‘Islamist jihadist’ who emailed threats to Colo. churches arrested in Utah

Chris Craig

Chris Craig

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The man who identified himself as an “Islamist jihadist” in threats emailed to several Colorado churches has been arrested in Utah, according to a report.

The Associated Press is reporting that Chris Craig, a former basketball coach at the University of Northern Colorado, was arrested in Price, Utah on Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor drug possession after marijuana and a pipe were found in his car.

According to Fort Collins Police, Craig issued specific to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Catholic Church in Fort Collins over the weekend of July 27. Police went on to say that Craig identified himself as an “Islamist jihadist” in the threats, which indicated both churches “would be destroyed in the coming weeks.”

Law enforcement in Arizona say this isn’t Craig’s first brush with the law. He was arrested in 2010 after shouting at students and teachers at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona.

Craig was also accused of entering a classroom at Eastern Arizona College on July 10, raising a Bible in the air and responding with obscenities after asking the instructor whether he was Mormon. College spokesman Todd Haynie said a female counselor had a similar encounter. Haynie said police arrested him, but prosecutors didn’t pursue charges.

University of Northern Colorado spokesman Nate Haas confirmed that Craig is a former assistant men’s basketball coach for the school.

Before his arrest in Utah, Craig was recently spotted in Steamboat Springs and leaving Rocky Mountain National Park, according to various reports.