Saturday, December 01, 2007

Drunken Bender Results in NH Clinton HQ Hostage Crisis

Fresh off a two-day drunken bender, Leeland Eisenberg strapped highway flares to his waist with duct tape and took hostages at Hillary Clinton’s office here, demanding to speak to the senator in a five-hour standoff that drew national TV coverage.

Eisenberg, 47, of Somersworth surrendered into the arms of heavily armed SWAT police after an ordeal that began at 1 p.m. Five hostages including an infant were released unharmed.

Eisenberg’s frantic stepson, who begged police to let him “go tackle” his disturbed dad, told police early on that his stepfather was coming off a 48-hour drinking binge.

Eisenberg wanted to speak to Clinton and even called CNN during the hostage standoff to vent his anger over the lack of proper mental health care. He finally surrendered to a SWAT team at about 6:15 p.m.

A Herald reporter watched as Eisenberg, dressed in a white shirt, gray jacket and red tie, calmly walked into the middle of the street - duct tape visible on his midsection - and held his arms up, slowly took off his jacket and turned around for police.
That bender is going to cost Eisenberg dearly.

He's apparently an ex-convict and a repeat offender on top of his mental health issues. Not only should he receive the appropriate mental health treatment, but he will also need to pay for his criminal acts.

Thankfully the incident resolved itself without any injuries.

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