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

Rene Boucher
Boucher's home

The man accused of attacking Sen.

Paul is now recovering from five rib fractures, in addition to three displaced fractures.

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".

A 17-year next-door neighbor to Sen. Rand Paul, who is recovering Sunday from five broken ribs after he was tackled from behind by neighbor, Rene Boucher at the senator's Kentucky home.

Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green, was arrested Friday and charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. Police are calling it assault - and many people are trying to figure out why Paul's neighbor, a fellow medical doctor, might allegedly have attacked him with enough force to fracture five ribs.

State police spokesman Jeremiah Hodges said the FBI was on scene to investigate whether the assault was politically motivated but was unable to elaborate on the status of that investigation.

"We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible", Baker said in a statement.

A news release from Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green said troopers were called to the Paul residence at 3:21 p.m. Friday.

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After the incident on Friday, Paul told police that Boucher had come onto his property and tackled the senator from behind, "forcing him to the ground and causing him pain", according to the criminal complaint.

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

The release did not provide details of the assault or the nature of Paul's injury.

At one point, Boucher was a practicing physician, even working alongside Paul, according to his lawyer.

Boucher admitted to the crime and was released on Sunday on a $5,000 bond.

Voter records from March 2017 show Boucher registered as a Democrat.

Boucher applied for a patent for the vest in 2003 and has marketed it through the QVC shopping channel.

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