Leeland Eisenberg, who held at least five campaign workers hostage this afternoon at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, NH, surrendered to police at 6:15 this evening. Cable news caught live the arrest with Eisenberg, in a white shirt and red tie, emerging from the building, dropping to his knees, then being handcuffed and whisked away.
The 46-year-old Eisenberg, who lives in Somersworth, NH, was scheduled to appear at Strafford County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. today with his wife Lisa (Warren) Eisenberg for a final domestic violence hearing.
From the Rochester Times:
Divorce papers filed on Nov. 27 indicated Eisenberg was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, domestic related, and violation of a protective order. In the papers, Warren said the divorce was a result irreconcilable differences and complained that Eisenberg suffered from "severe alcohol and drug abuse, several verbal abuse and threats."Eisenberg filed suit in 2002 against the Archdiocese of Boston, alleging that he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest. The lawsuit filings indicate that Leeland Eli Eisenberg was a 21-year-old homeless man, living in abandoned cars, when he was purportedly molested on numerous occasions by the priest.
The documents also list an alias for Eisenberg of Ralph E. Woodward, Jr. Court documents from Massachusetts also describe Leeland Eisenberg as an inmate at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections facility in Bridgewater, MA in 1999.
Leeland Eisenberg was also arrested on a DUI charge 11 June 2007.
Eisenberg told hostage negotiators today that he wanted to contact Senator Clinton to complain about his mental-health treatment. Eisenberg also reportedly called CNN during the standoff and and talked to network staffers.
There is still no word from media or government sources on the mystery over earlier reports providing two different names - Troy Alan Stanley and Leeland Eisenberg - as the possible suspect. The information attributed to the people identified as relatives of a Troy Alan Stanley coincides with what is known about Eisenberg, who reportedly has used a number of aliases in the past.
Eisenberg got into an argument with local police in March over their efforts to place warning flyers in unlocked cars, which police commenced in order to reduce auto thefts. The flyers reminded targeted individuals to make sure that they locked their car doors. Eisenberg complained that the campaign was a violation of property rights and was in conflict with the Fourth Amendment, which guards against illegal searches and seizures.
"It's an outrage, it's an absolute outrage," Eisenberg told WMUR television, adding that he planned to demand that state and federal authorities investigate the Rochester police. "That's a crime. They violated my civil rights and the rights of many citizens in this city that are not even aware of it."
Rochester resident Melissa Picard took issue with the "antics" of Eisenberg, and defended the local police in a 20 March 2007 letter to the Foster's Daily Democrat:
Rochester police get slap in the face
To the editor:
The Rochester Police Department was trying to be proactive and help the citizen’s of Rochester from thieves and what they got was a slap in the face.
For every minute that Capt. Dumas has to spend dealing with the antics of Leeland Eisenberg it is one less minute he has to spend helping someone with something important. Mr. Eisenberg is wasting the time and the money of the taxpayers.
Police officers risk their life every day helping people, and to make them question if they should put a piece of paper in a car is just wrong.
Why can’t people focus on the important things?