Man Arrested for Threatening to Chop Up Rand Paul’s Family with Ax

‘It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this,’ senator said

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced at an event that a man threatened to chop up his family with an ax. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man was arrested for allegedly threatening to chop up Sen. Rand Paul’s family with an ax.

The man was arrested after calling the Kentucky Republican’s Bowling Green office, the Courier-Journal reported. He has not been publicly identified.

“Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an ax,” Paul told an audience Monday at an event in Leitchfield, Kentucky.

“It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this,” he said.

Capitol Police did not comment to the Courier-Journal. 

The attack comes a year after Paul was at baseball practice with other Republican members of Congress when James Hodgkinson, a disgruntled left-wing activist, opened fire on them, seriously injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Paul is also in the middle of a legal dispute over an attack by his neighbor. Rene Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting Paul in November that left the senator with six broken ribs.

Paul’s lawyer filed a civil lawsuit last week seeking compensation from Boucher for “physical pain and mental suffering” and calling for an injunction barring him from contacting the senator or his family. 

Boucher has claimed the attack occurred because he was angry with Paul for leaving tree branches near their property line.

“It’s been a year where we’re becoming more and more aware of these threats,” Paul said. 

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