David DePape: Paul Pelosi suspect charged with attempting to kidnap House speaker


Paul Pelosi “continues to be steadfast on what will be a long road to recovery,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Monday, following the announcement of federal and state charges against the man. who is accused of attacking him.

“Since Paul’s horrific attack early Friday, we have been inundated with thousands of messages expressing concern, prayers and well-wishes,” the statement said. “Our family thanks everyone for their kindness.”

David DePape, 42, has been charged with a series of crimes, including assault, attempted murder and attempted kidnapping, after last week’s explosion at the couple’s San Francisco home, the US attorney’s office and San Francisco’s district attorney announced Monday.

He was charged with one count of “attempted kidnapping of a United States official,” according to the office of the United States attorney for the Northern District of California. That charge is related to Nancy Pelosi, whom DePape told police he planned to “catch,” according to an FBI affidavit also unsealed Monday.

Attempted kidnapping carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.

DePape was also charged with one count of assault on a family member of a US official in retaliation against that official. The charge is related to a crime allegedly committed against Paul Pelosi and he is sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The federal charges against DePape are in addition to federal charges, which the San Francisco district attorney said later Monday include “attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, the false imprisonment of an elder, as well as threats to a public official and their families.”

Based on the current federal charges, DePape faces up to 13 years in prison, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said. He said DePape is expected in court for his arraignment Tuesday.

Jenkins said in his press conference that Pelosi’s attack was “politically motivated”.

“Yes, it appears that this was based on his statements and comments that were made in the House when he met with Mr. Pelosi, that this was politically motivated,” Jenkins said.

CNN reported earlier Monday that Paul Pelosi was interviewed this week at the hospital by investigators and was able to provide details of the attack, according to two law enforcement sources and a source familiar with the matter.

Among those conducting the investigation were FBI and local law enforcement investigators.

The court’s decision related to the state’s charges against DePape reveals a very detailed account of the 911 call of Paul Pelosi while the incident was happening.

“Pelosi made comments to the effect that there is a man in the family and that the man will represent Pelosi’s wife. Pelosi also stated that she did not know who the man was. The man said his name was David ,” an FBI agent said in an affidavit that was unsealed Monday.

Paul Pelosi called 911 at 2:23 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, and police arrived at his home eight minutes later, according to an affidavit unsealed Monday.

A heart-shaped picture and a lighted candle in the window of the home of Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco, Friday, Oct.  28, 2022. Paul Pelosi, was attacked and severely beaten by a hammer-wielding attacker who broke into their San Francisco home early Friday, according to people familiar with the investigation.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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“When the door was opened, Pelosi and DePape both had a hammer in one hand and DePape had the other hand on Pelosi’s forehead,” the affidavit said. “Pelosi greeted the officers. The officers asked them what was going on. DePape replied that everything was fine. The officials then asked Pelosi and DePape to drop the hammer. ”

At that moment, DePape allegedly pulled out a hammer and swung it, hitting Paul Pelosi in the head. Pelosi “appeared unconscious on the floor” after the beating, the affidavit said.

Paul Pelosi was later taken to a hospital and underwent “successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right hand and arm,” according to a previous announcement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. They said they expect Paul Pelosi to make a full recovery.

A source familiar with the matter gave CNN more information about the attack on Paul Pelosi and the extent of his injuries after the federal criminal complaint.

The source said DePape punched Pelosi twice in the head. Pelosi needed surgery for a fractured skull and suffered serious injuries to her arms and right hand, which led to her shirt being cut off at the hospital to treat the hand, the source said.

Paul Pelosi was sleeping in boxer shorts and a pajama top in the third bedroom of his San Francisco home, the source said, when authorities alleged that DePape cheated.

CNN previously reported that Pelosi managed to keep the 911 phone open, the operator could hear the conversation in the background, and that Pelosi was speaking in code to help authorities understand what was happening.

“DePape intended to arrest and injure Speaker Pelosi when he entered Pelosi’s residence on the morning of October 28, 2022,” the FBI agent said in an affidavit. “DePape had zip ties, tape, rope, and at least one hammer that morning.”

DePape has not had any other charges related to the attack.

According to the criminal complaint filed in court, DePape confessed in an interview with local police that he intended to find the speaker of the House and arrest him.

“DePape said he was going to arrest Nancy and talk to her,” the FBI affidavit filed in the complaint said. If Nancy told DePape the truth, he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he would break her ‘knees.'”

“DePape was convinced that Nancy was not telling the truth,” the FBI affidavit said.

Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (R), and her husband Paul Pelosi (C), attend the Holy Mass for the Memorial of Saints Peter and Paul led by Pope Francis at the Basilica of St.  Peter.

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The affidavit also says DePape told police that Nancy Pelosi is the “leader of the pack” of propaganda promoted by the Democratic Party. DePape told police that other members of Congress would see consequences for their actions if Pelosi, who has broken bones, “walks into” the House chamber, according to the affidavit.

The interview was conducted by the San Francisco Police Department on Friday, the day of the attack, according to court records. DePape was read his Miranda rights before he spoke to police and confessed to planning to kidnap a top House Democrat, according to reports.

The federal indictments unsealed Monday also shed light on the conspiracy theory surrounding Pelosi’s attack that was previously shared on Twitter by its billionaire owner Elon Musk.

The conspiracy theory claimed, among other things, that Paul Pelosi knew his attacker. Musk tweeted a link to an article promoting the idea on Sunday, though he later deleted it.

The FBI affidavit, unsealed Monday along with federal charges, says Pelosi told a 911 dispatcher during her call that she “didn’t know who the man was” who broke into her home.

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Additionally, the affidavit stated that officers from the San Francisco Police Department interviewed Pelosi in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, and said, “She had never seen (David) DePape before.”

Earlier Monday, San Francisco Police Department Chief William Scott told CNN’s Ana Cabrera that Paul Pelosi did not know the suspect. The police chief said the wave of conspiracies surrounding the case was “baseless” and “damaging” the ongoing investigation.

This story has been updated with additional updates.


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