Clinton field office hostage crisis in New Hampshire ends

December 1st, 2007 - 4:49 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Dec.1 (ANI): A man who claimed to have a bomb walked into Senator Hillary Rodham Clintons campaign field office here Friday and took three campaign workers hostage for hours before surrendering to the police.
Nobody was hurt, and after the man, identified as Leeland Eisenberg of nearby Somersworth, was taken into custody.
The New York Times quoted the police as saying that Eisenberg had nothing more than road flares taped to his chest.
They would not discuss Eisenbergs motive or mental state, but said he could face federal as well as state charges once the investigation was complete.
Mrs. Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, was far from New Hampshire during the incident, preparing to give a speech to the Democratic National Committee in suburban Virginia, which she cancelled. C
Clinton said that she was relieved to hear that the incident had ended without any mishap.
She said that her top priority was ensuring that no one was injured. Mrs. Clinton flew from Washington to New Hampshire late Friday, intending to meet with the workers who had been held hostage before she travelled on to Iowa.
Im so grateful for them every single day, she said, and especially just relieved to have this situation end so peacefully without anyone being injured, she said.
The incident, which played out at the office on North Main Street over almost six hours, virtually shut down the business district of this small former mill city of 30,000 about 70 miles north of Boston.
The police evacuated buildings along North Main Street. Nearby campaign offices for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and John Edwards were also evacuated.
Stunned residents watched from behind police barricades as law enforcement officials in camouflage and body armour swarmed around the low brick building where Mrs. Clinton, of New York, rents office space. She has several campaign offices throughout New Hampshire, where the presidential primary is scheduled for Jan. 8, five days after the Iowa caucuses.
Chief David Dubois of the Rochester Police Department said Eisenberg had entered Mrs. Clintons office around lunchtime, encountering three members of the campaign staff, one volunteer and a child. He soon released the child and the volunteer, who immediately notified the police. A second woman escaped a few hours later.
Eisenberg, 47, was scheduled to attend a hearing at Strafford County Superior Court on Friday afternoon regarding domestic violence charges that his wife had filed against him, according to Fosters Daily Democrat, a state newspaper.
The newspaper also reported that, according to divorce papers filed this week, Eisenberg had been arrested and charged with criminal mischief and violating a protective order.
His wife, Lisa, said in the filings that she was seeking a divorce based on irreconcilable differences and that Eisenberg abused drugs and alcohol, the newspaper reported.
Chief Dubois said Friday night that the hostages were home recovering with their families and doing well. (ANI)

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