Cynthia Clinkingbeard, a BSU professor and Democratic candidate for Congress, has been arrested by Boise police after walking into a Staples store, making "strange, threatening remarks," and pulling a gun on employees.
According to the Idaho Statesman, police were called as Clinkingbeard left the store, continuing to make threats, before driving off in a car. Witnesses described her vehicle, and she was quickly pulled over by an Ada County Sheriff. Because Clinkingbeard was armed, police shut down the highway in both directions for a short amount of time.
Two other adults were in her car, but neither are being viewed as accomplices (reports suggest they were not even aware of what had transpired).
Clinkingbeard has been booked into the Ada County Jail on three felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The police were originally called for what seemed to be an armed robbery, but nothing was stolen.
Clinkingbeard is running for the 1st district congressional seat in the May 15 primary race. Her official website is now down for maintenance.