According to police, a violent attack occurred on Saturday in Washington, D.C., resulting in Phil Todd, an aide to Sen. Rand Paul, being stabbed and requiring life-threatening surgery.
Todd, 26, was walking down H Street in northeast D.C. when the attack occurred, as reported by the local NBC affiliate WRC.
After the attack, Glynn Neal, 42, was apprehended by police and later charged with assault with intent to kill.
“This past weekend a member of my staff was brutally attacked in broad daylight in Washington, D.C.,” Paul (R-Ky.) told the Washington Post. “We are relieved to hear the suspect has been arrested.”
According to reports from CBS News, Phil Todd, an aide to Sen. Rand Paul, was stabbed in a sudden attack as he was leaving a restaurant with a friend around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday in northeast D.C.
The suspect, Glynn Neal, allegedly stabbed Todd in the head, causing a skull fracture, and then stabbed him in the stomach, puncturing a lung.
Police arrested Neal several hours after the attack and charged him with assault with intent to kill.
Todd told police that he did not know Neal and was not asked for money or anything else, leading authorities to classify the attack as a “random and violent” assault.
Todd underwent two surgeries immediately following the attack.
Neal told police that “a voice was telling him that someone was going to get him for all the things he [has] done. So [Neal] was waiting right there to get the someone,” the Washington Post reported.
Neal was recently released from prison after serving a 12-year sentence for first-degree sex abuse, according to WRC. His first court date is scheduled for April 6.