PROVO, Utah, Jan. 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 27-year-old Provo man has been arrested after he allegedly wrote on his Facebook page that he was going to kill “as many girls as I see,” because he had been rejected.
Christopher Wayne Cleary is facing charges of third-degree felony threat of terrorism as well as probation violation, according to a probable cause statement from Utah County.
The statement said that in the early morning hours of Saturday, Provo Police dispatch was contacted by an officer out of Colorado regarding Cleary, and was given information about threats allegedly being posted to Facebook by the suspect.
The following threat was posted to his Facebook page, the statement said:
“All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1,000 not a bunch of hoes not money none of that. All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I’m 27 years old and 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 the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.”
He also allegedly posted: “There’s nothing more dangerous than man ready to die.”
Officers were provided with an IP address that led them to an address in Provo, but Cleary was not there. The arresting officer was then contacted by a member of the FBI, who was in contact with FBI agents out of Colorado.
“We worked together to track the phone belonging to the subject, and were eventually able to locate him at the McDonald’s in south Provo,” the statement said.
Cleary was escorted out of the McDonald’s by an FBI agent and Utah County Major Crime Task Force detective, and was advised of his Miranda rights.
Post Miranda, Cleary allegedly admitted to making the threats, but “claimed to be upset and not thinking clearly when he did so.” He said he had posted those threats while in Provo, but then said he had deleted the Facebook post because he’d been receiving threats from numerous people who read it.
Cleary was then arrested and booked into Utah County Jail. He is currently on probation in Jefferson County, Colo.
“The probation office contacted me and let me know that this is a pattern of behavior with Cleary where he is on probation for felony stalking and threatening of women,” the statement said.
“The probation office in Colorado said they intend to seek an extradition warrant for Cleary due to these threats, which also caused major concern to several agencies in Colorado, who thought Cleary might still be in their jurisdictions.”
Previous to making contact with Cleary, the Provo officer had spoken with a Utah County attorney about whether the alleged statements on Facebook constituted a “threat of terrorism.” It was concluded that they did, because of the threat to commit an offense involving bodily injury and death (“killing as many girls as I see”), and specifically mentioning “shooting up a public place soon,” the probable cause statement said.
“An additional concern had to do with several Women’s Marches taking place in various locations throughout the state today, including a march in Provo, and another in Salt Lake City,” the statement went on.
The suspect is being held without bail.