Rand Paul attacker charged with assaulting a member of congress

01/19/2018 05:41 PM

INDIANAPOLIS- Rene A. Boucher, the man who attacked Rand Paul while mowing his lawn has been charged with assaulting a member of congress resulting in a personal injury, a felony under federal law.

Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, charged Boucher Friday.

“Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” said Minkler. “Those who choose to commit such an act will be held accountable.”

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was allegedly attacked by his neighbor Boucher at his home in Bowling Green on November 3,2017. The court documents say Paul was mowing his lawn wearing headphones when he stacked brush onto a pile. Boucher “had enough” and ran onto Paul’s property and tackled him.

Paul suffered multiple fractured ribs and subsequently contracted, and required medical attention for, pneumonia.

Boucher admits to the assault but denies it was politically motivated.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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