On Thursday, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who is running for governor of the Empire State, was attacked on stage during a campaign stop by a man with a sharp object. The assassination failed due to the quick actions of Zeldin and others present, who subdued the suspect.
“Thank you to everyone who reached out following tonight’s attack in Fairport,” Zeldin said in a statement. “Someone tried to stab me on stage during this evening’s rally, but fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him. I’m ok, and Alison Esposito, and all other attendees are safe.”
Zeldin also expressed gratitude for those who stepped up to subdue the attacker and for law enforcement for their quick response. “I’m as resolute as ever to do my part to make New York safe again,” Zeldin said. “This suspect will likely be right back out on the street immediately.”
According to a statement released by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department Thursday evening, the suspect, 43-year-old David Jakubonis, was charged with “Attempted Assault in the Second Degree (E-Felony)” and then “released on his own recognizance.”
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