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Police identify suspect in attack outside U.S. Senate debate

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

More drama took place with the debate between U.S. Senate candidates Rand Paul and Jack Conway Monday night.

Only this time, it happened outside where the debate took place.

Democratic candidate Conway arrived first at the KET studios on Cooper Drive in Lexington, but there were fireworks just moments after GOP candidate Paul arrived.

A woman, appearing to pose as a Paul supporter and wearing a platinum wig, was wrestled to the curb by Paul supporters.

One of them even stomped on her shoulders once she was wrestled to the ground.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lexington Police identified the suspect as Tim Profitt.

Police say Profitt is being served with a criminal summons, ordering him to appear before a Fayette County District Court judge.

The woman, Lauren Valle, told police she was with the non-profit liberal group MoveOn.org.

She says she wanted to give Paul what appeared to be a satirical award and have her picture taken with the candidate.

"We are excited to give Rand the employee of the month award because he has been so good at diversity and unemployment solutions," Valle said.

Valle told 27 NEWSFIRST she drove to Lexington from Washington, DC. She says she is not affiliated with either campaign.

Early Tuesday, Paul released a statement about the incident.

"Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another as tensions rise heading toward this very important election. We are relieved to hear that the woman in question was not injured," Paul said.

Conway's campaign hasn't yet responded to the incident.

Lexington Police say they have an open assault investigation and if caught, the people caught on tape wrestling Valle and subsequently stomping on her, could face 4th degree assault charges.

Valle has filed a criminal complaint.

27 NEWSFIRST has also learned Valle has a history with activist groups, including Greenpeace. In May, Valle and six others were arrested on felony charges for defacing a drilling boat after the Gulf oil spill.

In August of 2008, a Lauren Valle was also one of five members of "Students for a Free Tibet" detained in Beijing, China for unfurling a Free Tibet sign in Olympic Park.


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