Kentucky State Police are investigating an alleged assault on Sen. Rand Paul. According to a statement, KSP troopers were called to the Republican U.S. senator’s house in Bowling Green before 3:30 p.m Friday “in reference to a report of an assault.”
When officers arrived, KSP said, their investigation determined that Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green, had allegedly assaulted Paul intentionally causing a minor injury.
A spokesman for Paul said: “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault. The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police.”
Boucher is charged with one count of fourth-degree assault causing minor injury, KSP said, a misdemeanor. He is being held at the Warren County Detention Center, with a court date scheduled for Nov. 9.
According to The Bowling Green Daily News, Boucher lives in the same gated community as Paul.
Politico reported, citing the arrest warrant, that Paul was tackled from behind, and that “Boucher’s altercation with Paul left the senator having difficulty breathing as a result of a ‘possible rib injury’ in addition to bleeding from cuts around his mouth. Paul was seeking medical help for his injuries, the warrant said.”
WBKO, a Bowling Green TV station, broke the news Saturday afternoon.
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