Who is David Jakubonis?
- Lee Zeldin was delivering a speech when a man tried to stab him
- The 43-year-old suspect charged in the incident is from Fairport
- Zeldin's running mate was one of the people who helped subdue the suspect
The suspect who allegedly attacked New York gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin at a campaign event has been identified by police as David Jakubonis.
Zeldin was delivering a speech in the upstate town of Fairport Thursday evening when a man tried to stab him. Police said that the Republican who is standing against the state's Democratic governor, Kathy Hochul, was unharmed in the incident.
According to police, the 43-year-old suspect is from Fairport and has been charged with attempted assault in the second degree and "arraigned in Perinton Town Court and released on his own recognizance."
A LinkedIn profile in the name of "David Jakubonis, Fairport, New York" states that he is currently unemployed and looking for a new job. The profile says that Jakubonis studied clinical laboratory sciences at George Washington University and criminal justice at Rochester Institute of Technology. He then went on to work as a lab technician in the US Army for five years.
Local broadcaster WROC reported that Jakubonis was an Iraq war veteran.
"A male from the crowd climbed up on the stage and approached Zeldin. The malehad a weapon in his hand, swung it towards Zeldin's neck, and told him, 'You're done,'" said Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
"Members of the audience and Rep. Zeldin's campaign restrained the male until deputies arrived and took him into custody. There were no injuries."
New York GOP Chair Nick Langworthy said in a statement: "Thanks to the swift action of several brave eventgoers, the perpetrator was subdued."
Langworthy said Zeldin's running mate, former New York Police Department officer Alison Esposito, was one of the people who helped subdue the suspect.