Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said that a man was arrested for threatening to kill him and his family with an ax.
“Thank you to the US Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me,” Paul, a Republican who ran for president, wrote on Twitter.
Thank you to the US Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 2, 2018
Paul said that at an event in Leitchfield an unnamed man called his Bowling Green office and “threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an ax.”
“It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this,” Paul said, reported the Louisville Courier-Journal.
A police investigation into the matter is currently ongoing, the Courier-Journal reported.
In November, his 59-year-old neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him for allegedly stacking yard debris into a pile near his Bowling Green property. Paul suffered six broken ribs and a lung injury, according to reports at the time.
In the assault, Boucher, a registered Democrat, was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a year of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and stay away from Paul’s family.
U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani said that the attack was an “isolated incident,” and it wasn’t politically motivated. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, federal prosecutors are appealing the 30-day sentence, saying that he deserves to spend more time behind bars.
Bradley Shepard, the special prosecutor appointed to the case, advised for a 21-month sentence. The assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.
Last year, James Hodgkinson opened fire and shot several congressional staffers along with Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisianna Republican, during a baseball game. Paul was there when it happened, but he was not harmed.
“It’s been a year where we’re becoming more and more aware of these threats,” Paul said.
And last week, a 33-year-old California man, Markara Man, was charged with threatening to kill FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s children, Fox News reported. Man was allegedly angry over the FCC’s move to do away with the recent net neutrality rules.
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