Disturbing news from the Bluegrass State. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) was attacked inside his own home Friday. State Police arrested a man at the scene of the crime and have charged him with one count of fourth degree assault. The senator suffered minor injuries. No word yet on the motivation for the assault.
Dr. Rene Bousher, 59, committed the assault. “The Warren County Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Boucher’s arrest shortly after the assault on Friday” The Hill reports. Bousher is from Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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Though there are few details available, Paul’s staff has acknowledged that the senator was surprised by the attack. “Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for the senator, wrote in a statement. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”
There are some confusing elements to the story. The accused is being reported as Rene Albert Bousher. Some coverage lists him as a doctor. Other reports name the accused as Dr. Rene Boucher, an anesthesiologist from Bowling Green. Boucher, though is a woman, and not the man pictured above.
Another odd element that will surely be illuminated is the location of the attack. Senator Rand was assaulted in his home, reports indicate. There are no charges of trespassing or breaking and entering, suggesting that the assault happened after or during a planned meeting between the two.
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