A 35 year old Eagle Mountain man is in jail after he threatened to detonate explosives at an elementary school in Eagle Mountain. He was taken into custody after nearly 3 hours of negotiations.
On September 19, 2016, at 2:13 PM, dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch received a call from a man who said he was at Eagle Valley Elementary School in the city center area of Eagle Mountain. He told dispatchers, and also staff at the school, to evacuate the school and to evacuate the children. He told dispatchers the trunk of his car had explosives in it and that he was going to open the trunk and arm them. He told dispatchers officers should keep their distance from the school. He later told negotiators that he had a message he wanted to give them.
After Craig entered the school and warned staff to evacuate he walked out the front door. School staff immediately locked the doors and activated the school lockdown and evacuation procedures. There were as many as 250 children in the school at this time. Those children were evacuated from the school and teachers and staff took them to 2 previously designated safe locations. School administration were able to account for all the students. Several staff and Alpine District employees did not hear the evacuation announcement and were brought out of the school later. As school administration verified family members or other emergency contact information the children were reunited with family. All children were with family just after 5:30 PM.
During the course of negotiations Craig stated he wanted to share his message and after he was allowed to do so he would walk away from his car and let officers arrest him. After talking to negotiators Craig did walk away from his car. He complied with orders from officers who were able to take him into custody without further incident.
After Craig was in custody members of the Utah Valley Metro Bomb Squad were able to search his car. They determined there were no explosives or other threats in the car. Craig also had no explosives or weapons in his possession. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Craig's home in Eagle Mountain. No weapons or explosives were found during that search.
Craig was transported to the Utah County Jail where he was booked on charges of Threat of Terrorism (2nd degree felony), Interference With Arresting Officer (Class B misdemeanor), Failure to Disclose Identity (Class B misdemeanor), Disrupting Operation of a School (Class B misdemeanor), and Disorderly Conduct (Class C misdemeanor). The investigation of this case remains active.
A Utah County Sheriff's Office Deputy stopped Craig for a minor traffic violation in January 2016. During that stop, and after the stop was over, Craig became agitated and yelled obscenities at the Deputy in a threatening manner. Craig is known to have mental health related issues, but we do not know if he is currently receiving treatment.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO