The suspect in the attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), allegedly broke into the couple’s home in San Francisco and beat Paul with a hammer, days later. He was charged with attempted kidnapping. seriously injured.
Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment on Monday afternoondays after the suspect — David Wayne DePape, 42 — was arrested and taken into custody.
DePappe broke into Pelosi’s home in the middle of the night and beat 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer, officials said. According to a source briefed on the investigation, DePape confronted Paul Pelosi and asked, “Where’s Nancy?”
After an altercation, both men were taken to hospital, Paul Pelosi received “Successful surgery was performed to repair a fractured skull and severe injuries to the right arm and hand,” a spokesman for the chair said. He is expected to make a full recovery.
An affidavit released Monday by the Justice Department shed further light on the extent to which DePap allegedly targeted the Speaker of the House, who was in Washington at the time.
In interviews with San Francisco Police Department officers after the incident, the suspect said he wanted to take the chairman hostage and talk to him, officials said. The affidavit says the suspect called the Speaker of the House a false “herd leader” promoted by Democrats.
According to the affidavit, he told authorities that if Pelosi told her “the truth” he would let her go, but if she “lyed” he would break his “kneecap.”
“DEPAPE later explained that by breaking Nancy’s kneecap, she would have to drive her to Congress, which would show other members of Congress to influence their actions. Let’s go,” continued DOJ.
At 2:30 am on Friday, shortly after Paul Pelosi called 911, San Francisco Police Department officers arrived at Pelosi’s home. Residential, according to officials. He called from the restroom.
When authorities arrived on the scene, they knocked on the door and Paul Pelosi answered. Depapu also placed his hand on Pelosi’s forearm.
When asked what was going on, Depapu told officers, according to the affidavit, “everything was fine.”
However, when authorities asked the men to drop the hammer, DePappe “pulled it out of Pelosi’s hand and brandished it, hitting Pelosi in the head,” according to the affidavit. Officials said Pelosi appeared unconscious on the ground.
Police entered the house and detained Depapu. Authorities said they found a roll of tape, a white rope, a second hammer, rubber and cloth gloves, and a journal in Depap’s bag. They also retrieved a zip tie from Pelosi’s bedroom.
The first charge is assault on the next of kin of a U.S. public official with intent to retaliate against the U.S. public official for the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The second is the attempted kidnapping of a U.S. public official for the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for her.
in a letter to a colleague On Saturday night, Speaker Pelosi said her family was “heartbroken” by the attack. She returned to San Francisco on Friday to be with her husband.
“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our parents’ house, demanded to stand up to me, and brutally attacked my husband, Paul,” Pelosi said. “Our children, grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on Pop. I am grateful for the medical care that saved me.”
The attack that shook Washington highlight political violence It has become more and more popular over the years. It was the latest in a string of incidents involving a series of threats targeting lawmakers and politicians on both sides of the aisle.
According to an affidavit, DePape told authorities that he entered the Pelosi residence through a glass door, “a difficult task that required the use of a hammer.” The body camera footage “was of a glass door that appeared to be laminated glass and was broken near the door handle,” according to court documents.
Not only did DePape threaten to take the chairman hostage, but he told Paul Pelosi that he wanted to tie him up “so he could sleep because he was tired of having to carry his backpack to the Pelosi residence.”
“About this time, according to DEPAPE, DEPAPE began taking twist ties out of his pockets so that he could restrain Pelosi,” the affidavit reads.
The affidavit also reveals what was going through DePap’s mind while at Pelosi’s home. After calling -1-, he didn’t leave because, like America’s founding fathers, he was fighting tyranny without the option of surrender.”
According to the affidavit, he repeatedly told authorities that he “had no intention of surrendering, that he was going to ‘go through’ Pelosi,” and that Paul Pelosi’s “action resulted in Pelosi being punished instead.” He said.
The San Francisco District Attorney will also announce charges against DePape.
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