Jacob Murphy, a spokesman for Zeldin’s congressional office, said Zeldin suffered a minor scrape in the incident, according to The Associated Press. Jakubonis, who was free without bail almost immediately after his Thursday arrest, was arrested again on Saturday on a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress with a dangerous weapon.
A woman passes out and a car alarm goes off in the middle of New York GOP gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin’s press conference on the attempted attack at his rally yesterday. pic.twitter.com/aRiNhqzNra— The Recount (@therecount) July 22, 2022
Jakubonis is being held in jail until his next hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday. According to ABC News, Jakubonis told investigators he had been drinking on Thursday before the attack.
Caught On Cam: 43-year-old David Jakubonis has been charged with attempted assault in the second degree. US Rep. Lee Zeldin’s campaign says Jakubonis “attempted to stab” the congressman. Jakubonis was arraigned and released on his own recognizance: https://t.co/S4jOn8NTYL pic.twitter.com/mgM6EtqeSd— HLN (@HLNTV) July 22, 2022
He said he did not know who Zeldin was, or even that Zeldin was a politician, ABC reported. He said that he went on the stage to ask the speaker whether he was disrespecting veterans. Jakubonis said he served in the Iraq war as a member of the U.S. Army. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Video of David Jakubonis as he was taken away by FBI from the Federal Courthouse in Rochester. Jakubonis was arrested Thursday night after attacking Congressman Lee Zeldin during his campaign appearance in Perinton. pic.twitter.com/iwfAivmo45— Patrick Moussignac (@WHEC_Moussignac) July 23, 2022