Jul 25, 2022
David Jakubonis faces federal charge in attempted assault on Zeldin Transcript
The man accused of trying to assault Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin is now facing a federal charge. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1: (00:00)
The man accused of trying to assault Republican gubernatorial candidate, Lee Zeldin, is now facing a federal charge. Today, 43 year old David Jakubonus was arrested and charged with assaulting a member of Congress, using a dangerous weapon. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Yesterday, the suspect was arraigned on a separate state charge and released without bail. Jakubonus was seen trying to swing a sharp object at the congressman’s neck during a rally near Rochester, Thursday. Zeldin, who was not hurt, was asked today about the new charges.
Lee Zeldin: (00:34)
If I was to put on a prosecutorial hat, which I’m not wearing right now, but if I was to put one on, I would offer that there are elements that I believe could get met for a more severe charge.
Speaker 1: (00:45)
The suspect is being held pending his next hearing on July 27th.