House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband, 82-year-old Paul Pelosi, was reportedly attacked with a hammer by a home intruder at the couple’s San Francisco residence early Friday morning.
The suspect, identified as 42-year-old David DePape, is alleged to have entered the rear of the home by breaking through glass doors in search of Speaker Pelosi, the New York Post reported.
Pictures from the scene of the crime appear to confirm that a glass rear door to the home was shattered, with broken glass visible both inside and outside of the entrance.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 29, 2022
What happened, and where was security?
According to the police, DePape is alleged to have forced his way into the home at some point after 2 am local time and demanded to know the whereabouts of Speaker Pelosi — she was in Washington D.C. at the time — and then threatened to tie up her husband Paul as they awaited her return.
Paul Pelosi managed to have surreptitiously called 911 and when police arrived at the scene, the officers reportedly found Pelosi and DePape struggling over a hammer, which DePape then wrestled full control of and used to beat the elderly man before the officers could tackle and disarm him.
Both men were taken to a nearby hospital following the incident, and DePape now stands charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, elder abuse, burglary, and, according to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, “several other additional felonies.”
Given Speaker Pelosi’s prominent position, she is provided with an around-the-clock protective detail by the U.S. Capitol Police, but that protection isn’t extended to her spouse or residence, Pelosi’s high-level security team was with her in Washington D.C. at the time of the home invasion and subsequent attack, according to a USCP press release.
Agents from the USCP California Field Office quickly arrived at the crime scene to aid local police, and a team of investigators from the department’s Threat Assessment Section based in D.C. was immediately sent to assist in a joint investigation of the incident alongside the FBI and SFPD.
Motive unclear thus far
Thus far, according to the Post, it is unclear what, if any, motive DePape may have had for his break-in of the Pelosi home and assault on Pelosi’s husband.
That said, local Fox affiliate KTVU reported that investigators have already discovered a so-called “manifesto” purportedly written by the suspect full of anti-government rantings and “conspiracy theories,” and he is also alleged to have been in possession of a list of other politicians that he had intended to target, though the names on that list have not bee revealed.
DePape, who originally hailed from Canada, is said to have lived in California for around 20 years, most recently in the Berkeley area, and was previously known locally as a left-leaning nudist activist and “hemp jewelry maker” — though some media outlets are now seeking to portray him as a far-right-leaning conspiracist.