Kentucky Man Charged in Attack on US Senator Paul

Nov 06, 2017, 01:09
Kentucky Man Charged in Attack on US Senator Paul

An ophthalmologist, he represents Kentucky in the US Senate and is the son of former Congressman Ron Paul, who ran for president several times.

Senator Rand Paul, R-Kty., suffered minor injuries following an incident at his home in Bowling Green on Friday.

"Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault", his spokesman said.

According to an arrest citation, Senator Paul told police that his neighbor came onto his property and tackled him from behind.

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State troopers responded to a call to Paul's residence at 3:21 p.m. and arrested a man named Rene Albert Boucher, who they allege "intentionally assaulted" the senator. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

Police have not provided details of the assault, citing security reasons, only saying that Boucher was an acquaintance of Paul.

Paul posted on his Twitter account Sunday that he and his wife were grateful for the support "after Friday's unfortunate incident".

"He's pretty much the opposite of Rand Paul in every way", Bullington said in an interview. "Thank you for your thoughts and prayers".

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Records show Boucher's home is also in Bowling Green.

By late Saturday, the page had been overrun by other Facebook users criticizing Boucher for his alleged assault on Paul.

The threats turned to violence this summer when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, was shot and almost killed by a gunman who showed up at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

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