According to authorities, an employee of the U.S. Senate was still in the hospital on Tuesday after being attacked outside a restaurant in Washington this past weekend by a man who had just been sprung out of federal prison the day before.
Following the attack on Saturday, the suspect, Glynn Neal, 42, was taken into custody and charged with assault with the intent to kill.
The Associated Press was informed on Friday that the federal Bureau of Prisons had freed Neal from a federal prison in Maryland.
The attack, according to investigators, was random. Investigators learned that the victim, Philip Todd, a staffer for Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, had never seen Neal before and that Neal had not made any demands or statements before stabbing him.
He claimed that Neal attacked him while he and a friend were walking around a corner.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Neal was released after accumulating so-called “good time credit.”
After spotting a dropped cell phone at the scene, an officer helped the police locate Neal. According to court records obtained by AP, Neal told police that just before the attack, he heard a voice “warning him that someone was going to get him.”
According to court records, Todd had a perforated lung and possible cerebral bleeding.
An email seeking comment from Neal’s defense lawyer did not receive a prompt response.