Additional information has been released regarding the assault against Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R). He was assaulted on Friday evening and early reports said he’d sustained minor injuries in an attack at his home in Bowling Green, Ky.
According to new reports, Paul has five broken ribs, including three displaced fractures, after the assault by neighbor Rene Boucher (59).
According to an arrest warrant reported by the Bowling Green Daily News, the senator was mowing his own lawn when Boucher entered Paul’s property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground. Paul reported having trouble breathing after the assault, the warrant said.
Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for the senator, confirmed the injury on Sunday evening. She said, “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault. The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”
Voter records from March 2017 show that Boucher, an anesthesiologist and a pain specialist, registered as a Democrat at that time. Boucher also invented the “Therm-A-Vest” – a rice-filled cloth vest that can be heated and worn to relieve back pain, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.
Police arrested Boucher on Saturday and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. He was released from jail Saturday on a $7,500 bond and has a court date scheduled for Thursday.
Police have not said what motivated the attack, but FBI spokesman David Habich said the agency will determine whether it was politically motivated and if there was a violation of federal law.
Neighbors, like Jim Skaggs, a member of the state Republican Party executive committee, expressed shock at the attack. Both Paul and Boucher were known within the gated community in which they both lived.
Skaggs said he’s known both men for years, and although they disagreed politically, he had not known there was strife between the men.
“They were as far left and right as you can be,” Skaggs said. “We had heard of no friction whatsoever other than they just were difference of political opinion. Both of them walked their little dogs at about a mile and a half circle, a nice little dog trot. I’d see them out walking, maybe they might stop and speak with each other.”
Paul’s senior adviser Doug Stafford said the date of Paul’s return to work is yet unclear. He reported that Paul is in “considerable pain” and has difficulty getting around, including flying. According to Stafford, Paul’s injury could result in severe pain that can last for weeks to months.
“Displaced rib fractures can lead to life-threatening injuries such as: hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. Senator Paul does have lung contusions currently,” Stafford explained.
On Twitter, Paul said he and his wife, Kelley “appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 6, 2017
Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 5, 2017
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