Hillary Clinton accused shoe-thrower linked to Colorado mass shooter James Holmes

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Alison Michelle Ernst, charged with throwing a sneaker at Hillary Clinton during a convention speech Thursday, has been escorted by security guards before. She made a scene in Colorado in 2012 at a hearing for James Holmes, the mass shooter who attacked a movie theater showing a ‘Batman’ movie.

LVMPDAlison Michelle Ernst has been identifed has the woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas. 

 

The woman who fired a shoe at Hillary Clinton in a Las Vegas casino made a bizarre — if not barefoot — appearance at a 2012 Colorado hearing for mass killer James Holmes.

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, of Phoenix, was identified Friday as the footwear-flinging assailant who targeted the former First Lady one day earlier.

Colorado officials also confirmed she was the woman escorted from a court hearing in August 2012 for the suspect accused of killing 12 people and wounding another 70 in an Aurora movie theater.

POOL PHOTORJ SANGOSTI/APJames E. Holmes is accused in the 2012 Colorado movie theater mass shooting. Alison Michelle Erns — arrested Thurday for allegedly throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech — attended one of his court hearings and proclaimed she had evidence of judicial misconduct.

Ernst appeared at the Holmes hearing wearing a red dress with her head shaved bald — a different look than the blonde wig and blue dress she sported for the Thursday shoe-tossing, officials said.

Ernst sat in the last row of the Colorado courtroom before announcing that she had evidence of judicial misconduct in the case. Two deputies quickly escorted her outside.

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A woman has been arrested by police in Las Vegas after she threw a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday during a speaking event. (April 10)

Twenty months later, security personnel steered Ernst out of Mandalay Bay after she fired a black and orange sneaker past Clinton’s right ear.

Ernst “appeared to be in an agitated state but aware of what she had just done,” according to a one-page report from a Las Vegas police detective.

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 10:  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks after a woman threw an object toward her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinton is continuing on a speaking tour this week with the stop at the recycling industry trade conference. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks Thursday after a woman identified as Alison Michelle Ernst allegedly threw an object toward her while she spoke at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industrie in Las Vegas.
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  • LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 10:  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks after a woman threw an object toward her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinton is continuing on a speaking tour this week with the stop at the recycling industry trade conference. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
  • LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 10:  An agent and a staff member enter stage to assist former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a woman threw an object toward her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinton is continuing on a speaking tour this week with the stop at the recycling industry trade conference. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
  • LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 10:  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks to the crowd after a woman threw an object toward her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinton is continuing on a speaking tour this week with the stop at the recycling industry trade conference. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

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Ernst was charged with disorderly conduct in Thursday’s deja shoe incident, reminiscent of a similar footwear assault on President George W. Bush in Iraq.

The attack on Clinton occurred off the Las Vegas strip inside the casino resort, authorities said.

A woman,center, is lead away by a security team after someone through an object at former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she spoke to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Thursday, April 10, 2014. STEVE MARCUSSTEVE MARCUSAlison Michelle Ernst, center, is led away by a security team after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she spoke to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Ernst, after sneaking by security at a credentialing checkpoint, “walked at a quick pace toward the front of the conference crowd,” the single-page report recounted.

Once Ernst arrived about 60 feet from Clinton, she reached into her purse and produced a black and orange sneaker. Authorities said the suspect was wearing sandals, indicating she brought the black and orange shoe specifically to toss at Clinton.

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The sailing shoe set the crowd into “fear and confusion as to what had just happened,” the report said — although Clinton shrugged the incident off with a joke.

“Is that part of the Cirque du Soleil?” she deadpanned.

Las Vegas authorities brought the charges against Ernst after federal authorities opted not to prosecute, according to Secret Service spokesman George Oglivie.

Security quickly grabbed Ernest and led her from room where Clinton was addressing representatives from Scrap Recycling Industries. She was released around 9 p.m., cops said.

The suspect stood passively with her hands in the air once the shoe whizzed past Clinton’s right ear. Ernst is due back in court June 24.

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