Danielle Stella, a Minnesota congressional candidate hoping to unseat Ilhan Omar with promises of being tough on crime faces felony shoplifting charges, according to a report.
Stella, 31, was arrested twice this year in the thefts of 279 items worth more than $2,300 from a Target and $40 worth of goods from a grocery store, The Guardian reported.
“I am not guilty of these crimes. In this country, I am innocent until proven guilty and that is the law,” the special-education teacher told the news outlet.
“If I was guilty of crimes, I would never run for public office, putting myself in the public eye under a microscope to be attacked by all political sides,” added Stella, who this week described Minneapolis as “the crime capital of our country.”
Stella told police that she “remembers arriving at Target to purchase items but nothing else” due to post-traumatic stress disorder, and that she “normally she goes to Target with someone because of anxiety around people,” according to a criminal complaint cited by The Guardian.
An arrest warrant was put out for Stella for alleged contempt of court on April 4 after she failed to show up for a court hearing in the Jan. 8 Target case, the paper reported, citing police and court records.
On April 28, she was arrested in nearby Bloomington, Minnesota, for allegedly stealing a bottle of tick spray for cats, according to the report.
Stella is reportedly a believer in the infamous QAnon conspiracy, whose movement believes a deep state of Hollywood celebs and Democrats is working to undermine the president and is running an international pedophile ring.
Last month, Stella registered with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for the GOP nomination in Minnesota’s fifth congressional district.
She has accused Omar – one of four freshman congresswomen who comprise the far-left “Squad” — of being a criminal for advising immigrants how to avoid agents from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.