PROVO, Utah – A 27-year-old man has been arrested in Provo, Utah after police said he made threats of violence towards women because he did not have a girlfriend and was still a virgin.
According to court documents released by the Utah County Sheriff's Office, in the early morning hours of Saturday, dispatch officials with the Provo Police Department were contacted by police in Colorado about Christopher Wayne Cleary.
Police in Colorado said Cleary had been posting threats to Facebook, saying he was going to kill "as many girls as I see," the documents said.
Provo police said the following threat was posted on Cleary's Facebook page:
"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."
Cleary also wrote "Theres nothing more dangerous than man ready to die," the documents said.
With an IP address and the help of FBI agents in Colorado, investigators were able to track Cleary's phone to a McDonald's in south Provo, officials said.
Police said they were especially concerned because several women's marches were taking place on Saturday throughout the state of Utah. After consulting with a Utah County attorney, investigators said Cleary's message about "shooting up a public place soon" constituted a threat of terrorism.
Cleary was taken into custody by an FBI agent and members of the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force, the documents said.
When he was interviewed by investigators, police said Cleary admitted to writing the post but said he had since deleted it because he was receiving threats.
Probation officers in Colorado told police in Provo that Cleary had made similar threats in their jurisdiction.
Cleary was booked into the Utah County Jail under suspicion of one count of threat of terrorism, a first-degree felony and violation of probation.