Rep. Lee Zeldin’s alleged attacker detained following federal court hearing

David Jakubonis, 43, appeared before Justice of the Peace Marian Payson in the Western District of New York on Thursday for a bail hearing, but the judge decided he needed more information, according to a statement from Justice Department spokeswoman Barbara Burns.

Payson asked to review the videos of Jakubonis’ interview with law enforcement after his arrest as well as the video of the incident, Burns said in the statement.

Zeldin was giving a speech in Fairport, New York, on July 21 when a man came on stage “and attempted to stab” Zeldin, according to a campaign statement.

The GOP lawmaker “grabbed the assailant’s wrist to arrest him until several other people helped him down to the ground,” according to the statement.

The congressman returned to the stage to finish his remarks after the alleged perpetrator was arrested, the Zeldin campaign said.

Jakubonis was first released on his own recognizance shortly after an initial statewide arrest, but has since been charged federally with assaulting a congressman with a dangerous weapon, Burns previously said. .

Jakubonis approached the congressman, extended a key chain with two sharp points toward him and grabbed his arm, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney for Western New York Trini E. Ross on Saturday. He is due back in court for a status conference on August 24.


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