“Islamist Jihadist” Identified: Man Threatening Colorado Churches Is Former Basketball Coach (Video)
The self-proclaimed “Islamist-jihadist” threatening Colorado Catholics and Mormons is a former college basketball coach.
Christopher Dewitt Craig once worked at the University of Northern Colorado.
7NEWS has learned that a self- proclaimed ‘Islamist Jihadist’ who police say has made threats against the Catholic and Mormon churches from Arizona to Colorado is a former college basketball coach who once worked at the University of Northern Colorado.
Christopher Dewitt Craig, 32, recently came on law enforcement’s radar when he was arrested July 10 at Eastern Arizona College.
College spokesman Todd Haynie said Craig interrupted a class by waiving a Bible and asking the instructor if he was Mormon. Craig made derogatory statements about the Catholic and Mormon churches and then went to an administration building and made similar remarks, Haynie said.
Campus police arrested Craig and he was booked into the Graham County Jail on investigation of disorderly conduct, threatening and intimidating and interruption of an educational facility. The district attorney later decided not to file charges and Craig was released on July 15.
Then on July 23, Steamboat Springs police said they received a 911 call about a suspicious man with a shirt wrapped around his head and face, who was driving around a parking lot, while hanging out the car window and videotaping himself.
Arriving officers found a man matching the caller’s description who was wearing a camouflage bandana around his face, a white shirt wrapped around his head and dark sunglasses covering his eyes, police said.
Police said the man claimed he was an “Islamic Jihadist,” adding that “In a couple weeks everyone will know who I am.” The man did not explain what he meant by the statements or make any further comments, police said.