U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin was attacked by a guy brandishing a sharp weapon at a political gathering near Rochester, New York, on Thursday night.
Zeldin, a Republican candidate for governor of New York, was not hurt, and there were no additional injuries noted, according to his spokesperson.
Katie Vincentz, Zeldin’s spokesperson, said in a tweet that the congressman went back on stage to finish his remarks and thanked the law enforcers who responded to the scene.
“Far more must be done to make NY safe again. This is out of hand. Rep. Zeldin is just the latest NY whose life has been affected by the out of control crime & violence in NY. This must stop! Thankfully, we still have exceptional officers answering the call to protect us,” Vincentz added.
The attacker was identified as 43-year-old David Jakubonis of Fairport, New York, who has been charged with attempted assault in the second degree, according to the statement released by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Jakubonis was arraigned in town court and released on his own recognizance.
However, it was not immediately clear if Jakubonis had an attorney.
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