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The man who attacked NY gov candidate with $10 cat keyring weapon, taken into federal custody

The man who drunkenly attacked the Republican candidate for governor in New York was photographed being taken into custody by FBI, state and county police Saturday on federal assault charges, after being immediately released following the attack under the state’s bail reform laws.

David Jakubonis, 43, an Army veteran, was arrested after allegedly attacking Zeldin with a $10 cat keyring weapon at the congressman’s Thursday campaign rally for state governor, outside of Rochester, New York. He was released hours later. 

But on Saturday, DailyMail.com cameras saw Jakubonis, who had shaved his goatee overnight, was taken into custody by FBI, New York State police and deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  

David Jakubonis, 43, an Army veteran, was photographed being taken into custody by FBI, state and county police Saturday on federal assault charges after being immediately released following the attack under the state’s bail reform laws.

A six-car motorcade pulled into Jakubonis’ apartment complex a little before noon on Saturday and left with Jakubonis in custody 15 minutes later. 

He’s set to make his first appearance in court Saturday afternoon in front of US Magistrate Judge Marion W. Payson

A spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York confirmed the details to DailyMail.com. 

On Saturday, DailyMail.com cameras saw Jakubonis taken into custody by FBI, New York State police and deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office

On Saturday, DailyMail.com cameras saw Jakubonis taken into custody by FBI, New York State police and deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Jakubonis was arrested after attacking Zeldin with a $10 cat keyring weapon at the congressman's Thursday campaign rally for state governor, outside of Rochester, New York. He was released hours later.

Jakubonis was arrested after attacking Zeldin with a $10 cat keyring weapon at the congressman’s Thursday campaign rally for state governor, outside of Rochester, New York. He was released hours later. 

On Saturday, DailyMail.com cameras saw Jakubonis, who had shaved his goatee overnight

On Saturday, DailyMail.com cameras saw Jakubonis, who had shaved his goatee overnight 

A six-car motorcade pulled into Jakubonis' apartment complex a little before noon on Saturday

A six-car motorcade pulled into Jakubonis’ apartment complex a little before noon on Saturday

He's set to make his first appearance in court Saturday afternoon in front of US Magistrate Judge Marion W. Payson .

He’s set to make his first appearance in court Saturday afternoon in front of US Magistrate Judge Marion W. Payson . 

Jakubonis claimed he didn't know who the politician was and only approached him to try to take his microphone after he was told the gubernatorial candidate was 'disrespecting veterans.'

Jakubonis claimed he didn’t know who the politician was and only approached him to try to take his microphone after he was told the gubernatorial candidate was ‘disrespecting veterans.’ 

Jakubonis attacked gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during his bail reform speech on Thursday. Jakubonis was arrested and released hours later under the state's lenient bail laws

Jakubonis attacked gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during his bail reform speech on Thursday. Jakubonis was arrested and released hours later under the state’s lenient bail laws

Jakubonis was arraigned at Perinton Town Court and charged with attempted assault in the second degree. He was released on his own recognizance.

Ironically, Zeldin’s speech highlighted the Republican’s opposition of New York’s bail reform laws, eliminating cash bail for nonviolent and misdemeanor charges. 

Zeldin even predicted that Jakubonis would be immediately released, tweeting: ‘The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.’

Jakubonis claimed he didn’t know who the politician was and only approached him to try to take his microphone after he was told the gubernatorial candidate was ‘disrespecting veterans.’ 

Jakubonis was arrested after allegedly attacking Zeldin with a $10 cat keyring weapon at the congressman’s campaign rally for state governor outside of Rochester, New York. He was released hours later without bail – under the same reform laws Zeldin had been blasting in his speech. 

He described his mental state as ‘checked out’ on Thursday while explaining his journey with alcoholism and anxiety, adding that the weapon he had was for self-defense.

‘The ears are plastic, but I guess they’re sharp,’ he told The New York Times. 

The military veteran has been going through a ‘mental break’ after the death of his wife and his discharge from the Army.  

David Jakubonis experienced a mental break after losing his wife, Candyce (left), in 2012, the same year he was medically discharged from the Army. Jakubonis was arrested on Thursday after attacking US Rep Lee Zeldin

David Jakubonis experienced a mental break after losing his wife, Candyce (left), in 2012, the same year he was medically discharged from the Army. Jakubonis was arrested on Thursday after attacking US Rep Lee Zeldin

The pair shared twins together, who are now in the custody of his brother after his wife's  death

The pair shared twins together, who are now in the custody of his brother after his wife’s  death

Jakubonis' former neighbor described him as having 'social issues' while recalling him behaving similar to an adolescent

Jakubonis’ former neighbor described him as having ‘social issues’ while recalling him behaving similar to an adolescent 

‘He’s going through some kind of mental break,’ an unidentified former neighbor told the New York Post. ‘He became more and more detached over the years after his wife died.’

The military veteran began to ‘decline’ after his wife passed away in 2012, the same year he was medically discharged from the Army. The neighbor revealed Jakubonis shared twins with his wife, Candyce, who are in the custody of his brother following his wife’s death.

‘I always had this reservation about him,’ the neighbor said. ‘He always had something not right with him.’

On occasion, the neighbor would hang out with Jakubonis and his wife. He noted the pair were heavy drinkers and speculated Jakubonis still struggles with alcohol.

He described Zeldin’s attacker as being ‘a peculiar guy’ with ‘social issues,’ adding, ‘he would say or do things like an adolescent would do.’

On Wednesday, Jakubonis unexpectedly reached out to his former neighbor, but the neighbor declined to answer.

‘Honestly, bro, there was something that I couldn’t place with him,’ the neighbor told The Post. ‘There was something not right about how he would talk. Not like I thought this guy was going to go nutso, but he didn’t seem connected to reality.’

David Jakubonis attacked gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during his bail reform speech on Thursday. Jakubonis was arrested and released hours later under the state's lenient bail laws

David Jakubonis attacked gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during his bail reform speech on Thursday. Jakubonis was arrested and released hours later under the state’s lenient bail laws

Jakubonis was released hours after the attack without bail. Zeldin predicted he would be quickly released under New York policies that eliminated cashless bail for some offenses

Jakubonis was released hours after the attack without bail. Zeldin predicted he would be quickly released under New York policies that eliminated cashless bail for some offenses

Jakubonis was arrested and charged with attempted assault in the second degree. He was released within hours, just as Zeldin predicted he would.

Zeldin’s prediction was a clear reference to New York’s shoddy bail reform laws, which don’t require cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent felony charges, allowing criminals who haven’t been convicted of a crime to go free.

‘The first thing I will do after I’m sworn into office … is remove a district attorney who refuses to enforce the law,’ Zeldin said on Friday while anticipating his win in the upcoming November election.

Jakubonis was allegedly drunk when he attacked Zeldin on Thursday. Zeldin said if he's elected, he will remove 'a district attorney who refuses to enforce the law'

Jakubonis was allegedly drunk when he attacked Zeldin on Thursday. Zeldin said if he’s elected, he will remove ‘a district attorney who refuses to enforce the law’

The suspect's alleged weapon was handed over to authorities

The suspect’s alleged weapon was handed over to authorities

Zeldin recalled the attack, claiming he saw Jakubonis approaching him on stage and let his guard down because he had a hat that said ‘veteran.’

‘The first thing I saw was that he was wearing a hat that says he was a veteran and the way that I’m wired when I see somebody wearing a hat that is a veteran – my guard couldn’t possibly be more dropped,’ Zeldin said at a Friday press conference.

‘But at the same exact time. I noticed he had a weapon in his hand and it had two holes where he had two fingers through the holes. It had two – a sharp dagger-like edges on it – and he was telling me “you’re done.'”

Jakubonis was thought to be drunk when he launched his attack.

‘When he lifted up his hand and he was lunging for my throat area, the first thought was to grab onto his wrist and just to hold it because there were so many people around that I would expect there to be help – quickly – and that’s what happened,’ Zeldin said.

‘All security for all events for the remainder of the campaign will be ramped up. That’s something that started this morning.’

He later added, ‘We’re going to continue the rallies.’ 

Jakubonis was released hours after the attack without bail. Zeldin predicted he would be quickly released under New York policies that eliminated cashless bail for some offenses

Jakubonis was released hours after the attack without bail. Zeldin predicted he would be quickly released under New York policies that eliminated cashless bail for some offenses



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