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Aug 3, 2016 8:05 PM

Man who once held NH Clinton campaign office hostage faces new robbery and drug charges

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MANCHESTER - A man who held hostages inside a Hillary Clinton campaign office in 2007 has been arrested on robbery and drug charges.

Leeland Eisenberg, 55, was arraigned via phone from Catholic Medical Center Thursday. Manchester police said Eisenberg handed a note to to a teller at the Citizen's Bank on Elm St. Tuesday, demanding cash and claiming to have a gun.

Eisenberg was found hours later at the Valley Street Cemetery at 6:45 p.m.

Eisenberg is charged with two felonies, robbery and drug possession. Police said he was found with 6.5 grams of crack cocaine.

During his arraignment Eisenberg told the court he would represent himself. He's being held on $25,000 bail and will be back in court August 17th.

Eisenberg held several hostages inside a Clinton campaign office in Rochester in 2007. He claimed to be carrying explosives, which were later deemed to be road flares. No one was injured but during the 9 hour standoff he demanded to talk to Hillary Clinton and news outlets complaining about the country's mental health care resources.

Eisenberg has a long criminal past, including parole violations. He has been vocal about his mental health issues and trouble getting services and medication outside the prison system.

According to a spokesperson for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections (DOC), a person treated for mental health issues while incarcerated can be supplied a maximum of 1 months medication upon release. There are no mental health services for paroles at halfway housing units run by the D.O.C.

Eisenberg was paroled on June 7, 2016.

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