Report: Ex-UTEP player who made alleged terror threats arrested

A former UTEP basketball player and assistant coach at Northern Colorado who's referred to himself on video as an "Islamist jihadist" was arrested Thursday in Price City, Utah, according to the Sun Advocate of Utah.

Christopher Craig, 32, who also was previously head coach at Utah State University Eastern, was detained on an outstanding warrant for drug possession. Authorities in Colorado last week said Craig had recently been wandering about and warning Catholics and Mormons that they "would be destroyed" in the near future.

From the Sun Advocate, details on Thursday's arrest:

According to Price City Police Capt. Bill Barnes, authorities learned of Craig's presence when he was spotted by an area citizen as well as an off duty Public Safety Dispatcher.
As the former coach was searched during the arrest process, police located suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and shotgun shells. Craig was subsequently booked into the Carbon County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia and the outstanding warrant.
In recent months, Craig's online comments concerning the Apocalypse and religious jihad have piqued the interest of federal and international authorities. While he has not been booked concerning the shotgun shells found in his possession in Carbon County, Capt Barnes did state that the FBI would be considering federal weapons charges.

Prior to his arrest Thursday, Craig was arrested July 10 in at a Walmart in Thatcher, Ariz., after allegedly making threatening statements to people on the campus of Eastern Arizona College. He was released on July 15 after the District Attorney did not press charges.

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