Republican Senator Rand Paul was assaulted in his home on Friday afternoon. Around 3:30 p.m., police responded to a report of an assault at Paul's Warren County, Ky., residence.
The police determined that the man who assaulted Paul, Rene Boucher, had “intentionally assaulted the junior senator,” reported USA Today. Paul received minor injury from the assault.
Police say they've arrested the man. Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green, is charged with one count of fourth-degree assault and is being held in the Warren County Detention Center, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.
USA Today reached out to Sen. Paul’s office. A spokeswoman for Paul said in an email that the senator was "blindsided."
"Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault," said the release. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine."
A court website shows that Boucher was booked Friday night just before 9 p.m. He's being held on $5,000 bond and there is no court date set.
It’s unclear what Boucher’s motives were. However, it’s possible that this was a politically motivated attack.
More details will be added to this story as they are released. Please keep Senator Paul in your prayers.
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