Provo man facing terrorism charge after making mass shooting threat targeting females


    Christopher Cleary mugshot (Photo: Utah County Jail)

    A Provo man is a facing a felony threat of terrorism charge after he posted a mass shooting threat, targeting females, to Facebook.

    According to a probable cause statement, 27-year-old Provo resident Christopher Cleary posted the following threat on Facebook:

    "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 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. There's nothing more dangerous than man ready to die".

    On Saturday, Provo dispatchers were alerted to the Cleary's Facebook post by an officer from Colorado.

    Provo police tracked Cleary's IP address which led them to the area of 1042 S. 1000 E. in Provo.

    At first, police were unable to find Cleary.

    Provo officers were then contacted by FBI agents out of Colorado, and working together, they were able to locate Cleary at the McDonald's at 1225 S. University Ave. in Provo by tracking his phone.

    Police were concerned about the threat to females, since there were several women's marches happening on Saturday, including one in Provo and another in Salt Lake City.

    An FBI agent, along with a Utah County Major Crime Task Force detective escorted Cleary out off McDonald's for questioning.

    After reading him his Miranda rights, police say Cleary agreed to answer their questions.

    "I asked him specifically about the threats he had made on Facebook, and he admitted to making the threats, but claimed to be upset and not thinking clearly when he did so," the officer said in the probable cause statement.

    Cleary was staying at a Provo Air BNB when he made the threats, according to police.

    Officers looked through Cleary's phone and did not find any more threats.

    Cleary told officers he deleted his threatening Facebook post after receiving threats from people who saw the post.

    Officers then arrested Cleary for the threat, citing public safety concern issues.

    Cleary is also facing a probation violation charge out of Jefferson County, Colorado.

    The arresting officer spoke with Cleary's probation office who said Cleary has a history of making threats of killing women as well as felony stalking.

    "The probation office in Colorado informed me that 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," the arresting officer said. "During my interview with Cleary he made suicidal comments, and said 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."

    Cleary apparently told the officer he had "some kind of impulse disorder."

    Because of the threat, the officer requested a "significant bail amount" for Cleary, although the exact amount was not released by police.

    Colorado probation officers want Cleary to remain in custody so they can extradite him for his probation violation, according to the probable cause statement.


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