Paul Pelosi attack: Alleged assailant had bag with zip ties, source says


The man who allegedly assaulted Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, at the couple’s San Francisco home had with him a bag containing several zip ties, among other things, according to sources who have been briefed on the matter. happened.

David DePape, 42, faces charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and other felonies in connection with the attack Friday morning, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said.

CNN previously reported that DePape confronted Pelosi and asked where his wife was, yelling, “Where’s Nancy?”

The new details add to a better understanding of what happened during Friday’s attack, in which DePape also tried to tie up Paul Pelosi, two sources told CNN on Friday.

Cries of “Where’s Nancy” have echoes of the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

While police have not determined a motive, they believe DePape entered the home on purpose.

Police said DePape entered the home through the back door and it’s unclear if he bypassed security measures.

Paul Pelosi may have called 911 early in the attack, law enforcement sources and other sources familiar with the matter previously said. He managed to keep the line open and the dispatcher could hear the conversation in the background, spoken surreptitiously but making it clear that he needed help, according to law enforcement sources.

San Francisco police entered the home around 2:27 a.m. local time Friday (5:27 a.m. ET) to find Pelosi fighting over a hammer with DePape, according to the city’s police chief. Officers saw DePape “violently attack” Pelosi with a hammer before they tackled her to the ground and arrested her.

“The officer, while still out of the doorway, ordered both men to drop the hammer. Mr. DePape immediately pulled the hammer from Mr. Pelosi and violently attacked him with the hammer,” said Scott in a press conference Friday. “The officers immediately entered, arrested the suspect , disarmed him, took the hammer from him, and took the suspect, Mr. DePape, arrested.”

DePape is expected to be charged with multiple felonies on Monday and arraigned Tuesday, according to San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins.

Pelosi was taken to the hospital after the attack and underwent a “successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hand,” Drew Hammill, Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman, said in a statement early Friday evening. Paul Pelosi is expected to make a full recovery.

Nancy Pelosi said in a letter Saturday to all members of the US House of Representatives that her husband is improving after the attack but that her children and grandchildren are “sad and traumatized.”

This story has been updated with additional information.


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