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Sen. Rand Paul assaulted at Kentucky home, suspect Rene Boucher in custody

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, was assaulted at his home in Bowling Green, Ky., his office confirmed Saturday.

The incident happened Friday afternoon, Mr. Paul’s office said in a statement, and a suspect has been taken into custody, according to local law enforcement.

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

“Senator Paul is fine,” the spokeswoman said.

Kentucky State Police received a call at 3:21 p.m. Friday concerning an incident at the Paul residence, authorities said in a news release.

Rene Boucher, 59, was arrested shortly afterwards and charged with 4th degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail, the release said.

Mr. Boucher was being held in the Warren County Regional Jail in lieu of a $ 5,000 bond as of Saturday afternoon, according to online jail records cited by Bowling Green Daily News. Property records listed an addressed for Mr. Boucher located close to Mr. Paul’s residence, the Daily News reported.

An investigation is ongoing, police said.

Mr. Paul, 54, has served as Kentucky’s junior senator since 2011 and unsuccessfully sought the Republican Party’s nomination for president during last year’s presidential election. He is the son of Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman and fellow former White House hopeful.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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