Colorado Man Arrested in Utah After Allegedly Threatening to Kill Girls at Women's March
A 27-year-old Colorado man is being held on charges of threats of terrorism after allegedly writing that he wanted to kill “as many girls as I see” in a Facebook post on Saturday, the day of the third annual Women’s March.
Christopher Cleary was taken into police custody in Provo, Utah, according to records from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau. He’s currently being held there, though he faces extraction to Colorado where he’s wanted for a probation violation in Jefferson County on felony charges of stalking and threatening of women.
According to a probable cause affidavit from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, obtained by PEOPLE, Cleary posted a since-deleted rant on his Facebook page threatening violence.
“All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000, not a bunch of hoes, not money, none of that. All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me,” the since-deleted post read. “I’m 27 years old, I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I’m ready to die and all the girls [that] turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I can see.”
“There’s nothing more dangerous than a man ready to die,” his post continued.
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A deputy said in the affidavit that a Colorado officer had contacted Utah police on Saturday morning after seeing Cleary’s post, noting his felony charges and the timing of the Women’s March. An IP address helped officers track him to an Airbnb in Provo, where Cleary was allegedly staying. From there, the FBI helped track Cleary’s phone to a nearby McDonalds, where he was questioned by police and eventually arrested.
While speaking to an officer, Cleary admitted to writing the Facebook post while he was “upset and not thinking clearly,” the affidavit said. He said he later deleted the post after receiving threats from other people since sharing it. Cleary also admitted to having an impulse disorder and made “suicidal comments” during his interview, telling the officer he “thought it might be better” if he died.
“He talked about handcuffing himself to a tree in the middle of nowhere where no one could hear him scream as a means of killing himself,” the officer wrote in the affidavit.
Representatives from the Utah County Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, but The Washington Post reported a court date for Cleary’s initial appearance has not been set. It is unclear whether he has an attorney in the case.