State office break-in suspect on leave from teaching

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence public school teacher charged with breaking into the office of the Rhode Island Attorney General is now on administrative leave from her job.

Cynthia Jones, 45, of Warwick, faced a judge Monday on charges she broke into the Attorney General’s office building on South Main Street at two o’clock that morning, armed with a snow brush (instead of the machete a caller originally believed it to be).

Police said Jones told detectives she went to the office because she wanted to draw attention to several personal problems, and to speak with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

A spokesman for the Providence School Department said Monday she is now on administrative leave.

Jones is charged with breaking and entering and interference with a fire alarm — police said she activated a fire alarm box on the outside of the building, summoning firefighters. She has pleaded not guilty.

A judge ordered her held Monday on $25,000 surety bail, and for her to get a mental health evaluation.

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