Hostages Taken in Hillary Clinton's Office
This is a developing story.
At approximately 1pm on Friday, a man walked into Clinton's headquarters on Main Street in Rochester, New Hampshire and demanded that everyone get down on the floor. He revealed what appeared to be a bomb strapped to him with duct tape. Initially there were 5 hostages, a man and woman with a small baby were released. Two volunteers are still inside. The hostage taker appears to be in his 40's with salt and pepper colored hair.
Communication has been successfully established with the hostage-taker is demanding to speak with Senator Clinton.
Howard Dean has just anounced that Hillary Clinton will not follow her planned schedule for the day and has canceled her 3:30 speaking event in Virginia.
All nearby offices have been evacuated. There are sharpshooters on the roof and police are positioned behind vehicles across the street. It is now being reported that there are two hostages instead of the earlier report of four.
As a precaution, the Obama and Edwards campaign offices have been evacuated. The media is being told to go to profile bank as the area has become overwhelmed with media.
The hostage taker has been idenitified as a local man by the name of Troy Stanley. Stanley had told his son earlier that day to "watch television". His son has told authorities that the reported bomb is not a bomb, that it is roadside flares made to look like a bomb. Stanley is known by locals in the area and is said to have mental problems. Mr. Stanley's ex-wife says that he is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and that he has not been taking his medication.
One hostage was seen exiting the building. It is believed that there are one or no hostages left.
UPDATE: 5:26PM ET.. It has been implied that there still may be 2 remaining hostages inside. Troy Stanley has been arrested three time and is well known by local authorities. Family members say that Stanley has been known to go on 72 hour drinking binges and live in the woods at times.
5:45PM ET.. Another hostage who appears to be in her 20's just emerged from Clinton's campaign office. More hostages may still be in the building.
The suspect was taken into custody at approximately 6:15PM ET. It appears that he has several aliases. One of those names is Troy Stanley. Police are now identifying him as Leeland Eisenberg.
11:00PM ET - It is being reported that the hostage taker, Leeland Eisenberg, has been struggling from issues stemming from past abuse by a priest.
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