Lee Zeldin attacked in Perinton NY; David Jakubonis charged, released

A man was charged with attempted assault after attacking US Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for New York governorat a campaign event in the Rochester suburb of Perinton, officials said.

David G. Jakubonis, 43, of Perinton, was arraigned in Perinton Town Court and released on his own recognizance, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Zeldin, who was not hurt in the incident, was on stage giving a campaign speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8495 at 300 Macedon Center Road. Around 8 pm, the release said, Jakubonis climbed up on the stage, approached Zeldin and swung a weapon at the congressman’s neck, saying, “You’re done.”

Audience members and campaign staffers restrained Jakubonis until deputies led him away. Zeldin then finished his speech.

The event was billed as Zeldin’s first stop on a four-day “Unite to Fire Hochul” bus tour.

Video posted online showed a brief but potentially dangerous encounter during his speech.

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