WASHINGTON — The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband wore ties with him when he broke into the couple’s San Francisco home, according to a person briefed on the investigation. in what is the latest parallel to the Capitol Riot of January 6. , 2021.
The person was not authorized to discuss the Pelosi case publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Sunday.
The attack on the Democratic leader’s 82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi, less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 election that will determine control of Congress was a shocking reminder of the country’s toxic political climate.
Police say the suspect, identified as David DePape, 42, confronted Paul Pelosi at the family’s Pacific Heights home early Friday and, according to the AP, demanded to know, “Where’s Nancy?”
The pair fought over a hammer before officers responding to a 911 call to the home saw DePape punch Paul Pelosi at least once, police said. DePape was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, elder abuse and burglary. He is expected to be arraigned early next week.
Eerie echoes of the Jan. 6 riot were apparent in Paul Pelosi’s assault.
Rioters who swarmed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory over Donald Trump roamed the halls and shouted loud calls asking “Where’s Nancy?” Some in the seat were seen inside the Capitol wearing zip ties.
The violent attack on the family of a congressional leader comes as threats against lawmakers and other politicians reach unprecedented heights today.
Nancy Pelosi was in Washington when her husband was attacked. She soon returned to San Francisco, where her husband was hospitalized. He underwent surgery for a fractured skull and suffered other injuries to his arms and hands, his office said.
“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the potentially fatal attack on our Pop,” she said in a letter to her colleagues on Saturday evening. “We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical treatment he is receiving.”
Paul Pelosi remains hospitalized and “continues to improve,” she told colleagues.
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