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Man who threatened Clinton's office in 2007 arrested again

By Edmund DeMarche, CNN
SWAT team members respond to the 2007 incident at Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign office.
SWAT team members respond to the 2007 incident at Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign office.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Leeland Eisenberg entered campaign office in 2007 with road flares strapped to his chest
  • Eisenberg convicted of kidnapping, criminal threatening, false reports of explosives
  • He was released Monday, on the lam Tuesday, arrested Wednesday in New Hampshire
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New York (CNN) -- Leeland Eisenberg, who authorities say held Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign office hostage in 2007, was arrested peacefully at his home in Dover, New Hampshire, on Wednesday morning, sheriff's officials said.

Eisenberg, who was on probation, had been on the lam for about 24 hours after managing to sever his GPS tracking bracelet at his home, sheriff's officials said.

"It was good, old-fashioned police work," said Capt. Joe DiGregorio of the Strafford County Sheriff's office. "People who escape often return to places that they're comfortable. Mr. Eisenberg seems to be no different."

State agencies and local law enforcement began looking for Eisenberg at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday when the Department of Corrections received a tamper alert from the GPS bracelet, said Thomas Velardi, the Strafford County attorney.

Velardi said Eisenberg has a history of mental illness and substance abuse problems.

"I'm relieved he is returned unharmed," Velardi said. "Hopefully, under state supervision, he can be safe and treated for his condition."

According to Velardi, in a move he did not agree with, Eisenberg was released from the Strafford County House of Corrections on Monday. The next morning he cut of his GPS and left it on a table in his home, Velardi said.

Within 15 minutes, police and Department of Corrections officials swarmed the home, but he was gone, Velardi said.

In 2007 Eisenberg entered the Clinton campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire, with road flares strapped to his chest. He claimed he had a bomb and took several hostages.

He was arrested and convicted of multiple counts of kidnapping, criminal threatening and false reports of explosives, Velardi said.

Eisenberg was sentenced to three years at the Strafford County House of Corrections and moved to a prison in Concord, New Hampshire.

Eisenberg served two-thirds of his time and was released on probation in November 2009. He violated his probation three times, including not charging his GPS and failing to take his medication, Velardi said.

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