February 10th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Authorities: Man who threatened Clinton's office arrested

New York (CNN) –Leeland Eisenberg, who authorities say held Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign office hostage in 2007, was arrested peacefully at his home in Dover, New Hampshire Wednesday morning, sheriff's officials said.

Eisenberg, who was on probation, had been on the lam for about 24 hours after managing to sever his GPS tracking bracelet at his home, said sheriff's officials.

"It was good old-fashioned police work," said Capt. Joe DiGregorio, from the Strafford County Sheriff's office. "People who escape often return to places that they're comfortable. Mr. Eisenberg seems to be no different."

Since 10:10 a.m. ET Tuesday, when the Department of Corrections received a tamper alert from Eisenberg's GPS bracelet, state agencies and local law enforcement have been searching for him, said Thomas Velardi, the Strafford County attorney.

Eisenberg was described by Velardi as having a history of mental and substance abuse problems.

"I'm relieved he is returned unharmed," said Velardi. "Hopefully, under state supervision, he can be safe and treated for his condition."

According to Velardi, in a move he did not agree with, Eisenberg was released from the Strafford County House of Corrections on Monday. However, the next morning, Eisenberg successfully severed his GPS with a "sharp object" and left it on a table in his home, Velardi said.

Within 15 minutes, police and Department of Corrections officials swarmed the home, but he was gone, according to Velardi.

In 2007 at the Clinton campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire, Eisenberg, armed with road flares strapped to his chest, claimed he had a bomb and took several hostages.

He was arrested and convicted of multiple counts of kidnapping, criminal threatening and false reports of explosives, said Velardi.

He was sentenced to what amounts to three years at the Strafford County House of Corrections and moved to a prison in Concord, New Hampshire because his sentence was more than 365 days.

Eisenberg served two-thirds of his time and was released on probation in November 2009. He violated his probation three times ranging from not charging his GPS to failing to take his medication, said Velardi.

There was no indication he resisted arrest and early reports indicate he was home alone, said DiGregorio.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Slave labor toyotas are great,hahaha

    A good republican always heads back to his sewer.

    February 10, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    Gotta love you tea party members.

    February 10, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Bob

    Ahhhhh, a GOP posterboy!

    February 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Average American

    Great work! I have so much respect for our police men and women.

    February 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    Another criminal that couldn't resist a tea-bagger event no doubt.

    February 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. charlotte

    Road flares? Ouch.

    February 10, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. A. Goodwin

    NH – Please do us all a favor and keep this man locked up. Thank you kindly from a resident of your state!!

    February 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Not another hero for the right wingnuts. They have so many role models like Eisenberg already.

    February 10, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    Now we see the weakness in our justice system. How many times does one have to violate his probation before he is placed in prison to complete his term?

    We'll see again.

    February 10, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. rachel

    Good crazy man he held hostages!

    February 10, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. GuyInVA

    "Good old fashioned police work." HE WAS AT HIS HOUSE!

    February 10, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Ryan

    These right-wing tea-partying wingnuts don't seem to understand that if you don't like someone or what they stand for... you simply just don't vote for them!

    Deciding you're above the law is UN-American.

    February 10, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Jackalope

    He ran out of teabags and needed to go out and get more. It was an emergency.

    February 10, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |