Clinton hostage-taker arrested after halfway house escape

Leeland Eisenberg will be charged with attempted escape.  PHOTO CREDIT: scaredmonkeys.com
Leeland Eisenberg will be charged with escape.
Credit: scaredmonkeys.com

A man who took several hostages in 2007 at a New Hampshire presidential campaign office for then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton was arrested Monday morning after he was reported missing Sunday from a halfway house in Manchester.

Leeland Eisenberg, 52, has been serving a 3 1/2- to 7-year sentence for the incident in Rochester, N.H., in which he claimed to be wearing a bomb that turned out to be road flares.

Police said he was arrested without incident around 8:30 a.m.

Eisenberg was not in his room at the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit, a halfway house in Manchester, when a regular headcount was taken Sunday, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections said in a statement.

He was eligible for parole in August and his maximum release date would have been February 2017, the department said, but he will be charged with escape for this incident.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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