House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was seen leaving her San Francisco home days after her husband was seriously injured in a burglary.
DePape, 42, is accused of violently attacking the house speaker’s husband with a hammer on October 28 just after 2 a.m., sending Paul Pelosi to a local hospital where he had to undergo surgery for repair a skull fracture in addition to other injuries. Paul Pelosi was knocked unconscious for three minutes due to DePape’s alleged attack and woke up in a “pool” of his own blood, according to court documents.
Nancy Pelosi was seen Sunday afternoon getting into a car with her Capitol Police security detail.
DePape faces multiple state and federal charges, including attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and elder abuse, among others. DePape pleaded not guilty to the state-level charges during an impeachment hearing Monday in a San Francisco courtroom.
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DePape asked to speak to Nancy Pelosi when he allegedly broke into the house, stating “where’s Nancy?”, officials said. Court documents say DePape intended to “take Speaker Nancy Pelosi hostage,” adding that if she lied to him, he would “break her kneecaps.”
After DePape allegedly broke into the house, the detention motion says he woke up Nancy Pelosi’s husband saying, “Are you Paul Pelosi?” with a hammer and zip ties in hand.
“She’s not here,” replied Paul Pelosi. DePape then asked when Nancy Pelosi would be returning, to which Paul Pelosi replied, “She’s in Washington, she won’t be back for a few days.”
“OK, well, I’m going to tie you up,” DePape told Paul Pelosi, according to the documents, which also say the suspect “threatened to tie up Mr. Pelosi about 10 times.”
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Paul Pelosi used his charging phone in the bathroom to call 911 in the presence of the alleged attacker, which required him to be careful of words when addressing the dispatcher.
“Uh, he thinks it’s okay. Uh, I have a problem, but he thinks it’s okay,” Paul Pelosi told the 911 dispatcher, who then asked the speaker’s husband to call back “s ‘he changed his mind’.
“No, no, no, this gentleman just, uh, walked into the house, uh, and he wants to wait for my wife to come home,” Paul Pelosi replied.
Paul Pelosi said he did not know DePape when calling 911 and gave the dispatcher identifying information.
“He’s telling me I’m very lazy, so I have to stop talking to you,” Paul Pelosi told the 911 dispatcher, who then offered to stay on the line until help arrived.
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“No, he wants me to pick up the phone,” and the call ended. The 911 operator issued a priority wellness check, according to court documents.
Court documents say there were Ring security cameras “everywhere”. San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins was asked twice at a Tuesday press conference if there was an alarm system at the Pelosi residence, but did not answer the question.
“There was no security present,” Jenkins said.
The detention motion filed by San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins says DePape had plans beyond those of Pelosi and planned to target a “local professor, several prominent state and federal politicians, and close to these state and federal politicians”.
DePape reportedly told police he was “fed up with the insane level of lies coming out of Washington, D.C. I came here to have a little chat with [Paul Pelosi’s] spouse.”
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“I didn’t really mean to hurt him, but you know it was a suicide mission. I’m not going to sit here idly even if it costs me my life,” DePape reportedly told police after being arrested . “Hurting him was not my goal. I told him before attacking him that he was making it worse, and I will go through him if I have to.”
Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Oct. 31 that “Paul is making steady progress on what will be a long process of recovery” and called the attack “horrible.”