Police eye former Utah junior college coach in Colo. threats against Mormons, Catholics

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  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    Do not count on our law enforcement people to track this guy down. they are good at picking up the pieces. Keep a watchful eye.Our justice system is broken.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Aug. 5, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    With this information now public, will Eric Holder now pursue this dangerous potential threat?

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:10 a.m.


    It isn't about religion. The guy is nuts and probably needs professional help.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 5, 2013 10:52 a.m.


    The guy is a former basketball coach, and his religion (whatever it is...the story didn't specify) has as much to do with his wackiness as his being a coach. Coaches have been in the news recently for big child abuse cases at Penn St. and Syracuse...you could have just as readily brought to our attention the "threat" posed by sports coaches.

    Neither Christ nor Naismith condoned terrorism. But you probably knew that already.

    Point is, people can be involved in literally anything and go crazy. Religion is just the favorite target of the day. More people have been killed by Atheists (e.g. Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Milosovic, etc.) than by all the extremists "religious" groups combined.

  • Ticus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    The CBS video got a detail switched: The written note the reporter was describing showed Mitt Romney labeled as the "Anti-Christ" and Barack Obama labeled as a "False Prophet". The reporter's words said the opposite. (Why is it so hard for reporters to get the facts correct??!)

    Aug. 4, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    Today, I asked my grandson what he thought of people who were critical of Mormons, critical of Christianity, critical of religion in general. His response was: they all seem to be angry about something. "Out of the mouths of babes", or in other words, the young can at times be quite insightful.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    At what level does one zealotry become a mental illness? I think two factors are combining here to make a potentially dangerous situation I hope the authorities are taking serious.

  • durwood kirby South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    Sounds like a volatile situation. Sometimes these things end up badly. I hope that when the guy is found that the response is not overdone.

  • Jary Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 4, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    Mike Johnson, I am well away of AZ geography and history - my father was born in Safford and I have lived my many years in AZ. That takes nothing away from sloppy journalism. I learned very little from this AP report. Did you learn of his recent run ins with the law at EA from this article?

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 5:16 p.m.


    It's not religion, it's bad people not living their religion.

    If you are not loving your neighbor, doing good to those that despise you, doing good works, being good and moral and so forth, you are not living Christianity,

    and I do not know what Islam teaches, but I am sure they are teaching good things as well,

    Let's not confuse extremist and bad people with otherwise good religions,

    Most religions do vast amounts of good, do not ignore that fact.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    Religion. Why, and how, we don't get along.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Aug. 4, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    Arrested and held for five days in Graham County, AZ and then released without charges 10-15 July.

    Then on 23 July questioned in Steamboat Springs, CO. Officers there do a background check on him and learn about the Graham County, AZ, event and make a report to the FBI.

    Then a warning is released to Catholic and LDS churches in and around Fort Collins, CO. The warning is for a few weeks. Why Fort Collins?

    In a few weeks, the LDS Fort Collins Temple groundbreaking is scheduled--could there be a connection? Is this guy planning to disrupt the groundbreaking?

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Aug. 4, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Jary, I would submit that police knowledge of him has little to do with where he played or where he coached, but rather where he recently got in trouble with the law and the police investigated him. And that is at Eastern Arizona College--a state community college, but a former LDS college (like Snow) in a high density LDS community. He reportedly threatened people last month asking if they were Mormon. Prior to that police would only know about him if he had encounters with police.

  • Edgar Samaria, ID
    Aug. 4, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    Thanks to the editors for posting the pictures.

  • Jary Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 4, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Not taking anything away from the serious nature of the report but both the chronology and geography of the story are confusing and it does not seem to be a story that is written or researched very well. The AP reports that Eastern Arizona College police (Thatcher, AZ) may know the most about him but yet they also report that he played basketball at Arizona Western College in Yuma - no mention of EA - which is 370 miles away.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    Amen to locking hum up for at least a psych eval. And, maybe longer if he has committed any crimes of any sort.

    Meanwhile, he is a serious potential threat to a wide array of innocent targets.

    We had less indication of terroristic acts from 19 of the 9/11 hijakckers, and they were ignored. I don't think we should be some complacent and forgiving now.

    Find this guy! And, be prepared to look out for yourself.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    Aug. 4, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    The cheese has definitely slid off of this guy's cracker.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    Good point Edgar.

    This guy is obviously nuts.... and probably dangerous--a threat to self and others. Based on that alone I would think the State could legally place him in a locked mental institution for much needed treatment.

  • Lbone Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    Reeling from the aftermath of dozens of massacres and shootings, this guy should not be taken lightly. He needs to be watched closely.

  • Edgar Samaria, ID
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    The guy played basketball for UTEP and has been a head or assistant coach at 5 universities, one of them within the state, and no one has a picture of his? How can anyone be on the lookout for him if they have no idea what he looks like?