An aide to US Senator Rand Paul was stabbed to death Saturday after leaving a Washington restaurant by a man who had been released from federal prison 24 hours earlier, records show.
Suspect Glynn Neal, 42, of Southeast DC, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill, a felony. According to court documents, he is being held without bond. In 2011, Mr. Neal was convicted of, among other things, pandering and threatening to kidnap, and was released from federal prison on Friday.
An attorney listed in court records for Mr. Neal could not be reached immediately.
The associate, a man who was not identified in either the prosecution documents or by Mr. Paul’s office, told officers he did not know the assailant.
“This past weekend, a member of my staff was brutally assaulted in broad daylight in Washington, DC,” Mr. Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement. “We are relieved to hear that the suspect has been arrested. At this time, we ask for privacy so everyone can focus on healing and recovery.”
The victim was walking with a friend on the 1300 block of H Street NE after exiting a Mexican restaurant when Mr. Neal jumped out from behind a wall and began stabbing the employee, according to indictment documents.
Mr Neal did not say or demand anything from the victim, authorities said.
Metropolitan Police officers found a knife a block away from the scene of the attack, near drops of blood and bloodied clothing. They said the victim suffered serious injuries that required surgery, including a laceration to the left ear, a stab wound to the skull that would likely have caused a cerebral hemorrhage, and a wound to the torso and a punctured lung.
Authorities said the stabbing was caught on video and that Mr Neal had left a cellphone which helped identify him as a suspect.