The man charged with breaking into Nancy and Paul Pelosi’s home in San Francisco, California, and attacking Paul Pelosi, 82, with a hammer was allegedly there in search of the House Speaker, according to reports.
David Wayne Depape, 42 years old, from Berkeley, is alleged to have screamed at Paul Pelosi “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?”After bursting into their house early Friday morning, a source informed them about the incident. CBS News reports that an attack was reported by.
CBS reported that Depape then allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer. He also planned to tie him up, so Nancy Pelosi can return home.
Nancy Pelosi, however, was at home in Washington, D.C. at the time.
Officers from the San Francisco Police Department arrived at the scene at 2:27 AM to arrest Depape.
Depape was also seen allegedly attacking Paul Pelosi by the responding officers, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott stated to reporters.
“Our officers saw Mr. Pelosi holding a hammer and the suspect,” Scott said. The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” Scott said. “Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup and rendered medical aid.”
Paul Pelosi was rushed to a nearby hospital.
“Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery,”A spokesperson said.
Authorities said Depape will face charges of attempted homicide and assault with a fatal weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and many other felonies. Video shows glass doors shattered in the back and an object, possibly the hammer lying on the carpet.
Nancy Pelosi has a U.S. Capitol Police security team with her. They were not present at Nancy’s San Francisco home, as she was not there. The FBI and San Francisco Police Department have joined forces to investigate the attack.
President Biden vented his outrage “a horrible attack,”Addition he was “praying for Paul Pelosi and Speaker Pelosi’s whole family.”
As midterm elections near and political tensions rise, the attack comes at a time when they are most vulnerable.
Republican Lee Zeldin was attacked by a sharp-edged man during a speech he gave to support his candidacy for governor of New York. In July, an alleged plot against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was foiled by the FBI.
House Speaker Pelosi was the main target of the rioters that attacked the Capitol on January 6. Her home has also been targeted previously. In protest of last year, graffiti was placed on the garage door.
CBS was informed by a source that U.S. Capitol Police has been considering additional protection for the families of congressional leaders in the wake of the attack against Paul Pelosi. They have been married since 1963. The couple has five children and nine grandchildren.