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Utah police arrest ex-coach month after Arizona threats

SALT LAKE CITY -- Police have arrested a former Utah junior college basketball coach who law enforcement officials said has described himself as an Islamist jihadist.

Police in Price, Utah arrested Christopher Craig on Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor drug possession.

Craig had also recently been in Thatcher, Ariz., where he barged into a classroom at Eastern Arizona College and made religious-based threats. He made similar threats in Colorado.

Capt. Bill Barnes said Craig is facing additional misdemeanor charges after officers found marijuana and a pipe in his car.

Police in Colorado issued a warning to church leaders last week about Craig, a former head coach at Utah State University Eastern in Price, Utah. He had been arrested in Arizona and held in Graham County Jail before his release July 15.

The alert said he had been going around saying Mormons and Catholics "would be destroyed' in the coming weeks."

Barnes said Craig was still being held in Carbon County Jail on Friday morning.

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