July 31, 2021

Rand Paul Attacked in Home, Suffers 5 Broken Ribs

Police arrested a neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul for allegedly beating him in Paul’s home near Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Friday — an attack that left the influential Republican lawmaker with broken ribs and bruised lungs, The Washington Post reported.

Kentucky State Police said 59-year-old Rene Boucher, a doctor in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has been charged with fourth-degree assault with a minor injury for the attack on Paul. He is being held on $5,000 bond at the Warren County jail, according to The Post.

Kelsey Cooper, Paul’s ­communications director, said in a statement the senator “was blindsided and the victim of an assault.” Police have not released a motive for the attack.

Troopers responded to the senator’s home in Warren County, Kentucky, around 3:21 p.m. Friday after reports of an assault. On the scene they determined Boucher “had intentionally assaulted Paul, causing a minor injury,” state police said. A motive is not clear at this time.

The beating left Paul with five fractured ribs and lung contusions, according to Doug Stafford, the senator’s senior adviser, the Bowling Green Daily News reported. Despite his injuries, Paul plans to return to the Senate soon.

“Senator Paul has five rib fractures including 3 displaced fractures,” Stafford said in a statement to the Daily News. “This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying.”

Paul tweeted Sunday, thanking people for their support following the “unfortunate event.”

Source: USNews