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Former Utah college basketball coach arrested in Price

Published August 9, 2013 8:05 am

Courts • Police had warned churches about self-described "Islamist jihadist."
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Former Utah State University Eastern men's head basketball coach Christopher Dewitt Craig — who has described himself as an "Islamist jihadist" — was arrested Thursday on an outstanding drug-possession warrant.

Last week, authorities in Colorado were warning churches about Craig, because he had described himself as an "Islamist jihadist."

Steamboat Springs police Capt. Jerry Stabile said Craig had been driving around the mountain city with a towel on his head, sunglasses and filming himself, according to TheAssociated Press.

Fort Collins, Colo., police spokesman Matt Johnson said his agency put out an alert to area churches based on information received from Steamboat Springs officers. The alert said Craig was saying that Mormons and Catholics "would be destroyed" in the coming weeks, the Associated Press reported.

The Sun Advocate reported that after Craig, 32, was taken into custody at his wife's Price apartment on the outstanding drug possession warrant, police found suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia and shotgun shells.

Craig was booked into the Carbon County jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and the drug-related warrant.

On July 10, Craig was arrested in Thatcher, Ariz., after allegedly entering a classroom on the campus of Eastern Arizona College, where he waved a bible and asked the instructor if he was Mormon. Craig then left the classroom and went to another campus building where he continued to make derogatory statements about Mormons and Catholics before being arrested later at a Thatcher Wal-Mart, according to The Sun Advocate.

Craig was booked into the Graham County Jail in Arizona on suspicion of disorderly conduct and interruption of an educational facility. Craig was released July 15 after the Graham County district attorney did not file charges.