San Francisco, CA – The man who broke into Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-California) house and attacked her husband while screaming “Where is Nancy?” was carrying a bag full of zip ties, duct tape, and a hammer.
Law enforcement sources and a senior congressional aide told CNN that 42-year-old David DePape wasn’t found to be in possession of any other weapons when police detained him.
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.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said investigators are still working to determine a motive for the attack on the husband of the most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Congress but said that police believed the Pelosis’ home had been specifically targeted.
Chief Scott said DePape entered the Pelosis’ home through the back door looking for Nancy Pelosi, but it wasn’t clear how the suspect had been able to circumvent any security measures were in place, CNN reported.
Nancy Pelosi was not in the San Francisco residence at the time of the home invasion, according to her office.
Aerial views 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, according to Reuters.
Internet sleuths claim that the broken glass being outside of the back door indicate it was broken from within, and this indicates that there wasn’t a break-in.
However, this claim is not only inaccurate (glass can land on both sides of a broken door, no matter which side it was broken from), but even if the glass was broken from the inside, it doesn’t prove or disprove anything.
Sources said Paul Pelosi was able to call 911 when the home invasion began, CNN reported.
Police officials credited an astute dispatcher with picking up the signals that the 82-year-old was giving her when he referred to the home invader as a “friend” and quickly sent help.
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.
“Officers, while still outside of the doorway threshold, gave commands to both men to drop the hammer. Mr. DePape immediately pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently attacked him with the hammer,” Chief Scott told reporters during a news briefing on Oct. 28, according to CNN.
“The officers immediately entered, tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took the hammer away from him, and took the suspect, Mr. DePape, into custody,” he added.
Paul Pelosi was transported to the hospital after the attack and immediately taken into a “successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Nancy Pelosi’s office, said in a statement.
Hammill said the 82-year-old was expected to make a full recovery, CNN reported.
The Los Angeles Times reported that in the months leading up to the attack on Paul Pelosi in the San Francisco residence, DePape had been posting a number of conspiracy-theory posts on social media and on a personal blog that he maintained.
In his blog, DePape posted on tops such as “Manipulation of History,” “Holohoax” and “It’s OK to be white.”
He wrote about 4chan and posted videos about conspiracies involving COVID-19 vaccines and the war in Ukraine, according to the Los Angeles Times.
DePape also posted about QAnon, a conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump is at war with a cabal of Satan-worshipping elites who run a child sex ring.
“Either Q is Trump himself or Q is the deepstate moles within Trumps inner circle,” DePape wrote on Aug. 23.
DePape’s daughter, Inti Gonzalez, confirmed that her father had written the blog, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I’m a little shocked, but not really that shocked, in all honesty,” Gonzalez said.
Other posts by DePape included him referencing “pizzagate,” a conspiracy theory about a child sex ring allegedly being run out of a DC pizza place by Hillary Clinton and a chief said, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Pizza gate is connected to Epstien hahahahha,” DePape wrote on Aug. 23. “My friends would be like pizza gate was debunked their is NO such thing as elite pedophile sex rings and I’m like HELLO Epstein what planet are you on?”
DePape also posted numerous extreme anti-Semitic views.