The FBI raided the home of 75-year-old Craig Deleeuw Robertson in Utah, resulting in his tragic death. Robertson was accused of making death threats against President Joe Biden, which were deemed credible by the FBI. This incident has sparked intense scrutiny and raised questions about the extent of online threats and the actions taken by law enforcement agencies. Let’s delve into the details of this disturbing case and shed light on the events leading up to the fatal raid.
Threats Against President Biden
According to a criminal complaint, Robertson was facing charges of three counts of interstate threats, threats against the president, and influencing, impeding, and retaliating against federal law enforcement officers by threat. The charges stemmed from Robertson’s alleged threats towards President Biden, which he made just days before Biden’s scheduled visit to Utah.
In disturbing Facebook posts, Robertson expressed his violent fantasies, stating, “PERHAPS UTAH WILL BECOME FAMOUS THIS WEEK AS THE PLACE A SNIPER TOOK OUT BIDEN THE MARXIST” and “IN MY DREAM I SEE JOE BIDEN’S BODY IN A DARK CORNER OF A DC PARKING GARAGE WITH HIS HEAD SEVERED AND LYING IN A HUGE PUDDLE OF BLOOD. HOORAH.” These chilling statements raised significant concerns and prompted the FBI to take action.
The FBI’s investigation into Robertson began in April, with the U.S. Secret Service becoming aware of the threats in June. Two FBI agents conducted surveillance on Robertson’s home in late March after he allegedly made threats against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Robertson had posted on social media, stating, “I’ll be waiting in the courthouse parking garage with my suppressed Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm to smoke a radical fool prosecutor that should never have been elected.”
When the FBI agents initially contacted Robertson in March, he defended his post, claiming it was merely a dream. He challenged them to return with a warrant, displaying a lack of remorse or concern for the gravity of his statements.
Robertson further alarmed authorities by posting numerous photos online showcasing the firearms he kept in a gun cache within his house. The FBI deemed these threats credible, leading to their decision to serve arrest and search warrants at Robertson’s residence in Provo, Utah. However, events took a tragic turn during the execution of the operation.
Fatal Raid and Aftermath
On Wednesday morning, around 6:15 a.m. local time, the FBI attempted to apprehend Robertson at his home. The situation escalated, resulting in the fatal shooting of Robertson. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are currently under review by the FBI’s Inspection Division.
President Biden was scheduled to visit Salt Lake City, Utah, just hours after the incident occurred. The proximity of the shooting to the president’s visit adds another layer of complexity to this already shocking turn of events.
In a statement, the FBI emphasized that they take all shooting incidents involving their agents or task force members seriously. They assured the public that the shooting incident would be thoroughly reviewed by the FBI’s Inspection Division. As this is an ongoing matter, limited details are currently available.
The Secret Service, responsible for protecting the president, acknowledged the FBI’s investigation into the individual in Utah who had exhibited threats towards a Secret Service protectee. They emphasized that the FBI-led effort was being closely coordinated with other law enforcement partners.
The shooting of Craig Deleeuw Robertson during the FBI raid on his Utah home has sent shockwaves through the nation. The credible threats he allegedly made against President Joe Biden have raised concerns about the extent of online threats and the actions taken by law enforcement agencies to protect public figures. As the investigation unfolds, it is crucial to reflect on the implications of such incidents for society as a whole and the measures required to maintain the safety and security of our leaders.