A man suspected of assaulting Rep. Lee Zeldin, RN.Y., earlier this week has been arrested and charged nationwide with an attack on a member of Congress with a dangerous weapon.
A speaker for the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York, NBC News said David Jakubonis, 43, made his first court appearance on Saturday.
Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor of New York, was attacked by a man brandishing a sharp object at a campaign rally in the city of Perinton on Thursday night.
Assistant US Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who is handling the case, described the object as “a bunch of keys with two sharp points.”
Video of the attack shows a man on stage with Zeldin grabbing his arm before they fall to the ground.
“You’re done,” the man can be heard repeating during the attack, which took place around 8 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Perinton.
The attack ended after the suspect was restrained by people in the audience and members of Zeldin’s campaign, video captured by Rochester’s NBC affiliate WHEC shows.
No one at the event, including Zeldin, was injured in the attack.
Jakubonis is also being charged by the state. Earlier this week he was charged with second-degree attempted assault, a felony.
He is currently being held in custody pending a hearing on Wednesday. according to the US Attorney’s Office.
Phil Helsel and Eric Ortiz contributed.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-suspected-attacking-gop-rep-lee-zeldin-arrested-federal-assault-ch-rcna39712 Man suspected of assaulting GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin arrested on federal assault charges