San Francisco, CA – Police officials have identified the man who allegedly attacked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-California) husband, Paul Pelosi, early on Monday morning at their San Francisco home.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said that 42-year-old David Depape broke into the Pelosis’ three-story red brick home in the tony Pacific Heights neighborhood at about 2:27 a.m. on Oct. 28, according to Reuters.
Chief Scott did not say how Depape got into the home of the highest-ranking Democratic member of Congress, but aerial view of the property filmed by local news helicopters showed a shattered glass on a door at the back of the home located in the 2600-block of Broadway near Divisadero.
The police chief said that when officers arrived at the Pelosis’ home in response to a well-being check request, they found Depape and Paul Pelosi fighting over a hammer, Reuters reported.
That was the exact moment that Depape pulled the hammer away from Nancy Pelosi’s husband and began viciously and brutally beating him with it, according to police officials.
The home invader shouted “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?” as he attacked Paul Pelosi.
Police pulled Depape off Paul Pelosi and disarmed him, Reuters reported.
Chief Scott said both men were transported to the hospital for treatment after the incident.
Several media outlets reported that Paul Pelosi’s injuries were so severe that he was undergoing brain surgery, according to Reuters.
However, the Associated Press reported that he suffered blunt-force injuries to his head and body and was being treated for bruising, severe swelling, and other injuries.
The U.S. Capitol Police, which is the agency responsible for the protection of members of Congress, said it was working with the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) Special Investigations Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to get to the bottom of the home invasion.
The brutal assault on Nancy Pelosi’s husband came just two weeks ahead of the midterm Congressional elections which will determine who will control the U.S. House and Senate for the remainder of President Joe Biden’s first term, Reuters reported.
The police chief didn’t release any details about the suspect, nor did he address speculation about the motive, and said investigators were trying to determine what inspired the brutal attack.
There were several recent posts on social media by a user named “daviddepape” that included extreme anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, criticism of women, “satanic paedophilia,” censorship by tech companies, and other fringe-right themes, Reuters reported.
There were also some older posts that promoted promote quartz crystals and hemp bracelets.
Reuters said that it could not confirm that the posts were created by the suspect in the attack on Paul Pelosi.