Bowling Green police were called to Paul’s residence at 3:21 P.M. yesterday.
Paul suffered only minor injuries.
Kelsey Cooper, Rand Paul’s Kentucky communications director, said “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” but that “Senator Paul is fine.”
The Suspect Dr. Albert Rene Boucher, 59, was arrested for fourth-degree assault of the Senator, a class A misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail.
Boucher is currently detained at Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond, according to online jail records.
It’s currently unclear what the reason was for the alleged assault or even the presence of Rene Boucher in Rand Paul’s home.
**UPDATE Nov, 6 2017 via CNN Statement from Boucher’s attorney and some details on the attack:
(CNN) The attorney representing the man who was charged with assaulting Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that attacking the Kentucky Republican had “absolutely nothing” to do with politics.
“The unfortunate occurrence of November 3 has absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas,” a statement by attorney Matthew Baker said. “It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”Baker is representing Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, who was charged with attacking Paul. In the statement, Baker also noted the two worked together when they “were both practicing physicians.”Paul sustained five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures and bruised lungs after a neighbor allegedly assaulted him while at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a senior adviser told CNN on Sunday.
**UPDATE Rand Paul posts about the incident on Twitter.
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
**UPDATE via Fox News:
An irate neighbor allegedly assaulted U.S. Sen. Rand Paul on Friday as the senator was mowing the lawn outside his Bowling Green, Ky., home, according to neighbors.
Kentucky State Police identified the alleged assailant as Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green, charging him with intentionally assaulting Paul, causing minor injury, local law-enforcement officials told Fox News.
They said Boucher was arrested and charged with one count of fourth degree assault – minor injury. He was taken to the nearby Warren County Detention Center, where he was being held on $5,000 bail.
A second neighbor told local news station WNKY-TV that Paul was mowing his lawn around 3 p.m. when Boucher assaulted him. The neighbor said Paul’s and Boucher’s homes share a corner adjacent to their homes and they have been embroiled in an ongoing feud.
**UPDATE this afternoon (Nov. 4th, 2017 ) from ABC 13 WBKO:
Warren County Regional Jail has the spelling listed as Rene Albert Bousher.
KSP says Boucher was an acquaintance.
“FBI is involved making sure it wasn’t politically motivated,” says Trooper Hodges, Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky State Police.
No further information is available for release at this time.
The Libertarian Republic will update this story as more details become available.