Neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul arrested after allegedly attacking politician

Rene Albert Bousher 59 was arrested and charged with 4th degree assault against Rand Paul

US Senator Rand Paul has been assaulted at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, police and his office say, APA reports quoting BBC.

The citation said Paul may have suffered a rib injury and is in the process of being seen by a physician. Kentucky State Police say Paul had minor injuries.

The attacker, 59-year-old Rene Boucher, was arrested and as being held in Warren County jail on a $5,000 bond. No details were released by police on what precipitated the attack.

The motivation for the attack is not clear at this time.

Fox News reported that Boucher is a doctor and a registered Democrat, and frequently posted on his social media pages on divisive political issues.

He is the inventor of the Therm-a-Vest, a cloth vest partially filled with rice and secured with Velcro straps that is designed help with back pain, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.


A jail website shows that Boucher was booked Friday night just before 9 p.m.

The senator's injury did not require treatment at a hospital.

Hodges said Boucher would have faced more serious charges if had he used a weapon or if Paul had been injured seriously.

"Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault", Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, said in a statement.

Boucher is an anesthesiologist who has recently been recovering from injuries sustained in a bike accident, according to sources close to Paul.

The investigation is ongoing.

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