Utah police arrest self-described 'Islamist jihadist' - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

UPDATE

Utah police arrest self-described 'Islamist jihadist'

Christopher Craig (Source: Graham County Sheriff's Office) Christopher Craig (Source: Graham County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Authorities in Arizona and Colorado are alerting religious organizations to a self-described Islamist jihadist who said Mormons and Catholics "would be destroyed" in the next two weeks.

Investigators said 32-year-old Christopher Craig has threatened Latter Day Saints (LDS), and Catholic churches in both states.

They say there's no immediate public danger.

Craig is a former basketball coach at the University of Northern Colorado. He walked into Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, northeast of Tucson, on July 10. 

Investigators said he was waving a Bible, and yelling derogatory comments against Catholics and Mormons.

He was arrested, but the district attorney didn't file any charges. 

Two weeks later, police in Steamboat Springs, CO, were notified about a suspicious person with a shirt wrapped around his head and face. The man was later identified as Craig. 

Police said, he told them he was an Islamic jihadist. 

"In a couple of weeks, everyone will know who I am," Craig told police.

In the wake of those statements, Catholic and Mormon churches throughout the area were alerted to have extra security on hand. 

CBS 5 News reached out to the Phoenix Catholic Diocese and local LDS temples, but spokespeople were not aware of any threats here in the Valley.

Police describe the vehicle Craig is driving as a 2003 white Honda Civic with black spray paint on the side, quoting a verse from Revelations. 

There is also a sticker on the trunk that reads "(expletive) the DHS," possibly a reference to the Department of Homeland Security.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:19:49 GMT
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
  • Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:09:01 GMT
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:19:50 GMT

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly