According to witnesses, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, 54, was assaulted at his Bowling Green home while he was mowing his lawn on Friday afternoon. The attacker was reportedly an irate neighbor with whom Paul has been involved in a dispute.
The senator’s assailant has been identified as Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green. He was arrested by Kentucky State Police for intentionally assaulting Paul. Officials confirmed that the attack resulted in minor injures to Paul.
Boucher was charged with one count of 4th degree assault – minor injury and was taken to the Warren County Detention Center. He is being held on $5,000 bail.
A neighbor told a local news station that the former presidential candidate was out mowing his lawn around three o’clock on Friday afternoon when Boucher assaulted him.
The same neighbor also confirmed that the two share a corner of land adjacent to their homes and have been engaged in an ongoing feud.
If convicted, Boucher could face up to a year in jail for committing Class A misdemeanor.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports that Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken said Boucher could face extra charges.
A spokesperson from Senator Paul’s office said, “Senator Rand Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” she continued, “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”
Records show that Rene Boucher is registered as a democrat.