2007 Clinton office hostage taker accused of robbing bank

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Posted: Aug 03, 2016 1:05 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man convicted years ago of taking hostages at a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office in 2007 has been arrested in a New Hampshire bank robbery.

Police say 55-year-old parolee Leeland Eisenberg, of Concord, New Hampshire, was arrested Tuesday in Manchester. He was charged with robbery and being in possession of a controlled drug.

It wasn't immediately known if he has a lawyer. He was arraigned Wednesday.

Eisenberg, whose criminal record includes two rape convictions, spent at least two years behind bars for the November 2007 siege at Clinton's Rochester, New Hampshire, campaign office in her first run for president.

No one was hurt in the five-hour standoff. Eisenberg claimed to have a bomb, but it turned out to be road flares. He was released on probation in 2009 but served prison time again for probation violations before he was paroled June 7.

Police say video surveillance of the Manchester bank robbery helped lead them to Eisenberg, who was found walking in a cemetery Tuesday night.

At his arraignment in the Clinton office case, Eisenberg's lawyer portrayed him as a man at the end of his rope emotionally after being repeatedly turned down when he sought psychiatric help.

Eisenberg "heard voices and saw a movie in his head telling him he had to sacrifice himself" to shine light on the flaws in the health care system, then-lawyer Randy Hawkes said.