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Updated Jul 30, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Man threatens students, staff at Eastern Arizona College

A man who walked onto an Arizona college campus making threats and derogatory comments about Catholics and Mormons may be the same man who has been in Colorado, describing himself "an Islamic jihadist."

Authorities in Colorado have determined that the man in the Colorado incident is the same man, Christopher Craig, who had been arrested after making a scene at Eastern Arizona College.

Craig was arrested July 10 in Thatcher. He had walked into a classroom waving a Bible and insulting Mormons and Catholics until he was asked to leave, said Eastern Arizona College spokesman Todd Haynie.

Haynie said that Craig, a former University of Northern Colorado basketball coach, also went into the administration office and confronted a counselor. When she confirmed she was Mormon, he told her "that Mormons would be destroyed" in two weeks, Haynie said.

Craig was arrested for disorderly conduct, and intimidation and interruption of an educational facility. He was released from the Graham County Jail on July 15 after the County Attorney's Office decided not to file charges. The Graham County Attorney's Office could not be reached for comment.

Eight days after Craig's release in Arizona, police in Steamboat Springs, Colo., got a 911 call that a man was driving around a parking lot making his jihadist comments.

The Denver Channel reported that the man claimed that "in a couple of weeks everyone will know who I am."

Colorado police said that Craig hasn't committed a crime, so he can't be arrested, but the FBI and the Colorado Information Analysis Center, which evaluates terrorism threats, have been notified.

Craig is reportedly driving a white 2003 Honda Accord, with spray-painted words on the hood and rear bumper. Some of the writings include Revelations 14:7 from the Bible, which states "He said with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgement has come; worship him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters." in Texas reported that Craig coached the last two years at Midland College but resigned in March.

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Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

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Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

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Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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