Former Utah college basketball coach Christopher Craig, a self-proclaimed “Islamist jihadist,” was arrested on Thursday after making public threats against Latter Day Saints (LDS), and local Catholic churches. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Christopher Craig is a Former Utah College Basketball Coach
Christopher Craig is was the head coach at Utah State University Eastern in Price from 2007 to 2010, reports La Cruces Sun-Times. He left that job to become an assistant at Northern Colorado University in Greeley and was there for one year before becoming head coach at Midland College in Texas. The 32-year-old resigned from the position in March after “end-of-the-world postings” on his Twitter and personal blog came to the attention of officials.
Craig played at University of Texas in El Paso from 2002-’04 and Omar Duran, a former teammate of Craig’s, said he stayed with him in El Paso for more than two months after he left his coaching position at the school and said Craig just wanted to “read his Bible all the time and lost interest in basketball.”
2. He Walked into Eastern Arizona College
Craig allegedly entered a classroom on the campus of Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher on July 10 he waved a bible asking the professor if he was Mormon and making derogatory statements. He then left the classroom and proceeded to another building on campus.
3. He Was Arrested on Thursday
After that, Craig drove around town in his 2003 white Honda Civic with a towel on his head, sunglasses and filming himself while quoting a verse from Revelations before being arrested at a Thatcher Walmart. Police arrested Craig on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor drug possession. Capt. Bill Barnes says the man is facing additional misdemeanor charges after officers found marijuana and a pipe in his car.
4. He is Describing Himself as an ‘Islamist Jihadist’
An Ex-UTEP player has police on alert after describing himself as an "Islamic jihadist" – http://t.co/BkcrfmqSQ2
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Police said when he was arrested Craig told them he was a “Islamist jihadist” and that everyone would know his name in a few weeks.
5. Police Put Out an Alert to Area Churches
Police said there is no immediate danger, but alerted area churches that the man said he had been going around saying Mormons and Catholics “would be destroyed’ in the coming weeks.”
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