Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that Leeland Eisenberg, 46, the man accused of taking six hostages at the Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester Friday, has an extensive criminal record dating back to the 1970s, including rape, escape, stalking and assault charges. Eisenberg, who was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail in Rochester District Court yesterday, is accused of walking into Clinton’s office with road flares strapped to his body, demanding to speak to Clinton about mental health care. He was arrested after a six-hour standoff with local, state and federal law enforcement officials.
At Eisenberg’s arraignment, his public defender claimed that Friday’s incident was an act of desperation to raise awareness of Eisenberg’s ailing mental health, the Daily Democrat reports. Randy Hawkes, Eisenberg’s public defender, said his client had attempted for some time to seek help at a local hospital and from local psychiatrists, but was denied access for a lack of insurance, the paper said. But the judge, citing public safety, ordered Eisenberg held in lieu of $500,000 bail and said he would await a mental health evaluation of by county correctional officials.