A member of Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) staff was stabbed Saturday after exiting a restaurant in Washington, D.C. The assailant, who had no relation to the staffer, had been released from federal prison just 24 hours prior. The suspect, 42-year-old Glynn Neal, has been charged with assault with intent to kill. He was previously in jail for pandering and threatening to kidnap, among other charges. Neal jumped out from behind a building and started stabbing the staffer, according to police documents. The victim sustained serious, life-threatening injuries that required immediate surgery. Surgeons tended to a laceration to the left ear, a puncture wound to the skull likely to have caused a brain bleed, a torso wound, and a punctured lung. Rand Paul’s released statement reads, “I ask you to join Kelley and me in praying for a speedy and complete recovery and thanking the first responders, hospital staff, and police for their diligent actions. We are relieved to hear the suspect has been arrested.”
NEW YORK TIMES: Aide to Senator Rand Paul Stabbed After Leaving Washington Restaurant
By McKenna Oxenden; March 28, 2023
A member of United States Senator Rand Paul’s staff was stabbed Saturday, after leaving a Washington restaurant, by a man who had been released from federal prison 24 hours earlier, records show.
The suspect, Glynn Neal, 42, of Southeast D.C., was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill, a felony. He is being held without bond, according to court records. In 2011, Mr. Neal was convicted of pandering and making threats to kidnap among other charges, and he had been released from federal prison on Friday.
An attorney listed in court records for Mr. Neal could not be immediately reached.
The staff member, a man who was not identified in charging documents or by Mr. Paul’s office, told officers that he did not know the assailant.
“This past weekend a member of my staff was brutally attacked in broad daylight in Washington, D.C.,” Mr. Paul, Republican of Kentucky, said in a statement. “We are relieved to hear the suspect has been arrested. At this time we would ask for privacy so everyone can focus on healing and recovery.”
The victim was walking with a friend in the 1300 block of H Street NE, after leaving a Mexican restaurant, when Mr. Neal jumped out from behind a wall and started stabbing the staff member, according to charging documents.
Mr. Neal did not say or demand anything of the victim, the authorities said.
The Metropolitan Police officers found a knife down the block from the site of the attack, near droplets of blood and bloodied clothes. They said the victim sustained serious injuries that required surgery, including a laceration to the left ear, a puncture wound to the skull that was likely to have caused a brain bleed and a wound to the torso as well as a punctured lung.
The authorities said that the stabbing was caught on video and that Mr. Neal left a cellphone behind that helped identify him as the suspect.
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