Aaron Julue Sarpee is an African-American man from Louisville, Kentucky, United States. He was at the apartment complex where Breonna Taylor lived the hour her home was raided by white Louisville Metro Police Department officers, which led to her death.
Sarpee claimed that he interacted with the white cops namely Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove minutes before the controversial raid took place. Here are 13 more things about the African-American man:
- He is a truck driver.
- Before residing in Louisville, he lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA and in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
- He previously lived in various parts of Georgia, USA including Lawrenceville and Buford.
- He has a daughter born in 2018.
- On March 12, 2020, he left his daughter in the care of a woman living directly above Taylor’s apartment. Coming off his shift as a truck driver, he went to pick his sleeping toddler minutes after midnight on March 13, 2020.
- He was 49 years old when Taylor was fatally shot on March 13, 2020.
- “No, nobody identified themselves,” VICE News quoted him as saying when asked by Sergeant Jason Vance on March 21, 2020 if he heard Mattingly, Cosgrove and Hankison identify themselves as police before raiding Taylor’s apartment.
- He gave another testimony that is different from the one he told Vance. He said that before the LMPD cops ordered him to go back inside, he heard at least three loud bangs as they knocked on Taylor’s door and one or more officers screamed, “Police!” He emphasized that it was said only once, the New York Times has learned. He also claimed that he got into an argument with Hankison as the cops were banging on her door.
- On April 1, 2020, Sergeant Amanda Seeyle tried to call him and sent him text messages but he did not respond.
- On May 14, 2020, he sent Seeyle a voicemail.
- On May 15, 2020, he told Seeyle in a seven-minute phone conversation that before Mattingly, Cosgrove and Hankison raided Taylor’s apartment, he heard them say, “This is the cops.” He also said, “It’s been so long now. I recall some of it.”
- He was featured in “The New York Times Presents” Season 1 episode 3 “The Killing of Breonna Taylor,” which aired on FX and Hulu on September 4, 2020.
- He is set to marry Kemah Clark on July 17, 2021 in Louisville. Arrested for abusing her three children over a broken television, she was booked into a Louisville jail on January 11, 2020 but was released on January 12, 2020, WVLT News reported.