Suspect in Stabbing of Senate Staffer Was Released From 12-year Stretch Just Day Before

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A mere 24 hours after he was released from prison, police say a man approached a Senate staffer and stabbed him in broad daylight in Northeast Washington.

Authorities had sentenced the suspect, 42-year-old Glynn Neal, to 12 years and four months in prison in 2011 for “compelling two North Carolina women to engage in prostitution through the use of threats,” according to a Justice Department report. That report describes how Neal was convicted on charges of pandering, procuring, and compelling a person to live a life of prostitution against her will. 

Neal was released from prison on Friday, WTTG-TV reported, after spending almost 12 years behind bars. 

Shortly after his release, Neal allegedly “brutally” stabbed a man identified by WRC-TV as Phillip Todd, a staffer for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. The stabbing took place near the 1300 block of H Street Northeast, about a seven-minute drive from Union Station and Capitol Hill.

Todd suffered potential brain bleeding and a punctured lung in a stabbing attack Saturday, according to a police affidavit. Todd and the alleged attacker did not know each other, the police affidavit said. Todd’s statement to police, as detailed in the affidavit, indicated the stabbing was random in nature, with Todd saying the suspect did not say anything to him or demand anything before the alleged attack. Police described it as a “random, violent attack.”

The Metropolitan Police Department said in a release that the stabbing victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of “life-threatening injuries” after police were dispatched to the 1300 block of H Street Northeast for the report of a stabbing around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday night. 

Neal has been charged with assault with intent to kill with a knife. A motive for the attack is not known.

“This past weekend, a member of my staff was brutally attacked in broad daylight in Washington, D.C.,” Paul said in a statement. “I ask you to join [my wife] Kelley and me in praying for a speedy and complete recovery, and thanking the first responders, hospital staff, and police for their diligent actions.”

“We are relieved to hear the suspect has been arrested,” he added. “At this time, we would ask for privacy so everyone can focus on healing and recovery.”

The D.C. mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mayor Muriel Bowser has increasingly received criticism from those concerned about rising crime in the nation’s capital. 

As of March 28, 2023, there have been 51 recorded homicides, 41 instances of sex abuse, 305 assaults with a dangerous weapon, 584 robberies, 226 burglaries, and 1,616 motor vehicle thefts in the city.

Compared with last year, homicides have risen 19%, sex abuse has increased 105%, and motor vehicle theft has risen 108%.

By Mary Margaret Olohan, a senior reporter for The Daily Signal. She previously reported for The Daily Caller and The Daily Wire, where she covered national politics as well as social and cultural issues. Reproduced with permission. Original here.