A staffer for Kentucky senator Rand Paul (R) was stabbed several times in Washington, D.C. over the weekend by a man who was released from jail the day before.
The victim of the vicious attack received "life-threatening" injuries. The suspect, 42-year-old Glenn Neal, was arrested and charged with intent to kill.
Police were called around 5:15 p.m. to the scene of the stabbing Saturday in the 1300 block of H Street, where they found the victim bleeding from the head.
A witness who was with the victim said the attacker jumped out from behind a corner and stabbed the staffer multiple times.
The staffer and the witness tried to apprehend the suspect, but he ran away.
"Upon arrival, members located an adult male stabbing victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries," the Metropolitan Police Department said.
Neil reportedly told police he heard voices in his head. He had just finished a 12-year sentence in federal prison for compelling two women into prostitution, and had a long rap sheet of crimes, according to Virginians 4 Safe Communities.
NEW: Suspect (Glynn NEAL) who stabbed US Senate Staffer on DC’s H Street in unprovoked attack Saturday (3/25) was released from Federal Prison the DAY BEFORE — served 12 years for violent crimes including kidnapping/pimping etc. @charlesallen @MayorBowser @DCPoliceUnion… pic.twitter.com/XeOCBy3SsB
— Virginians 4 Safe Communities (@VA4SafeComm) March 27, 2023
Paul said his staffer was assaulted "in broad daylight" on the streets of the nation's capital.
"This past weekend a member of my staff was brutally attacked in broad daylight in Washington, D.C.," Paul said. "I ask you to join [wife] Kelley and me in praying for a speedy and complete recovery, and thanking the first responders, hospital staff, and police for their diligent actions."
Paul was the target of a vicious assault by a neighbor in 2017 that left the senator with broken ribs. Paul ultimately had to have part of his lung removed.
The attack on Paul's staffer happened just a short walk from where Democratic congresswoman Angie Craig (Mn.) was cornered and assaulted in the lobby elevator of her apartment building last month.
Murders in D.C. have more than doubled over the past decade and have spiked particularly since 2020. Homicides surpassed 200 for two consecutive years in 2021 and 2022.