According to a statement from Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a staff member was “brutally” stabbed and is currently in critical condition in the hospital.
In a statement Monday night, Paul explained that one of his employees had been assaulted in the nation’s capital during the day.
In the statement, Paul claimed that “this past weekend, a member of my staff was viciously assaulted in Washington, D.C., in broad daylight.”
He continued, “I urge you to join Kelley and me in praying for a quick and full recovery and thanking the police, hospital personnel, and first responders for their diligent work.”
“We are glad to learn that the perpetrator has been taken into custody. To allow everyone to concentrate on healing and recovery, we are asking for seclusion at this time,” Paul continued. Glynn Neal has been named as the culprit, according to Allison Papson of Fox 5. According to Virginians 4 Safe Communities, he recently got out of federal prison and has a lengthy past of committing serious crimes.
In response to the city’s rising crime rate, the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Republican James Comer of Kentucky, has invited D.C. officials to speak on “general oversight” of the nation’s capital, including safety, crime, and city management.