Suspect who attacked congressman’s staffers with baseball bat filed bizarre lawsuit agains CIA

Xuan Kha Tran Pham, 49, was arrested after entering the district office of Rep Gerry Connolly

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Tuesday 16 May 2023 23:16 BST
Virginia congressman’s staff members recovering after baseball bat attack

A Virginia man accused of attacking two members of a congressman’s staff with a metal baseball bat had previously filed a bizarre lawsuit against the CIA.

Xuan Kha Tran Pham, 49, was arrested after entering the district office of Representative Gerry Connolly, a Republican from Virginia, and allegedly beating the staff members.

Both staffers were taken to hospital following the incident but later discharged.

The suspect, who is from Fairfax where the attack took place, is a constituent and now faces charges of one count of aggravated malicious wounding and one count of malicious wounding,

US Capitol Police have not yet released any motive for the attack, which also saw the suspect allegedly break glass and damage computers at the office.

Fairfax City Police say that the suspect was arrested within five minutes of the alarm being raised and he is now being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Mr Pham sued the CIA for $29m last year claiming the intelligence agency “has been guilty of wrongfully imprisoning me in a lower perspective based on physics called the book world since 1975,” reported NBC News.

“Following that they are guilty of brutally torturing me with a degenerating disability consistently since 1988 till the present from the fourth dimension.”

And the lawsuit added: “I am entitled to be cured and returned to normal condition by a digital technology and compensated for my extreme suffering and losses in the amount of $29,000,000.”

The CIA moved to have the lawsuit dismissed last month and the motion is pending.

Mr Pham’s father, Hy Xuan Pham, told CNN his son is schizophrenic and has not taken his medication for three months.

“He is in a really bad condition,” the father told the network. “All day and all night, he mumbles … he talks and looks like he talks with someone in his brain, and suddenly, he is shouting angrily.”

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