Man Who Attacked Rep. Zeldin Arrested on Fed. Assault Charge

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As RedState reported on Thursday, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) was attacked while making a campaign stop in Perinton, New York. Zeldin is the GOP’s candidate running for governor in November. David Jakubonis was charged then quickly released with no bail, my colleague Nick Arama wrote on Friday:


After making an alleged attack on a major political candidate, with an accompanying threat, the man, David Jakubonis, 43, was charged with attempted assault in the second degree and then immediately released, within hours of his arrest, without bail.

Now, the suspect’s back in custody and facing a federal assault charge, Fox News reports.

Fox News:

The suspect in the attack of Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., was arrested Saturday afternoon on a federal assault charge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York announced.

David Jakubonis is scheduled to make his first court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marion W. Payson Saturday. Zeldin is running for New York governor as a Republican.

There’s also updated information on what weapon Zeldin’s assailant wielded. Moments after the attack, a reporter guessed that it was a pair of brass knuckles.

According to Fox News, “Jakubonis was holding a black hardened plastic keychain with two sharp points designed for self-defense, police said.”



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