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Phoenix man arrested after bomb threat at elementary school in Utah

A masked man who entered an elementary school Monday in Utah claiming to have explosives is in custody and is troubled former Phoenix high school basketball star Chris Craig.

The Daily Herald is reporting that Craig entered Eagle Valley Elementary School at 2:15 p.m. and said, “evacuate the kids and no one will get hurt,” according to a text message sent out to parents.

According to the El Paso Times, Craig sent out an email to various news outlets saying he was “under the slave name of Christopher Craig.”

In the email, he also said he would call 911 threatening the school with what he called “a True Explosive.”

Police have not verified where the explosives were or if there were any. The local police identified Craig Monday night after initially not confirming it was him.

Craig, who starred for Horizon High School in the late 1990’s and played at UTEP, went on to become the youngest college basketball coach in the country at Utah State University Eastern in 2007.

A Sports Illustrated article in 2014 detailed Craig’s troubling history, including his family revealing that he’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He has been questioned in the past by the FBI after making posts on his blog about President Barack Obama being assassinated.

Since 2013, Craig had been arrested or detained several times, including an incident at a clasroom at Eastern Arizona College that required a warrant to be issued. He’s also been charged on possession of marijuana, was questioned by police after calling himself an “Islamic Jihadist,” threatened to kill Mormons and Catholics and drove onto an elementary playground in 2014.

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