Rand Paul recovering from 5 broken ribs after assault at his home

Rand Paul recovering from 5 broken ribs after assault at his home

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A senior adviser for Rand Paul said Sunday the U.S. senator is recovering from five broken ribs following an assault at his home.

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. Stafford said Sunday that the broken ribs include three displaced fractures, which can lead to life-threatening injuries. The severe pain can last for weeks or months.

A spokeswoman for Paul said the senator was “blindsided” by the assault.

Paul posted on his Twitter account Sunday that he and his wife were grateful for the support “after Friday’s unfortunate incident.”

Police arrested 59-year-old Rene Boucher on Saturday and charged him with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault with a minor injury. Boucher is accused of attacking Paul on Friday, but officials have not released a motive.

Boucher lives next door to Paul and his wife, according to Warren County property records.

Boucher was released from jail on Saturday on a $7,500 bond with a court date scheduled for Thursday. He has not returned a call seeking comment.

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