A Senate staffer was randomly stabbed while walking down the sidewalk in broad daylight in Washington D.C.’s H Street neighborhood over the weekend.
The suspect in the attack, 42-year-old Glenn Neal, has a violent criminal history and was released from prison on Friday after serving a 12-year sentence.
The victim, who works in the office of Senator Rand Paul, was walking with a friend when Neal jumped out from behind a wall, knocked him to the ground, and stabbed him multiple times, including in the head.
The friend pushed Neal off the victim, and they both ran away.
Neal did not try to rob the victim or demand anything, but allegedly told investigators that there was a voice in his head telling him someone was going to get him for what he had done, and he was going to get that person first.
The suspect is now in custody.
The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries requiring surgery, and people who live and work in the area are on edge.
Senator Rand Paul’s office issued a statement asking for prayers for the victim’s speedy and complete recovery and thanking the first responders, hospital staff, and police for their diligent actions.