Member of Sen. Rand Paul’s staff wounded in knife attack in DC

WASHINGTON — A member of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s staff was treated for life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, authorities said.

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In a statement, the junior senator from Kentucky confirmed that the victim was a member of his staff.

According to a news release from the Metropolitan Police Department, officers were called to an area in northeast Washington at about 5:17 p.m. EDT. The victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening stab wounds, the release stated.

Police later arrested Glynn Neal, 42, of Washington, and charged him with assault with intent to kill (knife), according to the news release.

According to the records from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Neal was released from prison on Friday, WTTG-TV reported.

Neal spent nearly 12 years in prison for compelling two North Carolina women to engage in prostitution through the use of threats, according to the television station.

D.C. Superior Court records show Neal was sentenced to 12 years in prison in March 2011 stemming from a June 2010 arrest on pandering and first-degree sex abuse charges, WRC-TV reported.

The stabbing victim has not been named.

“This past weekend a member of my staff was brutally attacked in broad daylight in Washington, D.C.,” Paul said in a statement on Monday. “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. At this time we would ask for privacy so everyone can focus on healing and recovery.”

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