A 59-year-old man was arrested in Kentucky after attacking Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday at the lawmaker’s home in a bizarre incident that has police investigating to determine the assailant’s motives.
“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper said in a statement according to The Hill. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”
Authorities identified 59-year-old Rene Boucher of Bowling Green as the attacker. He allegedly traveled to Paul’s home, also in Bowling Green, and engaged in a physical altercation with the former Republican presidential candidate.
The Warren County Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Boucher’s arrest on Friday after he fled the scene. Upon his arrest, Boucher was charged with 4th degree assault for causing a minor injury to Paul.
According to a criminal complaint, Paul “told police that his neighbor came onto his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain,” NBC News reported. He reportedly suffered multiple injuries to his face, including small cuts to the nose and mouth.
Paul also “had trouble breathing due to a potential rib injury,” with a physician examining him to determine the extent of the possible rib injury.
Another neighbor claimed that Paul and Boucher had a history of arguments and said that Paul was mowing the lawn at the time of the assault. That account has not been corroborated by state police.
On Twitter, Paul offered a thank-you to supporters who have reached out in concern for his health.
“Kelley and I appreciate the overwhelming support after Friday’s unfortunate event,” he wrote. “Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”