Neighbors said of the man who was shot dead in an FBI home raid after threatening to assassinate the president that he was a “decent man” who cared for his blind son, but who had “a gun under his pillow.” He explained that he was the type to put it on the floor and sleep.
Craig Robertson, 75, is said to have pointed a gun at law enforcement in Wednesday’s incident, causing what locals described as “a hail of bullets” in their homes in Provo.
Local reports said Robertson was then dragged from the house and left to bleed under a sheet on the sidewalk outside the house.
Travis Clark, who lived on the same street as Robertson, said: “I can’t believe this guy justifies such a treatment.” Deseret news.
The 300-pound Air Force veteran-turned-carpenter, who was barely able to move and walked around with a cane, was shocked by the mass police response to his home, according to people who knew him. It says.
A day before Biden’s visit to the state, local Conor Bunch described Robertson as a “teddy bear” caring for his blind son Sean, who is in his 50s. He said he was shocked.
Bunch said he heard authorities knock on Robertson’s door the day before the raid, but refused because he didn’t have a warrant.
“I don’t think he was even given a chance to see the warrant when they broke into his house and raided it,” Bunche said.
“It was the way they executed the warrant, but in the most spectacular way. It seems like a very unnecessary show of force.”
The federal complaint, obtained by the Post from the Utah Attorney’s Office, includes Biden, Kamala Harris, New York Attorney General Letitia James, Attorney General Merrick Garland and California Governor Gavin Newsom. It details threats against other Democratic officials, including
“I heard Biden is coming to Utah,” Robertson wrote on Sunday. “I dug up an old gilsuit and cleaned the dust off my M24 sniper rifle. Welcome, Chief Jester!”
Bunch added: “There are so many people online who don’t say wise things, so I’m wondering who will be next.
“Is the FBI also going to break down the door with guns blaring? It seems like a very inappropriate way to handle the situation.”
Conner said Robertson owned at least 20 guns and attended church every Sunday. He said he was “well-liked” in the community, but added that his neighbor “would be the type to sleep with a gun under his pillow.”
“He said funny things sometimes, and a lot of older people say that,” he added.
“[Robertson] He himself had a hard time walking with a cane, but he took good care of our son,” Bunche told the Post.
“He ushered him into the church, chose a seat, tapped him on the shoulder to tell him where to sit. think.”
Another neighbor, Andrew Maunder, said of Robertson: Salt Lake Tribune As a “harmless” old man.
“He definitely had his own political views and put them out there on Facebook, but I think deep down he was just a grumpy old man.”
“There’s no way he drove from here to Salt Lake City, pulled a rifle and fired at the president. 100 percent impossible,” he told the Associated Press.
Despite writing things like “It’s time to assassinate the president” and “Death to Joe Biden,” Robertson was a normal-looking man who ran a company called Craig’s Custom Woods. He helped Maunder build a kitchen table and organized a volunteer group to build ramps for women with disabilities.
Maunder joked that Robertson would die from a cop-initiated suicide, but he “didn’t expect it to actually happen,” he told the Tribune.
Robertson and former neighbor Paul Shearing, a friend of 22 years, noticed that the father of three’s Facebook posts had become more radical, but called it ” He’s just an old man trying to share his frustration with what’s going on in society,” he said. world. ”
Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, Mr. Robertson’s neighbors were awakened by the sound of the FBI standing outside their home demanding to “raise your hands and get out.”
Soon, neighbors were filled with rapid gunfire as they crouched in their basements and peered out the windows to see what was going on.
“It sounded like it was coming from inside the house,” one neighbor told Deseret News.
Robertson’s body was later dragged from his home, bloody and limp, Deseret News reported.
Witnesses said authorities attempted first aid to no avail and Roberton’s body was left under a bloody sheet for two hours after he died on the sidewalk, neighbors said. .
“I understand there are procedures they have to follow, but leaving his body there for so long when there are kids in the cul-de-sac…they could have done more. The sheets were bleeding.” because he was doing it,” a neighbor told local media.
Neighbors said Robertson always carried a gun, but he was shot on suspicion of pointing a gun at law enforcement, a person familiar with the matter said. CNN.
Witnesses told Deseret News that after six shots were fired, an FBI agent began yelling, “Fire, fire.” he has a gun! ”
“Everyone was shooting at the same time…I was in childbearing mode at that point,” an unidentified neighbor told local media.
After the FBI was tipped off about Robertson’s online threats, he began targeting the agency itself.
“Hey FBI, are you still monitoring my social media? in a post he wrote.