Woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton identified

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:25am

The woman accused of chucking a shoe at the head of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas has been released from jail, according to police.

On Thursday, Clinton stopped at Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip to talk about, among other things, recycling and free trade. About three minutes into the former first lady's speech, Clinton ducked as an object flew past her head.

Shortly after, a woman was seen attempting to race out of the hall, but raised her hands as if to surrender to security officials who had her quickly surrounded.

"Was that a bat?" Clinton asked afterward. "That's someone throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque du Soleil? My goodness. I didn't know solid waste management was so controversial."

According to an arrest report released Friday, 36-year-old Alison Ernst got past security barriers at the entrance of the hall, walked quickly toward the stage, pulled a shoe from her purse and flung it at Clinton.

Ernst, who was described in the report as being in an agitated state when she was arrested, was charged with disorderly conduct.

Ernst was released from jail on her own recognizance. She was ordered to return to court for a hearing on June 24.

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