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Paul Pelosi. (Photo: Office of U.S. House Speaker, Public Domain)

Paul Pelosi Attacker Charged With Assault, Kidnapping

Attacker may face up to 50 years behind bars

By Evan Symon, October 31, 2022 6:13 pm

David DePape, the Canadian man who broke into the residence of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Paul Pelosi and proceeded to attack Paul with a hammer, was charged with two federal felony charges on Monday, which, if guilty, could keep him in prison for up to 50 years.

Last Friday, DePape broke into the San Francisco Pelosi residence in the early hours of the morning. While there is usually a noticeable security presence in the house when the Speaker is there, she was in Washington at the time, leaving only Paul at home. Armed with a hammer, DePape soon began calling out for the Speaker, causing Paul Pelosi to call the police and confront the man. DePape soon began trying to tie him up while saying that he wanted to do the same to his wife. A scuffle soon broke out, which at that time police arrived in time to see DePape start to attack Pelosi. Special agents from the U.S. Capitol Police’s California Field Office and SFPD officers quickly tackled DePape as a result and arrested him.

Pelosi was immediately sent to a nearby hospital. While his wounds were serious, with a skull fracture and injuries to his hands and wrists, the Speaker later released a report saying that he was recovering. The Speaker visited her husband in the hospital over the weekend, and the family has continued to say that it looks like he will make a full recovery. Paul Pelosi was also feeling better enough to talk with investigators from his hospital bed on Sunday, helping them put together charges faster than expected.

DePape, meanwhile, was sent to jail, with a joint SFPD, FBI, and Capitol Police investigation being launched. In the ensuing days, DePape was questioned. According to the affidavit released on Monday, DePape told prosecutors that his plan was to break into the Pelosi residence and hold her hostage, calling her the ‘leader of the pack’. He would then ask her questions. If she told the truth, she would be let go. But if she lied, DePape would break her kneecaps. He continued that he was relatively certain she would lie. The goal was to then have Pelosi wheeled into Congress in a wheelchair, as a way to show others there what the consequences would be for lying.

“DePape stated that he was going to hold Nancy hostage and talk to her,” said the affidavit. “If Nancy were to tell DePape the ‘truth,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he was going to break ‘her kneecaps.’ DePape also later explained that by breaking Nancy’s kneecaps, she would then have to be wheeled into Congress, which would show other Members of Congress that there were consequences to actions.”

United States v. David DePape filing (Photo: U.S. Department of Justice)

In addition, DePape admitted to breaking into the Pelosi home, using the hammer to break in, and both tying up and assaulting Paul Pelosi.

As a result, the U.S. Department of Justice filed United States of America v. David Wayne DePape on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. DePape is being charged federally with one count off assault of an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties, and one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties. With the first charge bringing as many as 30 years behind bars and the second count as many as twenty, DePape now faces as much as half a century in federal prison.

Elected officials from both sides of the aisle, including many opponents of Nancy Pelosi, gave their  support to the Pelosi family during the weekend, with a widespread condemnation of the assault. Many observers also noted that the incident proved to be a uniting factor only days before the mid-term elections, which is being fought tooth and nail between the GOP and Democrats for control of the House and Senate.

“Everyone has been pretty shocked by this,” explained Tara Weber, a former Congressional aide and current lobbyist in Washington, to the Globe on Monday. “There had been a growing number of threats going up to the Pelosi attack, but going after a family member? That was just wrong. There has been talk with both sides since then. Some people I know  on the left said that this is a result of the alt-right and conspiracy theorists influencing him, while some on the right are saying that the left is milking this for sympathy points. But the vast majority are just concerned and want to bring better protection for leadership and to protect families too, regardless of party. Because, you know, it happened to a Democrat this time. Next time it could be a Republican. Both sides know this.”

“This really horrified a lot of people, and everyone benefits in ways to help stop these nuts from doing things like this in the future.”

DePape is expected in court soon.

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12 thoughts on “Paul Pelosi Attacker Charged With Assault, Kidnapping

  1. SF Police and Democrats have had 3 days to come up with this ridiculous story? No doubt the Pelosi’s mansion has mega-security including cameras and they also have domestic help? Why was the broken glass OUTSIDE of the french door on the steps of the Pelosi mansion? Is it plausible that Paul Pelosi invited David DePape into the mansion? David DePape let Paul Pelosi go to the bathroom with his cell phone, where he called 911, and then Paul Pelosi came out of the bathroom rather than locking himself in and waiting for the police? Why did Paul Pelosi tell the 911 dispatcher that the intruder was named David and that he was a friend? Who let the police into the Pelosi mansion? Why were they both found holding a hammer while in their underwear? Maybe Paul refused to pay for a rendezvous and that’s what started the hammer fight? SF police allowed Depape to beat Paul Pelosi unconscious with a hammer? What are DePape’s injuries and why is he still in the hospital? It appears that the suspect is mentally ill, a drug abuser, an illegal alien from Canada, and he was living in an old bus in Berkeley with a BLM sign and LGBTQ+ flag in the yard, yet Democrats and the legacy propaganda media are trying to blame MAGA Republicans for the attack?!? It’s insane? Now that the DOJ and FBI have taken over the case, we’ll never know the real story?

    1. “It appears that the suspect is mentally ill, a drug abuser, an illegal alien from Canada, and he was living in an old bus in Berkeley with a BLM sign and LGBTQ+ flag in the yard, yet Democrats and the legacy propaganda media are trying to blame MAGA Republicans for the attack?!?…”

      Mario, I did not know that there is actually a phrase that applies to this type of “blaming” game that the left-wingers are playing. It’s called “Jumping the Shark” where Democrats and their supporters point the finger at the other side (MAGA) when their own people are targeted, but ignore incidents when Republicans are the target: (https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/political-left-jumps-shark-invoking-threat-democracy-following).

      1. Thank you for that definition of “jumping the shark”
        Here are two more: “fake binary” and “designer manipulation”.
        “You have a fake story and then you have a fake story challenging the fake story” / “You design a fake story specifically for a group….”explained by David Icke here in this link to a 10 minute video,

  2. What are the odds we will ever see any video, home security or police body cam. 3 days is a long time to get your story straight, police were the only ones reporting details, how could the story change so dramatically and who was that mystery passenger with him when he got into that wreak?

    1. While the two men struggled over a hammer, they paused, put the hammer down and politely opened the door, then resumed their struggle. The police admitted in their report they did not break down the door or use force.

      1. Thank you Stacy! I have been scratching my head for five days wondering who opened the door! This story has more questions than answers and the only one who seems on it is Tucker Carlson.

  3. One report made it sound like in the struggle for the hammer, it flew back and hit Pelosi on the head. This would be an involuntary blow, and probably minor in overall effect since it was not an intentional nor directed attack.

    Surgery “on the skull” (suturing a minor laceration) is not the same as “life-saving brain surgery” which the media implies. Police body cams can easily clear up all current confusions; but could undermine the TDS narrative Democrats are desperate to inflict.

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