Recently, Vice President Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked in their San Francisco home by a man named David DePape. Pelosi’s residence was broken into on Friday by Depape after he smashed the back patio entrance’s glass with a hammer. After gaining entry to the house, instead of finding Nancy Pelosi (who was his intended target, according to his own admission), he found her elderly Husband, Paul Pelosi, in their bedroom. DePape entered the bedroom while Paul Pelosi was conducting a 9-1-1 call to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). After the call ended, SFPD officers responded to the Pelosi residence and entered several minutes later finding Pelosi and Depape struggling over a hammer on the ground. When officers ordered Depape to drop the hammer, he gained control of the hammer and struck Mr. Pelosi in the head with it. DePape was quickly restrained by SFPD officers, and Pelosi was knocked unconscious. SFPD officers also recovered, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) report, “a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and zip ties” from the crime scene. Officers also observed a broken glass door near the back porch of the Pelosi residence while searching the house. (Source; United States Department of Justice)
SFPD Chief Bill Scott answering questions about the attack on the Pelosi residence (CBS News)
DePape was charged with “one count of assault of an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties’ ‘, which holds a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. He was also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties, which holds a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. In total, the maximum sentence for Depape’s crimes, if proven guilty, could be up to 50 years in Prison. In a statement on Nancy Pelosi’s official Speaker of the House of Representatives website, a spokesperson for Pelosi, Drew Hammill, stated on the assault; “Early this morning, an assailant broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi. The assailant is in custody and the motivation for the attack is under investigation. Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery. The Speaker was not in San Francisco at the time.” Hammill also added “The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time.” (Source; Speaker.gov). Paul Pelosi was released from hospital care on Thursday, and in a press release by the Speaker, they thanked the Medical staff of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH) for their “excellent, compassionate and life-saving treatment” of his injuries. The Speaker’s family once again requested privacy. (Speaker.gov November 3rd Press Release).
Sources for this article
San Francisco Police Department Police Report
Speaker of the House Statement