An intruder who declared a bomb threat in a Utah elementary school was identified as a former basketball coach named Christopher Craig. Craig is also known as Muhammad Allah Al-Khidr. He entered the school wearing a mask. According to witnesses, he was wearing a flowing green Arabic garb.
It was alleged that Craig declared himself a radical Islamic jihadist, as reported by KSL. After the incident was reported, police snipers were dispatched to the Utah school, while students and employees were evacuated.
The suspect was taken into custody. It has been reported that the intruder drove to the school and admitted that his vehicle was filled with explosives. However, law enforcement officials have not verified the presence of explosives.
It was reported that Craig has a history of mental illness. His family informed the press that Craig had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had projected bizarre behavior earlier. Previously, he allegedly drove a car on a school playground and had said that churches should be destroyed.
Before the incident started, Craig sent an email to El Paso Times. In the mail he wrote, “[He] was born into this world under the slave name of Christopher Craig. Currently, I am known as The Radical Islamic Jihadist Muhammad Allah Al-Khidr.”
“My reason for writing Today is because of my pending arrest and hunger strike which begins when I press send on this Discourse of Truth. In 2 hours, call Eagle Mountain PD in Eagle Mountain, UT if you think I am bluffing. Ask them.”
In the email, he wrote that he would call 911 with a threat of an explosive and would drive onto the Utah school, Eagle Valley Elementary, “with a True Explosive.”
According to Salt Lake Tribune, Craig was the head coach at Utah State University Eastern in Price from 2007 to 2010. He left to work as an assistant at Northern Colorado University in Greeley until he became head coach at Midland College in Texas.