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The man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with a hammer at their San Francisco home on Friday faces state and federal charges, officials said Monday.
Contained in court records, an FBI affidavit that has been unsealed provided new details about what happened.
Here’s what happened, according to law enforcement:
- Federal court filings show police arrived at the home shortly after Paul Pelosi called 911.
- When the door opened, Pelosi and suspect David DePape were both “holding a hammer with one hand and DePape was holding Pelosi’s forearm with the other hand,” according to the FBI affidavit.
- When officers asked Pelosi and DePape to drop the gavel, DePape allegedly pulled it away and hit Pelosi on the head. A source familiar with the matter later told CNN that Pelosi was hit twice. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott previously said Pelosi was hit “at least once.”
- According to the affidavit, Pelosi appeared to be unconscious on the ground after the punch.
- Pelosi was taken to the hospital and underwent “successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” according to an earlier statement from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
What else you should know:
David DePape has been charged with assault and attempted kidnapping, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said. The attempted kidnapping charge has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and the assault charge has a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins also announced additional state charges, including attempted murder.
The suspect was able to get into the home by breaking open a rear glass door, Jenkins said, adding that DePape allegedly went upstairs to where Pelosi was sleeping. She said he woke him up and confronted him about the speaker’s whereabouts. Pelosi, according to Jenkins, tried to get to the elevator inside the house, where there was a phone, but the suspect blocked him. “Sometime after that, Mr. Pelosi asked to go to the restroom where he could call 911 from his cellphone,” she said, adding that the suspect took Pelosi down the stairs near the front door.
Pelosi’s distress call
A court filing related to the federal charges said Paul Pelosi “provided words saying there is a man in the home and that the man will be waiting for Pelosi’s wife.” Pelosi further shared that he does not know who the man is. The man said his name was David,” an FBI agent said in a affidavit. CNN previously reported that Pelosi managed to keep the line open and the dispatcher could hear a conversation in the background.
Looking for Nancy Pelosi
DePape admitted in an interview with local police that he intended to find Nancy Pelosi and hold her hostage, the criminal complaint states. It added that DePape “declared that he would hold Nancy hostage and speak to her. If Nancy DePape told the ‘truth’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied’ he would ‘break her kneecaps.’ the “leader”. of the heap” of lies promoted by the Democratic Party.
Interviews with Pelosi and the suspect
Paul Pelosi was being questioned by investigators at the hospital this weekend and was able to provide details of the attack, two law enforcement sources and a source familiar with the matter told CNN. DePape was read his Miranda rights before speaking to police and, according to the filing, confessed his intentions to kidnap the senior House Democrat.
Police have not officially determined the suspect’s motive. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said in a news conference on Friday that the attack was “premeditated” and “not an accidental act.” The unsealed affidavit said, “DePape had zip ties, duct tape, ropes, and at least one hammer with him that morning.”
What’s next: The suspect is expected to be charged Tuesday, according to San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins.
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