorado jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. Kolpakov has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his female YouTube co-host.
The Colorado-based YouTuber, who published numerous rants against critics of feminism, and long-winded response videos towards YouTubers on the other side of the political spectrum, always stood beneath the shadow of more prominent male feminists in the community. At one point, he even shared his two cents on the GamerGate controversy in 2015 to denounce gamers for “misogyny,” but the series of tweets—like most of his videos, didn’t make any impact or even go viral.
According to police, the shooting happened at around 9:30pm on Saturday night in Clifton, on the 3200 block of 1/2 Lombardy Lane, where police were called after neighbors reported hearing several gunshots.
Police arrived to discover the woman dead outside of a home and Kolpakov was arrested on the spot.
The victim was identified this Monday afternoon as 31-year-old Heather Anable, a co-streamer in Kolpakov’s videos who viewers knew as “Ivy.” Anable was shot multiple times in the neck and chest.
The coroner’s office ruled her death a homicide.
“When deputies arrived they found a deceased adult female outside the residence,” the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “An adult male suspect was taken into custody at the same location and he was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital for an evaluation.”
In a statement to the press, Mesa County Coroner’s Office said:
“The family has asked our office to relay a message to the media to please respect their privacy in their time of grief.”
Police have not yet released a motive for the killing and court documents remained sealed for now.
Police spokesman Henry Stoffel told Denver Post that the investigation is ongoing, and that the department is not looking for any other suspects.
Aleksandr Kolpakov is now facing the possibility of a first-degree murder charge following a court hearing at Mesas County Court this Monday, per the Grand Junction Sentinel.
Source: Denver Post