The FBI shot and killed a Utah man in his 70s who was accused of making threatening remarks online about President Joe Biden and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Craig Deleeuw Robertson of Provo, Utah, who was described by the FBI as being between the ages of 70-75, was shot during an early morning FBI raid on his home at about 6:15 a.m.
“The incident began when special agents attempted to serve arrest and search warrants at a residence,” a statement from the FBI said. “The subject is deceased.”
Robertson was facing three felony counts including interstate threats, threats against the president, and influencing, impeding, and retaliating against federal law enforcement officers by threat.
The FBI said they spied on the man and saw him “wearing a dark suit (later observed as having an AR-15 style rifle lapel pin attached), a white shirt, a red tie, and a multi-colored (possibly camouflage) hat bearing the word ‘TRUMP’ on the front.”
“I hear Biden is coming to Utah,” Robertson allegedly wrote on social media on August 6, also allegedly writing that he was “cleaning the dust off his M24 sniper.”
On July 27, he allegedly wrote, “Hey FBI, you still monitoring my social media? Checking so I can be sure to have a loaded gun handy in case you drop by again.”
In a post from September 2022, Robertson allegedly wrote on Facebook, “The time is right for a presidential assassination or two. First Joe then Kamala!!!”
Neighbors described Robertson to Deseret News as being “overweight” and walking with a “cane.”
“I don’t really care who’s president, I don’t think it’s cool to make threats like that, whether they’re legitimate threats or not. Again, Craig, I would say, is a big story teller and likes the attention of big stories,” neighbor Cooper Robinson told Deseret. “So a man that sits at home all day, doesn’t have much to do, if he’s on his phone and is involved in politics and has strong political opinions, I’m not surprised that he would make posts like that to try to receive attention. I’m just hoping that the FBI has some more evidence besides Facebook posts to want to raid his house like they did.”
The Secret Service said that it was aware of the incident, and deferred any questions to the FBI.
“The Secret Service is aware of the FBI investigation involving an individual in Utah who has exhibited threats towards a protectee,” a statement said. “While we always remain in close coordination with our law enforcement partners, this is an FBI-led effort and we would refer any related questions to the FBI.”
The FBI’s Inspection Division is now investigating the shooting. Biden will be arriving in Salt Lake City at around 6:00 p.m.