A person has been charged with attempted assault in New York’s Fairport for his role in an assault on Congressman Lee Zeldin during a political campaign event in Perinton on the evening of July 21. Zeldin is the Republican’s choice for governor of New York State. David Jakubonis, a 43-year-old resident of Fairport, was identified as the attacker in the early hours of Friday. He was charged with attempted second-degree assault.
According to WROC, the person “wrestled” with Zeldin for a brief period before pulling a knife. In a video posted on Twitter in reaction to The Associated Press, the person appeared to grab Zeldin’s arm before the two appeared to fall to the ground together. After a brief struggle, several bystanders disarmed the man and bound him with zip ties they’d ripped from political campaign posters, according to WHEC-TV. The attacker was dressed in black shorts, a t-shirt, a black cap, and sunglasses on the day of the attack. Follow satiknews.com for latest updates.
Lee Zeldin, a Republican, is currently running against New York Governor Kathy Hochul in the general election. Jakubonis allegedly said, “Okay, you’re done,” before striking him. A former neighbor claims that Jakubonis, 43, of Fairport saw a “rapid slide” in his psychological well-being after the death of his partner Candyce and his medical release in 2012. He appears to be experiencing some sort of nervous breakdown, according to a neighbor. After his wife passed away, he gradually started to become more and more distant. He is a peculiar man with social problems. He would behave or speak in ways that children might.
Despite Jakubonis’ obvious psychological health issues, his Army career was quite impressive. After his wife left him, Jakubonis’ brother was given custody of the twins.
Who is David Jakubonis?
In answer to Army Major Jackie Wren, Jakubonis served in the Army from January 2007 to January 2012 as a Medical Laboratory Specialist. He was also deployed to Iraq from December 2008 to December 2009. Throughout his service, he held the position of knowledge (E4). He went on to say that his military career was anything but ordinary because it was filled with numerous honors. Through the course of his service, Jakubonis received the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, two Army Achievement medals, one for good conduct, and the National Defense Service medal.
Before enlisting in the Army, David studied medical laboratory sciences at George Washington University in 2007 and 2008. From 2012 to 2014, he majored in psychology and criminal justice at the Rochester Institute of Technology. According to his LinkedIn profile, he joined the RIT Veterans Club in 2014. He still serves as the club’s chief of morale today. After completing his education, he joined the Army and worked there as a medical laboratory technician from 2007 to 2012. His profile simply states, “Hire me,” and his bio indicates that he is looking for work right now.