BOISE -- Police arrested a woman who reportedly walked into a Staples office supply store and threatened employees with a gun.
Employees at the store on Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard say they called police when 58-year-old Cynthia Clinkingbeard made strange, threatening comments to three workers and pulled out a handgun.
Clinkingbeard filed as a candidate to run in the primary for U.S. Representative. She is running as a democrat for the District 1 seat against Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). Clinkingbeard spoke to KTVB last Friday night as a witness to a Boise house fire; at the end of the interview, she says "Clinkingbeard for U.S. House of Representatives".
Traffic shut down during investigation
Witnesses were able to give police a description of the vehicle the woman drove away in. An Ada County sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.
Because they assumed Clinkingbeard was armed, officers shut down traffic in both directions on Eagle Road as a safety precaution.
Two other adults were inside the vehicle. Police say they were unaware of what had happened in the Staples store.
Clinkingbeard is charged with three counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She was booked into the Ada County Jail and as of Saturday afternoon was still in jail.
Public records: Clinkingbeard's medical license revoked because of mental illness
According to the Idaho State Board of Medicine, Clinkingbeard was a doctor specializing in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. According to public records, her license was permanently revoked in 2005.
The documents say Clinkingbeard suffers from bipolar disorder: "[Clinkingbeard's] bipolar condition is permanent and her manic episodes are progressively getting worse."
The Board also said she had self-prescribed medication using her medical license. The Board determined she could not practice medicine safely.
The document states: "The seriousness of her bipolar disorder is exacerbated by the additional dual diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder which has cause Respondent's resistance to treatment and lack of insight."
Suspect listed as current faculty at two colleges
Clinkingbeard is listed as an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University in the biological sciences department.
Current course catalogues at the College of Western Idaho show Clinkingbeard teaches "Health and Wellness" courses at that school.