Suspect intended to kidnap Nancy Pelosi and “break her kneecaps,” San Francisco DA says

David Wayne DePapethe man accused of breaking into Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and violently attacked her husbandintended to kidnap her and possibly break “her krencaps,” he said, according to court documents.

He told San Francisco police after his arrest that, “If Nancy [Pelosi] should tell DePape ‘the truth,’ he would let him go, and if he ‘lyed,’ he would break his ‘knees,’ “so that he should be converted to Congress.

Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Monday night that “Paul has made steady progress in what will be a long recovery process.” Paul Pelosi was admitted to the hospital after the attack and underwent what the speaker’s office described as “successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and a serious injury to the right arm and hand”.

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Suspects have targeted Pelosi’s home to confront the House speaker, interim San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said at a news conference Monday. DePape allegedly forced his way through a rear glass door, leading to the second floor of the home, where Paul Pelosi was sleeping. He then woke up Paul Pelosi, who was wearing a pajama shirt and boxer shorts, and asked where his wife was, according to Jenkins.

Paul Pelosi then tried to get to the elevator at Pelosi’s house, Jenkins said, and asked to go to the bathroom, where he called 911. The defendant then realized that Paul Pelosi had made a phone call, Jenkins said. Two officers soon arrived, and when they did, they saw the defendant holding a hammer, which he used to attack Pelosi, Jenkins said.

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The FBI affidavit filed in the federal case against DePape also said that the San Francisco police “recovered the postal tie in Pelosi’s bedroom and in the hallway near the front door of Pelosi’s residence”.

Law enforcement officials also searched DePape’s backpack at Pelosi’s residence and found “among other things, a roll of tape, white rope, a hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and a journal,” the affidavit said. It noted that Paul Pelosi said he had never seen DePape before.

DePape, 42, is charged with attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, and threats against a public official and his family, Jenkins said.

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Jenkins said investigators believe​​​​ that DePape intended to kill Paul Pelosi and that his actions were politically motivated. “What is clear, based on the evidence we have so far, is that this house and the speaker himself were specifically targeted by the defendant,” Jenkins said.

During the news conference Jenkins also called on leaders and citizens “to watch the words we speak and turn down the volume of our political rhetoric.”

sound of slap was also charged Monday with federal counts of assault on a member of the immediate family of a federal official and attempted kidnapping of a federal official. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court in San Francisco on Tuesday.


Suspect accused in Paul Pelosi’s home attack

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DePape also has a list of people he wants to target, law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation has told CBS News. The source said he might have attacked more people, if he hadn’t been arrested after attacking Pelosi.

— Rob Legare, Jeff Pegues and Gina Martinez contributed to this report

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