POLICE

Denver man posting threats to kill “as many girls as I see” arrested in Provo

Jan 20, 2019, 7:49 PM | Updated: 7:54 pm
Christopher Cleary. (Credit: Provo City Police Department)
(Credit: Provo City Police Department)

PROVO — Facebook posts containing threats to become “the next mass shooter” and kill “as many girls as I see” led to the arrest of 27-year-old Christopher Cleary on Saturday morning.

Cleary, a Colorado resident who was visiting Provo, was booked into Utah County Jail for investigation of threats of terrorism and for allegedly violating parole in Colorado, according to court documents.

According to a jail affidavit, the arrest came following an expedited joint effort by law enforcement and FBI agents in Colorado and Utah. Colorado law enforcement contacted Provo police about the Facebook posts early Saturday morning, the affidavit states.

“All I wanted was a girlfriend. … 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,” one of the posts read, according to the affidavit.

Another post warned, “Theres nothing more dangerous than man ready to die.”

The jail affidavit also noted the timing of the posts as particularly troubling, reading “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 posts were tied to an IP address in Provo, but police didn’t locate Cleary there. Together, FBI agents in both Colorado and Utah tracked Cleary’s phone to a McDonalds at 1225 S. University Ave, where he was arrested by a detective from the Utah County Major Crime Task Force and an FBI agent.

Cleary allegedly told police in an interview that he was “upset and not thinking clearly” when he wrote the posts and explained he later deleted them because of threats he said he received in response. The affidavit also noted that Cleary made suicidal comments and seemed to have “a problem with impulse control.”

The affidavit also quotes a Colorado probation officer telling Provo Police that “this is a pattern of behavior with Cleary where he is on probation for felony stalking and threatening of women.”

Law enforcement in Colorado indicated they will seek extradition for Cleary. He is being held without bail.

Today’s Top Stories

Police

Taylorsville City Police Department is investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide. Furt...
Elizabeth Weiler

Million dollar traffic stop in St. George

A routine traffic violation stop turned into a drug bust worth over one million dollars of fentanyl, according to police
13 hours ago
Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting Thursday evening, Oct. 6, 2022, at Meadows Park....
Mark Jones

UPDATE: SLCPD releases new information about Meadows Park shooting

One teenager suffered non-life-threatening injuries following a shooting Thursday evening at Meadows Park.
2 days ago
Police in Tooele are looking for an armed robbery suspect that forced three schools into lockdown o...
Mark Jones

Search for wanted fugitive in Tooele is unsuccessful

Law enforcement personnel in Tooele conducted a search for a fugitive on Thursday afternoon. The search was unsuccessful.
2 days ago
Serial Bank Robber...
Mark Jones

FBI seeking information on whereabouts of serial bank robber

The FBI says a serial bank robber has recently robbed a pair of banks in Salt Lake City. Authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating the individual responsible.
2 days ago
A Bountiful police vehicle is pictured in Bountiful on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Kristin Murphy/Des...
Samantha Herrera

13 year old hospitalized after being run over in Bountiful

A 13-year-old was sent to the hospital with a collapsed lung and broken ribs after he was run over while crossing a crosswalk in Bountiful.
2 days ago
Two Murray police cruisers are shown...
Mark Jones

Explosion inside motorhome being investigated

One person was taken to the hospital with minor burns after an explosion inside a motorhome Wednesday evening in Murray.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Denver man posting threats to kill “as many girls as I see” arrested in Provo