On Saturday, police arrested the man who allegedly tried to stab Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican nominee for governor, on Thursday in Monroe County.
After his arrest, David Jakubonis, 43, was charged with assaulting a member of Congress with a dangerous weapon.
According to reports, the federal charge against Jakubonis carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
It was learned that Jakubonis was previously charged with second-degree attempted assault.
The police said that after his arrest, Akubonis told investigators that he’d drunk whiskey the day of the incident.
The suspect, an Army veteran, also claimed he hadn’t known who the speaker was and asked him if he was “disrespecting veterans.”