Rand Paul's doctor neighbor accused of breaking senator's ribs

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. —  A doctor and neighbor of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has been accused of assaulting the politician and breaking five of his ribs.

Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for the senator, confirmed the injury on Sunday evening.

Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green was arrested Friday evening charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. He was released from the Warren County Detention Center Saturday after posting $7,500 bond, according to Kentucky State Police and the Associated Press.

An arrest warrant detailing the injuries was not immediately available Sunday, though Kentucky State Police said the injuries were minor. Boucher did not return a phone call from AP seeking comment. It is unclear if he has an attorney. 

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

Boucher lives on Rivergreen Lane, inside a gated community in Bowling Green, according to the Warren County property valuation administrator’s website. The Washington Post reported that Paul lived in the same neighborhood. 

The 59-year-old is also a practicing anesthesiologist and an inventor who created a device called the "Therm-a-Vest" to alleviate back pain, according to a 2005 article in the Bowling Green Daily News. He sold and appeared alongside his invention on QVC, the home shopping channel.

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

A spokeswoman for Paul's office said in an email Saturday that the senator was "blindsided."

"Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault," it stated. "The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine."

KSP 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.

David Habich, a spokesman for the FBI, said the agency was aware of the incident concerning Senator Paul. 

"We are working with our state and local partners to determine if there was a violation of federal law," Habich said. 

Contributing: Darcy Costello. Follow Thomas Novelly on Twitter: @TomNovelly