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Neighbor Arrested After Rand Paul Is Assaulted At His Kentucky Home

Mary Papenfuss

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A neighbor was arrested after Republican Sen. Rand Paul was attacked at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Friday afternoon, according to a police report. Paul suffered minor injuries to his face and a rib.

Rene Albert Boucher, 59, has been charged with fourth-degree assault with a minor injury, a misdemeanor, according to arrest records. He was being held Saturday afternoon at the Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond. No details were released by police on what precipitated the attack.

The FBI is “involved making sure it wasn’t politically motivated,” a police spokesman told WBKO-TV

“We are working with our state and local partners to determine if there was a violation of federal law,” FBI spokesman David Habich told USA Today. 

Fox News reported that Boucher allegedly attacked the senator and one-time presidential candidate as Paul, 54, was mowing his lawn.

A neighbor told WAVE3-TV that the two men had an ongoing feud. Boucher is a registered Democrat.

Rene Albert Boucher allegedly attacked Sen. Rand Paul as the lawmaker was mowing the lawn at his home in Kentucky.

According to the arrest warrant obtained by WKBO and the Bowling Green Daily News, Paul told police that his neighbor walked onto his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground. Police were called to the home shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The senator’s injury did not require treatment at a hospital. The arrest warrant said that Boucher admitted to tackling Paul.

“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” his spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said in a statement. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”

The Bowling Green Daily News reported that Boucher is a local anesthesiologist and pain specialist who developed a cloth vest product designed to relieve back pain.

State Police Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges told The Associated Press that he couldn’t reveal any other details of the assault because of security issues

The investigation is ongoing. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.