Rand Paul Staffer Stabbed Multiple Times, Suspect Released From Prison One Day Before Attack

A staff member of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was stabbed with a knife in broad daylight over the weekend in Washington, D.C.

  • A staffer for Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) was stabbed multiple times and seriously injured in the middle of the day over the weekend.
  • “This past weekend a member of my staff was brutally attacked in broad daylight in Washington, D.C.,” Sen. 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.”
  • According to police reports, the suspect “popped out of the corner” and stabbed the staffer multiple times as he was walking.
  • The victim “was able to grab arms” and the witness with him tackled the suspect, “leading to a struggle between the parties,” the report states.
  • The suspect, who police identified as 42-year-old D.C. resident Glynn Neal, was released from prison a day prior to the attack.
  • Neal reportedly told police he “heard voices” in his head telling him to carry out the brutal stabbing.
  • “Federal Bureau of Prisons records show Neal was released from prison on Friday – the day before the stabbing,” a local news outlet reported. “He spent nearly 12 Years behind bars for compelling two North Carolina women to engage in prostitution through the use of threats.”

“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,” Paul said.

  • In 2017, Paul was seriously injured after his neighbor assaulted him, breaking his ribs and damaging a lung, which was later removed in 2019.
  • “Part of my lung damaged by the 2017 assault had to be removed by surgery this weekend,” Paul tweeted in 2019. 
  • He described the attack as “an assault from behind that resulted in 6 broken ribs, a damaged lung that had to be removed, and chronic pain.”
  • In April 2022, officials in Washington, D.C. announced there would be an increase in police presence on trains and buses in the district as crime rates were on the rise. 
  • “While crime is a community and regional concern, customers should feel safe on Metro, and that means using every tool at our disposal including investing in the community partnering with local resources for essential services,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefield said at the time.