David DePape, the man arrested for violently assaulting Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in their San Francisco home on Friday is alleged to have actually intended to kidnap and harm Speaker Pelosi.
However, evidence and law enforcement sources suggest that Speaker Pelosi was likely not the sole target of DePape, as he is alleged to have been in possession of a list bearing the names of other political figures, the Conservative Brief reported.
Attacker had a list of other politicians
Multiple media outlets have reported on the existence of the list, but at least as of yet, the other names contained on DePape’s list have not yet been publicly revealed.
CBS News reported Monday that it had confirmed, according to law enforcement sources, that DePape “may have been planning to attack more people” in addition to Speaker Pelosi, given the alleged list of names in his possession.
The outlet noted that authorities have not gone as far as to label the collection of other names as a “hit list,” but nonetheless have suggested that DePape likely intended to target other politicians.
Speaker Pelosi was in Washington D.C. at the time that DePape allegedly broke into the Pelosi home in San Francisco in search of the politician, who he apparently intended to kidnap, with the attack on Paul Pelosi being the result of a struggle over a hammer DePape had brought with him once local police had arrived on the scene.
Facing up to 50 years in federal prison
According to a Justice Department news release on Monday, DePape has been charged at the federal level with two felonies, assault and attempted kidnapping, which could land him behind bars in federal prison for up to 50 years if convicted on both counts.
The first count, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, is “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,” while the second count, with a maximum sentence of 20 years, is for the “attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties.”
The DOJ release noted that when DePape was taken into custody immediately after his assault on Pelosi, he was found to be in possession of a bag that contained “a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and zip ties.”
SF DA wants DePape held without bail, hits him with numerous felony charges
The Fresno Bee reported that DePape admitted to the police that he had intended to kidnap and interrogate Speaker Pelosi, and had planned to break her “kneecaps” if she didn’t answer his questions truthfully, though it was not made clear what, exactly, he intended to ask her about.
In addition to the federal charges, the Bee noted that DePape is also facing a slew of felony charges at the local level, as the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has charged him with “attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elderly abuse, burglary, and threatening the family member of a public official,” which collectively could net him 13 years to life behind bars in state prison if convicted on all counts.
Rather ironically, given the SF DA Office’s recent aversion to the practice of using cash bail to keep arrestees in custody, the office is reportedly asking the court to hold DePape without any amount of bail whatsoever pending trial.