Report: Armed man takes hostages at/near Hillary NH office; WMUR confirms two being held; Update: Released?; Update: Report – Still two hostages being held?; Three total released, suspect ID’d as conspiracy theorist; Update: hostage situation still “fluid,” police logs added, Update: NBC ID’s different suspect, another hostage reportedly released; Local paper publishes new suspect ID: Leeland Eisenberg; suspect in custody
Update 7:13pm Eastern. Guess which network the hostage-taker was trying to contact?
Starts with a “C” and ends with “N.”
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reported that Mr. Eisenberg had been calling the cable network’s Washington bureau throughout the afternoon. Mr. Blitzer said that Mr. Eisenberg had been complaining about the mental health care system in the United States.
WMUR: Leeland Eisenberg surrenders
“Eisenberg was scheduled to appear in Strafford County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday with his wife for a domestic violence hearing.”
Update 6:23pm Eastern. Last hostage–a male campaign worker–is released. Eisenberg surrenders. WMUR has video.
Update 5:40pm Eastern. Another hostage reportedly released. Foster’s Daily Democrat, a local newspaper, identifies the suspect as Leeland Eisenberg of Somersworth. WMUR adds that Eisenberg had sought “roadside flares” before the incident.
Eisenberg shows up in Rochester police logs for DWI and stalking incidents:
11:13 p.m. – Near Cumberland Farms on Milton Road, Leeland Eisenberg, 46, of 182 Milton Road, 16, is charged with DWI.
Monday, June 11, 2007 With the help of a resident who called to report a suspected drunken driver on Washington Street, police charged Leeland Eisenberg, 46, of 182 Milton Road, Apartment 16, Rochester with driving while intoxicated.
7:51 p.m. –Leeland Eisenberg, 46, of Milton Road, 16, is charged with two counts of stalking.
Foster’s Daily Democrat has learned the suspect who took hostages at the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign headquarters is Leeland Eisenberg of Somersworth, who is well known to police in Rochester.
And here’s a letter published in the FDD on March 20:
Rochester police get slap in the face
To the editor:
The Rochester Police Department was trying to be proactive and help the citizen’s of Rochester from thieves and what they got was a slap in the face.
For every minute that Capt. Dumas has to spend dealing with the antics of Leeland Eisenberg it is one less minute he has to spend helping someone with something important. Mr. Eisenberg is wasting the time and the money of the taxpayers.
Police officers risk their life every day helping people, and to make them question if they should put a piece of paper in a car is just wrong.
Why can’t people focus on the important things?
Update 5:19pm Eastern. I’m told NBC is identifying a different suspect than FNC ID’d. Allah’s got much more. Two hostages apparently still being held.
Update 5:07pm Eastern. The Manchester Union Leader reports that GOP candidates kept their offices open: “The Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani campaigns kept their offices in Manchester and Portsmouth open, according to their state campaign managers.”
Update 4:51pm Eastern. The Huffington Post attempts to contact Troy Stanley by phone. Wait a minute! Isn’t that “stalking”!
(hat tip – Matt)
FYI, with a hat tip to commenters, when you search “Troy Stanley,” these entries pop up in the Rochester police log:
11:38 a.m. — Troy Alan Stanley, 44, of 15 Strafford Inn, Farmington, is charged with criminal trespass and obstructing government administration.
6:14 p.m. — Troy Alan Stanley, 44, of Rochester Hill Road, is arrested on a bench warrant for disorderly conduct.
10:13 a.m. — Troy Alan Stanley, 44, of 287 Rochester Hill Road, 201, is charged with criminal trespass.
Troy A. Stanley, 44, of 201 Sofield Apartments, Rochester was charged with suspended registration and driving after revocation or suspension at 12:56 p.m. on July 27. He will appear Sept. 14 in Rochester District Court.
WMUR screenshot of second hostage released
Update 4:35pm Eastern. Rochester PD press conference starting shortly. (Update – It’s started, but PD is not giving out much info due to fluid situation of the investigation.) WMUR reports Stanley was in the middle of a divorce, had been drinking for 72 hours, was “not in the right state of mind.”
Update 3:54pm Eastern. ABC – Three total hostages released. Two adults and a baby. Suspect’s weapon described as a pipe bomb.
FNC identifying the suspect as Troy Stanley and describing him as a conspiracy theorizer. Mother reportedly negotiating to get him to surrender.
Question to MSM: If we–or you–start Googling “Troy Stanley,” does that qualify as “stalking,” too?
Update 3:26pm Eastern. WBZ reporting that there are two more hostages still in the office. WMUR and ABC reporting that the suspect is an older man with a history of mental illness who told his son to watch the news today.
Update 3:15pm Eastern. Hostages released? WMUR reporting that two hostages are safe…
Update 2:29pm Eastern. Unconfirmed reports: Hostage-taker is demanding to talk to Hillary.
Edwards’ office evacuated.
Update 2:15pm Eastern. FNC’s Major Garrett reporting that Hillary Clinton has canceled a speech event in Va. WMUR reports that it has confirmed through law enforcement that two campaign workers are being held.
Several elementary and middle schools are on lockdown.
An armed man has taken people hostage at the Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, police said.
It was not clear how many hostages there were or what weapons the man has. Police have set up a command post near the office on 28 North Main St.
Will monitor it.
Pray that it turns out alright and that no one is hurt.
WDHD is reporting Rochester has been evacuated after a bomb threat.
Take with a grain of salt, but here’s one eyewitness report from WMUR:
“A young woman with a 6-month or 8-month-old infant came rushing into the store just in tears, and she said, ‘You need to call 911. A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape,'” witness Lettie Tzizik said.
Obama’s Manchester office has been evacuated as a safety precaution.
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