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Man Who Attacked Lee Zeldin on Stage With Sharp Object Released From Jail Hours After Incident


Rep. Lee Zeldin, the republican candidate challenging Kathy Hochul in the upcoming New York governor race, was attacked on stage Thursday while giving a speech.

43-year-old David Jakubonis was brandishing a sharp object as he rushed the stage.

Video of the incident shows Jakubonis putting the object close to Zeldin’s face while saying something.

Zeldin was able to grab the attacker’s arm, buying time for his security team to tackle the man.

Zeldin said that he was ‘ok’ following the incident:

“Fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him.”

Jakubonis was charged with attempted assault, but was released just hours later.

This is what justice looks like in Kathy Hochul’s version of New York.

The attacker has already been released, as reported by Fox News:

A man who allegedly attacked Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., with a sharp object at a campaign stop in Perinton, New York, Thursday evening was charged with a felony and released from custody within hours of his arrest, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said.

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.

Here’s video of the attack:

The Associated Press reported on the deranged man’s assault on Rep. Zeldin:

A man brandishing a sharp object who attacked U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin as the Republican candidate for New York governor delivered a speech in western New York has been charged with attempted assault.

“I’m OK,” Zeldin said in a statement after the incident Thursday. “Fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him.”

David Jakubonis, 43, was arraigned and released, a Monroe County sheriff’s spokesperson said. It’s not clear whether Jakubonis has an attorney who can speak for him. A message seeking comment was left at a number listed for Jakubonis.


Kathy Hochul said she was “relieved” that Zeldin wasn’t injured:


However, Hochul previously released a campaign ad on Twitter, where she called Zeldin a “far-right extremist.”

She also released a “media advisory” about Zeldin’s speech beforehand, leaving many to criticize her for her rhetoric.


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