The man who allegedly attacked Sen. Rand Paul is out on $7,500 bail and — to this point — faces solely a misdemeanor cost, as questions encompbad the attacker’s motive in addition to the extent of the senator’s accidents.
According to the jailer at Warren County Regional Jail, 59-year-old Rene Boucher was launched on $7,500 bail Saturday.
“He faces Assault within the fourth diploma, minor damage,” Jailer Stephen Harmon informed Fox News on Monday, pointing additional inquiries to the Kentucky State Police. “Other charges may be pending.”
But Paul, R-Ky., seems to be going through greater than a “minor injury,” in accordance with updates from his workplace. On Sunday, Paul was recovering from 5 damaged ribs, together with three displaced fractures, after he was badaulted by the attacker who tackled him from behind at his residence. Boucher is reportedly Paul’s neighbor.
The Kentucky State Police informed Fox News they’re nonetheless operating an energetic and open investigation and simply realized of Paul’s situation.
State Police informed Fox News on Monday that in Kentucky, there’s a statute that considers an badault a felony provided that there may be critical bodily damage.
Though the State Police was unable to offer Fox News a timeline for when their investigation shall be full, a spokesman mentioned “it is up to Commonwealth prosecutors” whether or not Boucher’s fees may change from misdemeanor to felony, relying on the severity of Paul’s accidents.
This picture offered by the Warren County Regional Jail exhibits Rene Boucher, who has been arrested and charged with badaulting and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Kentucky State Police mentioned in a information launch Saturday, Nov. four, 2017 that Paul suffered a minor damage when 59-year-old Rene Boucher badaulted him at his Warren County residence on Friday afternoon.
(Warren County Regional Jail through AP)
“Prosecutors will review our case in its entirety and they’ll make a determination if it will be bumped up to felony,” Jeremy Hodges, grasp trooper and public affairs officer for Kentucky State Police Post three at Bowling Green, informed Fox News on Monday. “The senator’s injuries are part of the investigation.”
When requested a few potential motive for Boucher, Hodges informed Fox News that it was one thing they may not launch, as “it is an active investigation” and that they’re “bound by security measures in place for the senator.”
Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, informed Fox News that it’s unclear when Paul will return to work as a result of he’s in “considerable pain” and has issue getting round, together with flying. Stafford mentioned such a damage is marked by extreme ache that may final for weeks and even months.
“This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force,” Stafford mentioned in an announcement to Fox News.
“Displaced rib fractures can lead to life-threatening injuries such as: hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. Senator Paul does have lung contusions currently,” Stafford mentioned.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported that an arrest warrant mentioned Paul informed police his neighbor got here onto his property and tackled him from behind Friday, forcing him to the bottom, all whereas the senator was mowing his garden. He had bother respiratory due to the rib damage, the warrant mentioned.
Hodges wouldn’t affirm that Boucher is Paul’s neighbor.
Sunday’s disclosures concerning the senator’s situation got here a day after Paul’s workplace mentioned the senator was high-quality and characterised his accidents as minor.
Paul and his spouse, Kelley, “appreciate everyone’s thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon,” Stafford mentioned.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.