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GET OUT OF JAIL FREE: Man Attacks New York GOP Gov Candidate, Released Within Hours

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.22.22

What can they hold you for in the Empire State?

New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin was attacked during a recent campaign stop in Monroe County; Zeldin was giving a speech on stage when a knife-wielding man approached and threatened him.

“His words as he tried to stab me a few hours ago were ‘you’re done’, but several attendees, including @EspositoforNY, quickly jumped into action & tackled the guy,” Zeldin tweeted early Friday. “Law enforcement was on the scene within minutes. The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.”

Zeldin was right.

According to The New York. Post, “David Jakubonis, 43, from Fairport, New York, was arraigned overnight in Perinton Town Court on a count of second-degree attempted assault stemming from the attack on Rep. Zeldin but was quickly released on his own recognizance.”

“This guy tried to stab a man running for Governor and is back on the streets?!?” Desi Cuellar, a GOP congressional candidate from Queens, tweeted. “New York has truly become a sick place run by criminals!”

Ben Domenech, editor-at-large at The Spectator magazine, wrote: “Attempt to stab a GOP Congressman on stage, get released on your own recognizance. New York, everybody.”

Watch the altercation below:

More from The New York Post:

The 43-year-old man, who is reportedly an Iraq War veteran and was said to be drunk at the time, was seen on video jumping on stage and lunging at the candidate with an unknown weapon shaped like a cat’s face featuring two blades.

“I saw that he [was] approaching the congressman, so I jumped up on the stage,” witness Joe Chenelly told The Post.

Chenelly told Rochester First that when he later spoke with Jakubonis and found out the suspect had served in Iraq, he promised to get him help.

“When he said he served in Iraq, I got down hands on my knees and said, “You know, we’re going to get through whatever you’ve done here tonight. You’re going to get better and focus on that. You can contact me after this thing is done,’” Chenelly, who is running for the state Assembly, told the outlet.

Jakubonis was then detained by a number of witnesses including GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, Alison Esposito.

Continue reading over at The New York Post:

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