The man accused of assaulting Rand Paul might face more serious charges

US Senator Rand Paul's ribs broken in assault at home

US Senator Rand Paul's ribs broken in assault at home

The Bowling Green Daily News reported that an arrest warrant said Paul told police his neighbor came on his property and tackled him from behind Friday, forcing him to the ground.

Police charged Rene Boucher, 59, with fourth-degree assault after Boucher allegedly tackled the senator from behind, breaking several of Paul's ribs.

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"Senator Paul and Dr. Boucher have been next door neighbors for 17 years", Matthew J. Baker, Boucher's attorney, said in a statement.

Boucher's attorney told CBS News in a statement that the "unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either's politics or political agendas. It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial". Paul suffered five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures.

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State police said that the troopers arrived at Boucher's residence and said that he, "had intentionally assaulted Paul, causing a minor injury".

On Sunday, Paul's chief of staff told the Washington Post Paul sustained five broken ribs, as well as bruised lungs, and that he is in pain.

Senior Adviser Doug Stafford said it is unclear when the Republican will return to work since he is in considerable pain and has difficulty getting around, including flying.

Boucher was released from the Warren County Detention Center on Saturday after posting a $7,500 bond, according to Kentucky State Police and the Associated Press. Rand Paul in their neighborhood in Bowling Green, Ky. They are also prominent members of the local medical community and worked together when they were both practicing physicians.

He once marketed the product on the QVC shopping channel. Online records state that Boucher's party affiliation is Democrat.

"Senator Paul and Kelley appreciate everyone's thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon", Stafford said in his statement Sunday. The motive for the alleged assault is unknown, but assaulting a member of Congress is a federal crime and could likely result in severe charges including felony assault or assault of a member.

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