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FBI Affidavit Details Plan Of Paul Pelosi’s Attacker, Who Is In Country Illegally

San Francisco, CA – Officials have released more details about the attack on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-California) husband, 82-year-old Paul Pelosi, in their San Francisco residence including details of an interview with the suspect and the fact that he had a hit list of other targets.

And FOX News has reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sources have said the man who brutally attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer is in the United States illegally.

The affidavit filed in federal court on Oct. 31 charged 42-year-old David DePape with attempted kidnapping and assault with intent to retaliate against a federal official by threatening or injuring a family member, NBC News reported.

DePape is also facing California state charges of attempted homicide, first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with serious bodily injury, elder abuse, threatening a public official, or family member, among others.

The federal charging documents said DePape told Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents that he “was prepared to detain and injure Speaker Pelosi when he entered the Pelosi residence in the early morning of October 28, 2022. DEPAPE had zip ties, tape, rope, and at least one hammer with him that morning.”

Paul Pelosi was interviewed by San Francisco Police Officer Ariane Starks in the ambulance on his way to San Francisco General Hospital after the hammer attack and told the officer he had never seen the hammer-wielding suspect before, according to the affidavit.

“Pelosi was asleep when DEPAPE came into Pelosi’s bedroom and stated he wanted to talk to Nancy When Pelosi told him that Nancy was not there, DEPAPE stated that he would sit and wait,” the charging documents read. “Pelosi stated that his wife would not be home for several days and then DEPAPE reiterated that he would wait.”

Nancy Pelosi was not in San Francisco on the night of the attack, according to her office.

“Pelosi was able to go into the bathroom which is when he was able to call 9 1-1,” the affidavit continued. “Pelosi stated that when the officers arrived, that was when DEPAPE struck him with the hammer.”

DePape was also interviewed by San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) detectives after he was given his Miranda warning and told them that “he was going to hold Nancy hostage and talk to her.”

“If Nancy were to tell DEPAPE the truth, he would let her go, and if she lied, he was going to break her kneecaps,” according to the charging documents. “DEPAPE was certain that Nancy would not have told the truth. In the course of the interview, DEPAPE articulated he viewed Nancy as the leader of the pack of lies told by the Democratic Party.”

“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 there were consequences to actions,” the affidavit read.

The charging documents also revealed that the suspect had a list of other people he planned to target.

“DEPAPE also explained generally that he wanted to use Nancy to lure another individual to DEPAPE,” the charging documents read.

The suspect told investigators that he broke in through a glass door using a hammer and that Paul Pelosi appeared surprised when he woke him up in his bedroom.

“DEPAPE told Pelosi that he was looking for Nancy. Pelosi responded that she was not present. Pelosi asked how they could resolve the situation,” according to the affidavit.

“DEPAPE stated he wanted to tie Pelosi up so that DEPAPE could go to sleep as he was tired from having had to carry a backpack to the Pelosi residence,” the charging documents read. “Around this time, according to DEPAPE, DEPAPE started taking out twist ties from his pocket so that he could restrain Pelosi.”

“Pelosi moved towards another part of the house, but DEPAPE stopped him and together they went back into the bedroom. While talking with each other, Pelosi went into a bathroom, where Pelosi grabbed a phone to call 9-1-1. DEPAPE stated he felt like Pelosi’s actions compelled him to respond,” the affidavit read.

DePape told investigators that he didn’t think police would forget about the 911 call, but he did not leave “because, much like the American founding fathers with the British, he was fighting against tyranny without the option of surrender.”

“DEPAPE reiterated this sentiment elsewhere in the interview,” the affidavit read.

He told investigators that they went to the front door and when police arrived, Paul Pelosi ran over and opened it.

Then DePape told investigators that Paul Pelosi tried to grab the hammer out of his hand.

“At this point in the interview, DEPAPE repeated that DEPAPE did not plan to surrender and that he would go through Pelosi,” the charging documents read.

“DEPAPE stated that he pulled the hammer away from Pelosi and swung the hammer towards Pelosi . DEPAPE explained that Pelosi’s actions resulted in Pelosi taking punishment instead,” according to the affidavit.

FOX News reported on Oct. 31 that an ICE source had confirmed that DePape was a Canadian citizen who is in the United States illegally.

The source said DePape is in the country as a “longtime” visa overstay.

CNN reported that DePape grew up in Powell River, British Columbia and had “left Canada about 20 years ago to pursue a relationship that brought him to California.”

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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