Lee Zeldin was delivering a speech when an individual climbed up to appear to be starting a wrestling match with the US rep. NBC New York reported.
As part of his campaign for advertising, the Republican candidate for New York Governor was in Monroe County to deliver a speech to his supporters on Thursday.
The suspect has been charged and Zeldin’s marketing campaign for advertising has responded.
Officials arrest Lee Zeldin suspect
Lee Zeldin was delivering a speech in Perinton on Thursday, July 21st when a person approached him with a “weapon” on his hand. This was consistent with Monroe County Sheriff’s Office’s press launch.
The incident took place at 8:08 PM native time. A member of the group climbed onto the stage and attempted to wrestle with Zeldin.
A social media video shows a man grabbing Zeldin’s hand sooner than other people intervening. The outlet stories show that the male fell down and grabbed Zeldin’s arm.
According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the person was charged with attempted assault during the second diploma in Perinton Town Court.
The individual was identified by authorities as David G. Jakubonis, 43, of Fairport. Officers spoke of his “release on his own recognizance”.
Statement by Zeldin
Zeldin made it clear that he was going to move forward by making an announcement on his official Twitter web page. He thanked everyone who reached out after the incident.
“Thank you to all who came forward after tonight’s attack on Fairport. “Someone tried to stab me at the rally stage, but I was able to grab his wrist and stop him until others tackled him,” Zeldin wrote in a tweet.
“I’m fine, and [Alison Esposito from the New York Republican Party] and all other guests are safe. The attacker is now in police custody. We are grateful to all those who responded quickly and for the assistance of the law enforcement officers. “I’m determined to do my part in making NY safer again.
Zeldin’s marketing campaign also launched an announcement, and stated: “Far greater must-haves be taken to make New York safer again.” This is a very dangerous state.
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.— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) July 22, 2022
Law enforcement was on the scene within minutes.
The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws. pic.twitter.com/wZEyIyrjFe
Kathy Hochul, New York’s governor, as opposed to Zeldin throughout the election. She condemned the attack and wrote, “I condemn this violent behavior with the strongest terms possible — It has no place here in New York.”
Republican Zeldin represents New York’s 1st Congressional District since 2015. Hochul is New York’s first female governor.