Tuesday September 20th, 2016

Former UTEP basketball player Chris Craig was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening to blow up an elementary school in Utah, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

Craig, 35, sent a email to the El Paso Times before the incident began. The email contained a threat to take explosives to Eagle Valley Elementary School in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office says Craig was arrested after nearly three hours of negotiations. He was arrested without incident and all school children and staff were accounted for.

He was booked on charges of threat of terrorism and misdemeanor charges of interference with an arresting officer, failure to disclose identity, disruption of operation of a school and disorderly conduct. The terrorism charge is a second-degree felony.

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According to the Sheriff's Office, Craig called dispatchers with the Utah Valley Dispatch on Monday afternoon telling them he had explosives in his truck and to evacuate the school and the children inside.

A subsequent search of Craig's vehicle and home showed that he had no explosives or weapons in his possession.

Craig was a guard on the UTEP basketball team from 2002 to '04 and coached at several places, including UTEP and the University of Northern Colorado.

In 2014, Sports Illustrated profiled Craig, which detailed his struggles with mental illness.

Craig has since been in trouble with the law numerous times, including a January 2016 incident in which he yelled obscenities at authorities after a minor traffic violation.

- Scooby Axson

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