ROCHESTER, N.H. – A judge ordered a mental evaluation Monday for a man accused of taking workers hostage at a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign office after his demands to speak to the Democratic presidential candidate about health care were denied.
Family members and court documents said Leeland Eisenberg, 46, drank heavily the night before the standoff, and had told family members he wanted to get help but didn't have health insurance or money. He was ordered held on $500,000 bond.
"I want to make sure that this man doesn't go anywhere until he is dealt with properly," Rochester District Court Judge Daniel Cappiello said.
Eisenberg was accused of walking into the Clinton office on Friday with what appeared to be explosives strapped to his body.
He faces charges of kidnapping, criminal threatening and fraudulent use of a bomb-like device. The five-hour crisis ended peacefully, after all the hostages were released and Eisenberg walked out to surrender. The explosives turned out to be road flares Eisenberg had duct-taped to his body, according to authorities.
Strafford County Attorney Janice Rundles asked for the bond, saying Eisenberg had a lengthy criminal record, including a rape conviction, and had escaped while serving a 10-year sentence for that crime and committed rape again.
Eisenberg's public defender, Randy Hawkes, said Monday that Eisenberg was profoundly sorry for the trauma he caused to the campaign workers and for causing a disruption to the campaign. Hawkes also said Eisenberg, who had made repeated suicide attempts in the past, wanted to thank the police for not shooting him, even though he asked them to during the conflict.