Feds accuse Rep. Zeldin’s attacker of assaulting a member Congress

The man who attacked Rep. Lee Zeldin (the GOP nominee for New York Governor) was taken into custody on Saturday and is facing federal charges.

Police convicted David Jakubonis of assaulting a member Congress. His court appearance is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Jakubonis initially was arrested for attempted assault in the second degree, but was later released under his own name on Thursday. This occurred shortly after he attempted to jump onto the podium and attack the candidate at an event upstate. The incident did not result in any serious injuries to Mr. Zeldin.

Mr. Zildin used the occasion to communicate on law and order. He promised to fire any district attorneys that do not follow the law.

“We can’t live in a place where someone who tries to stab me at campaign rallies then is immediately freed.” Mr. Zeldin stated. New York’s cashless bail laws must be abolished. Kathy Hochul is refusing to do this. I will !”

Mr. Zeldin stated that he would increase his security staff for the remainder of the campaign up to November while Ms. Hochul.

Correction: An earlier version of this report misspelled Mr. Jakubonis’ surname.

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