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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 taken into custody by FBI, New York State police and deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. 

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

David Jakubonis, 43, an Army veteran, 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

David Jakubonis, 43, an Army veteran, 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

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. 

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

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 

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

Cameras surrounded Jakubonis' Fairport, New York apartment

Cameras surrounded Jakubonis’ Fairport, New York apartment 

Federal, county and state authorities on the scene

Federal, county and state authorities on the scene

Jakubonis is taken away on federal assault charges by an FBI official

Jakubonis is taken away on federal assault charges by an FBI official

Jakubonis was seen for the first time since he'd been released from jail on Friday

Jakubonis was seen for the first time since he’d been released from jail on Friday

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

Officers left with Jakubonis in custody about 15 minutes later

Officers left with Jakubonis in custody about 15 minutes later

Jakubonis arrested shortly after he was first photographed following his jail release

Jakubonis arrested shortly after he was first photographed following his jail release

Wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and a porkpie hat, he was apparently headed to see a local mechanic to pick up his regular car.  

The man could be seen with visible bruises on his arm as he walked toward a white vehicle. 

The man who drunkenly attacked the Republican candidate for governor in New York was seen Friday after he was immediately released under the state's bail reform laws

The man who drunkenly attacked the Republican candidate for governor in New York was seen Friday after he was immediately released under the state’s bail reform laws

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

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

Jakubonis was seen outside his home in Fairport, about 10 miles away from where the attack took place, on Friday night

Jakubonis was seen outside his home in Fairport, about 10 miles away from where the attack took place, on Friday night

Wearing a black t-shirt, jeans and a porkpie hat, he was apparently headed to see a local mechanic to pick up his regular car

Wearing a black t-shirt, jeans and a porkpie hat, he was apparently headed to see a local mechanic to pick up his regular car

The bruises Jakubonis suffered from the incident were visible on his arms

The bruises Jakubonis suffered from the incident were visible on his arms

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, Zedlin’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 and made his point clear on Twitter: ‘After being charged with a felony for last night’s attack, the man who tried to stab me was instantly released back onto the street due to New York’s insane cashless bail law. We MUST repeal cashless bail in New York!’

The congressman indeed tweeted on Friday: ‘The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.’

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

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

Jakubonis seen with sunglasses on as he walks down the street

Jakubonis seen with sunglasses on as he walks down the street

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

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 military veteran has been going through a 'mental break' after the death of his wife and his discharge from the Army

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

The military veteran began to 'decline' after his wife passed away in 2012, the same year he was medically discharged from the Army, according to a neighbor

The military veteran began to ‘decline’ after his wife passed away in 2012, the same year he was medically discharged from the Army, according to a neighbor

The neighbor revealed Jakubonis shared twins with his wife, Candyce, who are in the custody of his brother following his wife's death

The neighbor revealed Jakubonis shared twins with his wife, Candyce, who are in the custody of his brother following his wife’s death

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

The suspect's alleged weapon was handed over to authorities

The suspect’s alleged weapon was handed over to authorities

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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.  

‘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.

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.'

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.’

Jakubonis was thought to be drunk when he launched his attack

 Jakubonis was thought to be drunk when he launched his attack

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’

In New York, assault in the second degree carries a potential prison sentence of up to seven years

In New York, assault in the second degree carries a potential prison sentence of up to seven years

Jakubonis walking around Fairport, New York, about 10 miles from where the attack took place

Jakubonis walking around Fairport, New York, about 10 miles from where the attack took place

Jakubonis gets in his car to drive off to a mechanic's building

Jakubonis gets in his car to drive off to a mechanic’s building

Jakubonis' residence in Fairport, New York

Jakubonis’ residence in Fairport, New York

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.’

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