Video recorded by NBC affiliate WHEC captured the moment a man attempted to attack Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who is running for New York governor, at a campaign event in Perinton. The man was subdued by people in attendance and authorities took the man into custody.
The man has been charged, but was almost immediately released on his own recognizance.
The suspect, identified as David G. Jakubonis, 43 of Fairport, N.Y., was charged with attempted assault in the second degree. He was arraigned in Perinton Town Court and released on his own recognizance, the sheriff’s department said.
Zeldin, who was giving a speech about bail reform at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post when the alleged assault happened, predicted the alleged attacker would be released.
Prior to the Zeldin campaign event, Hochul’s campaign sent out a media advisory, titled “‘Big Lie’ Lee kicks off statewide ‘MAGA Republican’ bus tour,” to subscribers of its email list. That email, according to NY1 reporter Zack Fink, contained information pertaining to Zeldin’s upcoming campaign events, including the dates and times the events were scheduled to begin.
“On Thursday, July 21, 2022, ‘Big Lie’ Lee and his entourage of extremists kick off the statewide ‘MAGA Republican’ Bus Tour, which will make stops across the state peddling dangerous lies, misinformation, and his far-right agenda,” the campaign email stated. “At stops during the tour, Zeldin will be joined by top anti-abortion advocates, NRA enthusiasts, and a cast of extremist groups.”
I have one question. Has he met with the FIB anytime lately?
“His words as he tried to stab me a few hours ago were ‘you’re done’, but several attendees, including @EspositoforNY, quickly jumped into action & tackled the guy,” Zeldin wrote in a tweet. “Law enforcement was on the scene within minutes. The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.”
This is the weapon: