Neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul was arrested for assaulting him in Paul’s home close to Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Friday — a beating that left the Republican with multiple broken ribs and severe internal bruising.
Paul’s communications director, Kelsey Cooper, said in a statement the senator “was blindsided and the victim of an assault.” Police have yet to release a motive for the attack.
Kentucky Police noted that the 59-year-old Rene Boucher, has been charged with fourth-degree assault and is being held on $5,000 bond at the Warren County jail.
State Troopers received the call to the senator’s home in Warren County, Kentucky, around 3:21 p.m. On the scene they confirmed Boucher “had intentionally assaulted Paul, causing a minor injury,” state police said.
It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is extremely uncomfortable as is the difficulty in getting around.
Paul tweeted Sunday, thanking people for their support following the “unfortunate event.”