Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was reportedly violently assaulted in an attack that was likely intended to target his politician wife.
Reports indicate that the alleged attacker, David DePape, had demanded to know the whereabouts of Speaker Pelosi after he gained entry to the couple’s residence in San Francisco early Friday morning, the Conservative Brief reported.
The House Speaker, however, was not at home at the time of the attack on her husband, as she and her security detail were instead in Washington D.C.
“Where is Nancy?”
Fox News reported that, according to law enforcement sources, DePape had gained access to the Pelosi home via a rear entrance and, once inside, repeatedly demanded to know “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?”
Paul Pelosi was able to call 911, and when police arrived at the residence, they found Pelosi and DePape struggling for control of a hammer, a struggle the intruder eventually won, after which he “violently assaulted” the homeowner right in front of the police, who then immediately tackled, disarmed, and arrested DePape.
Both men were taken to a nearby hospital and DePape has since been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, elder abuse, and other felony charges, according to the police.
Hammer, zip ties, and duct tape
CNN reported that, according to its own law enforcement sources, DePape had brought with him the hammer that was used to presumably smash the glass on a rear door in order to gain entry as well as the assault on Pelosi.
Sources have now revealed that the suspect also had a bag with him that contained zip ties and duct tape, among other items.
It is unclear what those other items may have been, but local Fox affiliate KTVU had reported that DePape was found to be in possession of a list of other politicians that he apparently intended to target in addition to Speaker Pelosi.
The suspect was described as “mentally ill” by a former partner
It also remains unknown as of yet what, if anything, motivated DePape to launch his attack, though a joint investigation involving local and federal agencies is ongoing, and KTVU and other outlets have reported that the suspect had previously authored a “manifesto” full of anti-government rantings and conspiracy theories.
Local ABC affiliate KGO reported that DePape’s former partner and mother of his children, Oxane “Gypsy” Taub, said that DePape “is mentally ill. He has been mentally ill for a long time.” She added that DePape had not previously been overly interested in politics but had been aligned with her “progressive” views, and offered up an apology for his actions to Nancy Pelosi, whom she claimed to “absolutely admire.”
It certainly does appear, based on what is known thus far, that DePape possibly intended to kidnap the House Speaker, or worse, and it will be interesting to see what additional details emerge in the coming days, particularly with regard to his motives and plans.