He was filming Zeldin’s speech in Perinton, 纽约 when a man walked onto the stage and allegedly attempted to attack the gubernatorial candidate.
“这实际上有点疯狂,” 克里彭告诉福克斯新闻数字. “I was just watching and this guy it looked like he was a veteran, he kinda just started walking up on stage and he started talking to Mr. Lee Zeldin and saying ‘oh you’re done, buddy’ and all this and then he ended up pulling out it was like a little brass knuckle keychain.”
Crippen said the keychain looked like a cat with two ears that were sharpened like blades.
“They’re like self-defense keychains,” 他说. “So he pulled one of those out and he actually like poked at Mr. Zeldin’s chest, his stomach and whatnot and then he actually grabbed him and they kinda went down.”
Zeldin was speaking at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post event, giving a speech about bail reform when the attack happened.
AMVETS national Director Joe Chenelly came up behind the attacker and “已解决” 他, Crippen said, adding that lieutenant governor nominee Alison Esposito “punched the guy in the face like 20 times.”
After the man was taken down, Chenelly said the crowd started screaming because people were shouting the attacker had a gun.
Video he took shows people trying to get away over concerns he might start firing into the audience.
Crippen said he could see the man didn’t have a gun “but then everybody started running so I just kinda kept standing there and filming cause we didn’t know if the guy was gonna get loose or something and in case we had to go, 你懂, and try and subdue him again.”
In the melee, he said it got “kinda bloody and there was a couple of dudes that got punched in the face.”
Crippen went to his truck where he said he always keeps emergency medical supplies and handed out Band-Aids and alcohol wipes for minor injuries “因为, 我的意思是, they had to hold this guy down and there was blood everywhere and stuff like that.”
He said the man – who Crippen said he had seen in the area before and seemed to be local – didn’t make his motivation clear but seemed to be “disgruntled” 并且是 “obviously intoxicated.”
“There was a lot of drinking going on there,” 他加了.
“In all the time I’ve been around I’ve seen some crazy stuff but, 我的意思是, nobody trying to get a political candidate like that,” Crippen said. “The guy literally walked up on him with a spiked brass knuckle keychain.”
Crippen added that “there was a lot of good people there so people were in good hands and thankfully nobody really go seriously injured.”
Zeldin put out a statement after the attempted attack.
“Thank you to everyone who reached out following tonight’s attack in Fairport,” Zeldin said. “Someone tried to stab me on stage during this evening’s rally, but fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him. I’m ok, and Alison Esposito, and all other attendees are safe. The attacker is in custody. Grateful for the attendees who stepped up quickly to assist and the law enforcement officers who quickly responded. I’m as resolute as ever to do my part to make New York safe again. This suspect will likely be right back out on the street immediately.”