The man who allegedly attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, with a hammer after breaking into the couple’s San Francisco home was wearing zip ties with him, according to reports Sunday.
A person briefed on the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press the chilling detail of suspect David DePape, who was arrested early Friday.
It was reminiscent of the Capitol Riot on January 6, 2021, where some members of the crowd seeking to overturn President Biden’s election victory bore close ties. Rioters stormed Pelosi’s office demanding to know “Where’s Nancy?” — the same question DePape allegedly asked after confronting her husband during the burglary.
DePape, 42, allegedly fractured the skull of 82-year-old Paul Pelosi after attacking him with a hammer.
He is expected to be charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and “several other additional crimes”, police said. His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.
The speaker’s husband underwent surgery following the attack and is expected to make a full recovery.
The California Democrat was not home at the time and returned to San Francisco after the attack.
“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the potentially fatal attack on our Pop,” the MP wrote in a letter to her colleagues on Saturday. “We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical treatment he is receiving.”
During Friday’s attack, Paul Pelosi was able to call 911 from the bathroom, police said.
“What’s going on? Why are you here? What are you going to do to me?” he says in coded language in an attempt to alert law enforcement without escalating the situation with DePape .
The alleged attacker was living on a school bus weeks before the attack, neighbors previously told The Post.
“He usually stayed alone,” neighbor Ryan La Coste told the Post. “He would just give us a blank stare when we passed. We tried to stay away from him. … No one knew he was here because he would be on the bus or he just wasn’t communicating.
His daughter-in-law Inti Gonzalez wrote on Facebook that he posted several racist posts on his personal blog, including conspiracy theories about the 2020 election results.
Gonzalez also accused DePape of sexually abusing her and her brothers.
With post wires