A spokesman for the Pelosi family and local law enforcement have confirmed that Paul Pelosi, who is the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked inside his San Francisco home on Friday morning.
The perpetrator, identified as David Depape, 42, reportedly broke into the house and shouted “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” according to NBC News.
Pelosi was able to dial 911 during the attack and police arrived at the residence to do a welfare check. Police on the scene said they saw both Paul Pelosi and his attacker with a hand on a hammer. Police said that the attacker struck Paul Pelosi once with the hammer before they were able to disarm him, San Francisco police Chief Bill Scott said during a press conference on Friday.
“This was not a random attack. This was intentional. And it’s wrong,” Scott said. “Our elected officials are here to do the business of their cities, their counties, and their states, and this nation. Their families don’t sign up for this — to be harmed. And it’s wrong.”
According to Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman, Paul Pelosi was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he is currently recovering after surgery to his head.
“Mr. Pelosi was admitted to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” Drew Hammill, who is the spokesman for Speaker Pelosi, said in a statement. “His doctors expect a full recovery.”
Both the secret service and police officers have been deployed to provide protection to Paul Pelosi.
Depape is currently facing charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several other felonies. He was also taken to hospital and remains under police supervision.
DePape’s step-family have said he was born in Canada but moved to the United States about 20 years ago.
Police describe him as a drifter living in Berkeley, which is where his last known address was. DePape’s neighbors said they didn’t know much about him but that he had never caused them any problems.
“He’s never approached me or my partner at all, but I’ve just seen him helping out around the house with yard work,” said a neighbor.
One acquaintance of DePape named Linda Schneider said that she met him about eight years ago. She said was living in a storage unit in Berkeley and going through a difficult time with drug addiction.
Schneider said further down the line she started getting “really disturbing” emails from him, saying he was “using biblical justification to do harm.”
Another acquaintance, Laura Hayes, told CNN that she worked with DePape about 10 years ago and helped him make the hemp bracelets that he sold as part of his business.
“He was very odd – he didn’t make eye contact very well,” Hayes said, going onto say that he said “he talks to angels and there will be a hard time coming.”
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