Reports: Former D-I assistant wanted for alleged terror threats

The Coloradoan and the Associated Press are reporting authorities are seeking Christopher Craig -- a former UTEP player, junior college coach and assistant at Northern Colorado -- who has recently referred to himself an "Islamic jihadist," according to local authorities.

Craig, head coach at Utah State University Eastern from 2007-2010, reportedly has threatened Catholics and Mormons, saying they "would be destroyed" in the near future, per police statements to the press.

Here is the report from the Coloradoan:

Before being spotted by police in Steamboat Springs last week, Christopher Dewitt Craig reportedly made a stop at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Ariz. A spokesman for the institution said he didn’t believe Craig has ties there. On July 10, Craig, 32, reportedly entered a classroom at the college, raised a Bible in the air, asked the instructor whether he was Mormon and followed his response with obscenities, college spokesman Todd Haynie told the Coloradoan. Campus police later spotted him driving and pulled him over but let him go. A campus employee the same day told police Craig asked a female counselor if she was Mormon and, when she said yes, responded with derogatory statements, Haynie said.
Then on July 23, Steamboat Springs Police reportedly contacted Craig as he was driving while shooting video of himself wearing a white T-shirt wrapped around his head and bandana over his face. He claimed he was an “Islamic jihadist” and that everyone would know who he was in a couple of weeks, police said.

A Northern Colorado spokesman told the newspaper Craig "is likely the same man.”

Craig has not been seen since July 25, when he was leaving Rocky Mountain National Park, according to the report. Local churches and religious organizations in Colorado have been notified of Craig's actions and been warned. Craig reportedly told police, after recently serving time in an Israeli jail, that "everyone would know his name."

Craig joined Northern Colorado in 2010, leaving the school one year later to take the head-coaching position at junior college Midland College, based in Texas. The Associated Press reports he resigned from his post in March.

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