Santa Cruz homeless person Stephen Brown, seen here photographed in his county orange by the local sheriff's department, was arrested earlier this week after threatening to blow up Congressman Sam Farr's office because Farr's secretary refused to go out to lunch with him.
Brown, who is 72, strolled into Farr's office in the Santa Cruz County Building around lunchtime on Monday and told the Congressman's secretary that he was going to take her out to lunch. When she declined, Brown exploded — walking out, saying he would wait for the congressman and then "blow up the county building."
The secretary called the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's office around 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, setting off a countywide alert for the man. A few hours later, Brown turned up at a military recruiting office across town on 41st Avenue. After a tussle with the fuzz, Brown was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of making terrorist threats. According to the Sheriff's department Brown never actually had any bomb making materials in his possession and there was no evidence that he was threatening anything other than an awkward lunch date.