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Live updates: Suspect charged with attempted murder in attack that left Nancy Pelosi’s husband with skull fracture

Written by on October 28, 2022

  • The suspect was seeking Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an individual aware of the matter mentioned.
  • The suspect referred to as out “The place is Nancy?” the supply mentioned.
  • DePape was charged with a number of crimes, together with tried murder and elder abuse.
  • Paul Pelosi was taken to a hospital and is predicted to make a full restoration.

A hammer-wielding attacker who violently assaulted the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi inside the family’s San Francisco home was focusing on the longtime California lawmaker, the town’s police chief mentioned late Friday.

“All people ought to be disgusted about what occurred this morning,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott mentioned at a press convention, hours after the assault that left Paul Pelosi with a cranium fracture. “This was not a random act. This was intentional.”

  • The suspect, who was arrested after the early morning Friday break-in, referred to as out “The place is Nancy?” the supply mentioned.
  • San Francisco Police Chief William Scott recognized the alleged assailant as 42-year-old David DePape of Berkeley, California.
  • DePape was charged with a number of crimes, together with tried homicide, assault with a lethal weapon and elder abuse.
  • Who is David DePape?: Suspect has ‘sturdy opinions,’ member of the family mentioned.
  • Paul Pelosi underwent surgical procedure for a cranium fracture, a household spokesman mentioned. 
  • He suffered blunt pressure trauma to his head and physique and was handled for a cranium fracture. Pelosi, 82, is predicted to make a full restoration, the speaker’s workplace mentioned. 
  • Nancy Pelosi, who’s second in line to the presidency, was in Washington on the time of the assault.

Who’s David DePape?:What we know (so far) about the suspect who attacked Paul Pelosi

This is what we all know:

Police establish suspect in Paul Pelosi assault as David DePape

Scott recognized the alleged assailant as 42-year-old David DePape, a resident of Berkeley, California. 

DePape faces tried murder, different prices

San Francisco Sheriff’s data present David Wayne DePape was booked into the native jail at 1:27 p.m. native time. No bond had been set.

He is charged with tried homicide; housebreaking of a residence; assault with a lethal weapon; threatening a member of the family of a public official; dissuading a witness from reporting a criminal offense; elder abuse; battery with critical bodily damage; and damaging a wi-fi system.

San Francisco District Lawyer Brooke Jenkins mentioned native prosecutors are working with native federal authorities within the persevering with investigation. “We’ll carry ahead a number of felony prices on Monday and anticipate DePape to be arraigned on Tuesday. DePape will likely be held accountable for his heinous crimes,” Jenkins tweeted late Friday.

DePape ‘violently assaulted’ Pelosi with hammer

The chief mentioned the suspect had gained entry to the home within the Pacific Heights part by “compelled entry” on the rear of the house.

Police arrived on the Pelosi residence at 2:27 a.m. as a part of a “precedence well-being test,” Scott mentioned. He mentioned that when officers arrived, they encountered a person and Paul Pelosi. Each have been holding a hammer.

The suspect took the hammer away from Pelosi and “violently assaulted” Pelosi, based on Scott. Officers then instantly tackled the suspect, disarmed him and took him into custody.

Police mentioned Paul Pelosi was in a position to name 911 throughout the assault. He was in a position to talk the extent of hazard he was in, regardless that the suspect was in earshot, Scott mentioned at Friday’s press briefing.

“What he (Pelosi) mentioned, she (the dispatcher) felt there was one thing extra to it,” the chief mentioned, crediting the dispatcher for the fast response.

The chief mentioned the response of the dispatcher and responding officers could have been “life saving.”

Paul Pelosi underwent surgical procedure for cranium fracture; full restoration anticipated

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her husband, Paul Pelosi, arrive at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors State Department Dinner, on Dec. 7, 2019, in Washington.

Paul Pelosi underwent profitable surgical procedure following Friday morning’s assault, based on Drew Hammill, Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman.

“Mr. Pelosi was admitted to Zuckerberg San Francisco Common Hospital the place he underwent profitable surgical procedure to restore a cranium fracture and critical accidents to his proper arm and fingers,” Hamill mentioned in an announcement. “His medical doctors anticipate a full restoration.”

The attacker threatened Paul Pelosi life whereas demanding to see the speaker, Hammill mentioned. 

“The Speaker and her household are grateful for the outpouring of assist and prayers from buddies, constituents and other people across the nation,” Hammill mentioned. “The Pelosi household is immensely grateful to Mr. Pelosi’s whole medical workforce and the regulation enforcement officers who responded to the assault.” 

Secret Service and Capitol Police have been guarding the hospital, reviews mentioned.

Who’s David DePape? Suspect in Paul Pelosi assault has ‘sturdy opinions,’ member of the family mentioned

David Depape is shown in Berkeley, Calif.,on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. An intruder attacked and severely beat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband with a hammer in the couple's San Francisco home early Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, while searching for the Democratic leader. Police were called to the home to check on Paul Pelosi when they discovered the 82-year-old and the suspect, Depape, both grabbing onto the hammer, said Police Chief William Scott.

Teresa DePape, who’s married to the suspect’s stepfather residing in Powell River, British Columbia, told USA TODAY that DePape had left the realm for California about 20 years in the past.

“I didn’t know David to be a violent individual,” she mentioned. “However he was an aggressive speaker.”

The household had not been in common contact with the suspect, however Teresa DePape mentioned David emailed his stepfather a pair years in the past, indicating that he would go to the realm and didn’t comply with up.

“Estranged sounds too heavy,” she mentioned, characterizing the suspect’s relationship.

Who’s David DePape?:What we know (so far) about the suspect who attacked Paul Pelosi

Motive for assault nonetheless beneath investigation, chief says

Scott mentioned the motive for the assault remained beneath investigation and didn’t tackle reviews that the suspect was in search of the speaker.

The joint inquiry involving U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and San Francisco Police appeared to underscore regulation enforcement’s rising concentrate on the chance to public officers within the unstable political local weather

Jan. 6 listening to: Video shows Nancy Pelosi faced risk of violence as angry mob hunted her in Capitol  

Homeland Safety warns extremists pose risk to midterm elections

A nationwide Division of Homeland Safety memo Friday warned that “home violent extremists (DVEs) throughout the ideological spectrum pose a heightened risk to the 2022 midterm elections.”

The memo, issued the identical day because the Pelosi assault, mentioned lone offenders with heightened election-related zealotry could justify violent assaults.

“Violence will largely be depending on drivers equivalent to customized ideological grievances and the accessibility of potential targets all through the election cycle.” mentioned the memo, obtained by USA TODAY.

As of June 2022, the DOJ and FBI have reviewed greater than 1,000 communications reported as “abusive, harassing, or intimidating,” and decided 11 p.c met federal standards for additional investigative motion, the memo mentioned. Whereas most of the communications reviewed by the FBI and DOJ seem to stem from perceptions of voter fraud, the communications will not be particular to any single ideology or group.

Previous threats to election officers and staff have included makes an attempt to intimidate them within the efficiency of their duties. The FBI assesses the vast majority of future threats to election staff in 2022 are prone to happen in states or counties the place recounts, audits, or public election disputes happen, the memo mentioned.

— Kevin Johnson

‘Sufficient is sufficient’: Biden denounces assault on Paul Pelosi

President Joe Biden opened his remarks at a Democratic Get together dinner in Pennsylvania by denouncing the assault towards Paul Pelosi and providing prayers for the Pelosi household.

Biden mentioned Pelosi is in “good spirits” and famous that Nancy Pelosi could have been the precise goal. He cited information reviews that the suspected assailant requested “the place’s Nancy” and identified that the identical chant was yelled by the members of the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“That is despicable,” he mentioned. “…There’s an excessive amount of violence, political violence, an excessive amount of hatred, an excessive amount of vitriol.”

Biden referenced false claims by some Republicans about stolen elections and COVID being a hoax and puzzled how they might not understand that such rhetoric would “corrode the political local weather” and have an effect on folks “who is probably not so nicely balanced.”

“Sufficient is sufficient,” he mentioned. “Each individual of excellent conscience wants to obviously and unambiguously arise towards the violence in our politics no matter what your politics are.”

— Michael Collins

Threats towards lawmakers on the rise since 2017

Whereas regulation enforcement authorities mentioned Friday that the motive for the assault towards Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband remained beneath investigation, the assault underscored the deep concern for a latest surge in threats towards lawmakers prior to now 5 years.

The variety of threats and so-called “regarding statements” tracked by the USA Capitol Police jumped from practically 4,000 in 2017 to 9,625 in 2021, based on division information.

Responding to an examination of operations within the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol assault, Capitol Police final 12 months cited the rising risk quantity.

“Supplied the distinctive risk setting we at the moment stay in, the division is assured the variety of instances will proceed to extend,” the company mentioned in a Could 2021 assertion.

The precise focusing on of Pelosi recalled among the most troubling moments of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol assault when rioters sought out the speaker, screaming her identify as they stalked the halls and later ransacked her workplace.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, talking his position as chairman of the Home Homeland Safety Committee, referred to as Friday’s assault on Paul Pelosi “abhorrent.”

“Each elected official, no matter political occasion, ought to be outraged and publicly condemn what occurred at present in no unsure phrases,” Thompson mentioned.

He referred to as the assault a symptom of a a lot bigger downside.

“Now we have seen an increase in home terrorism fueled partly by violent, racist, antisemitic, anti-democratic rhetoric,” Thompson mentioned. “From Charlottesville to January 6, armed attackers sought to impose their views on their fellow residents not with their vote, however with their fist. Members of Congress and different Federal, State, and native officers have acquired demise threats. So-called vigilantes have been intimidating voters at poll drop-boxes and harassing native election officers. America is best than this.”

Neighborhood is ‘fairly horrified’ at brazenness of the assault

The Pelosi giant red-brick house is positioned alongside a protracted hilly stretch crammed with colourful multi-story Victorian-,  Spanish-style mansions alongside modern-looking renovated properties.

Officers Friday afternoon checked IDs to let residents who stay on the block come and go whereas police and the FBI performed its investigation.

Many residents mentioned they have been woke up by the early morning sounds of police sirens, a typical prevalence within the metropolis. Many mentioned they have been additionally shocked {that a} personal safety patrol wasn’t round on the time.  

Jack Bastian, 26, who lives a few blocks away, describes the neighborhood with majestic properties as “the place the previous cash in San Francisco lives,” together with San Francisco’s energy elite and wealthy tech executives. Lots of the properties have scenic views of the town together with the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge and inside strolling distance from the Pacific Ocean.

Bastian mentioned he was “fairly horrified” to know that somebody would assume it’s acceptable to interrupt right into a public official’s residence. However Bastian mentioned he was “not shocked contemplating the political rhetoric that’s out right here” so near the midterm elections.

Stopping by whereas strolling her canine, Liz Orvos, 59, who additionally lives a few blocks away, mentioned the incident is “very, very unhappy” and that “I needed I used to be extra shocked, however not given the nation’s present political local weather.”

“It’s slightly scary, to be trustworthy,” mentioned Orvos, who moved to San Francisco from Charlotte, North Carolina, six months in the past. “I hope this doesn’t intimidate folks from voting, as a result of all of us have to vote now greater than ever.”

— Terry Collins

Capitol Police introduced workplaces to guard members of Congress final 12 months

Final 12 months, U.S. Capitol Police introduced it was opening regional area workplaces in California and Florida to raised shield members of Congress.

“The USCP has enhanced our staffing inside our Dignitary Safety Division in addition to coordinated for enhanced safety for Members of Congress outdoors of the Nationwide Capitol Area,” the USCP mentioned in July 2021.

Police tape blocks a street outside the home of Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco. Paul Pelosi was attacked in the home early Friday.

Biden, Schumer, Harris provide assist for Pelosi 

The assault raises extra questions in regards to the security of members of Congress and their households as threats to lawmakers are at an all-time excessive nearly two years after the violent Capitol rebel.

“What occurred to Paul Pelosi was a dastardly act,” Majority Chief Chuck Schumer mentioned in an announcement. “I spoke with Speaker Pelosi earlier this morning and conveyed my deepest concern and heartfelt needs to her husband and their household, and I want him a speedy restoration.”

President Joe Biden referred to as the speaker to “categorical his assist after this horrible assault” and is praying for Paul Pelosi and the Pelosi household, White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned. “He’s additionally very glad {that a} full restoration is predicted,” she mentioned. 

Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned she and second gentleman Doug Emhoff are “appalled” by the assault.

“Your complete Pelosi household is in our hearts and we want him a speedy restoration,” she wrote in a tweet.

Former President Obama says politics ‘too amped up’

Barack Obama mentioned Friday night whereas campaigning in Atlanta for Democrats.that politics has gotten too heated.

“I wish to take a second to only say a prayer for a good friend of mine, Paul Pelosi, who was attacked,” the previous president mentioned. 

After a second of silence, he complained that politics has gotten too emotionally charged. 

“All of this has been amped up,” he mentioned, blaming social media and platforms he mentioned prioritize the extra worthwhile battle and controversy forward of telling the reality. “So I get why persons are anxious.”

However Obama, who campaigned on hope throughout his presidential runs, mentioned the nation should not despair.

— Sweet Woodall

Republican Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell: ‘Disgusted’

Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., mentioned he’s “horrified and disgusted” by reviews of the assault on Paul Pelosi.

“Grateful to listen to that Paul is on observe to make a full restoration and that regulation enforcement together with our stellar Capitol Police are on the case,” McConnell mentioned in an announcement.

Investigators work outside the home of Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco on Friday.

McCarthy reached out to Pelosi and is ‘praying for a full restoration’

Home Republican Chief Kevin McCarthy reached out to Pelosi “to test in on Paul and mentioned he’s praying for a full restoration and is grateful they caught the assailant,” mentioned McCarthy’s workplace in an announcement.

Home GOP Whip Steve Scalise, mentioned he was “Disgusted to listen to in regards to the horrific assault on Speaker Pelosi’s husband Paul,” in an announcement.

In 2017, Scalise was shot in a politically motivated assault at a observe session for the annual Congressional Baseball Recreation.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom: Assault consequence of rhetoric

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the previous mayor of San Francisco, mentioned the assault “is one more instance of the harmful penalties of the divisive and hateful rhetoric that’s placing lives in danger and undermining our very democracy and Democratic establishments. Those that are utilizing their platforms to incite violence should be held to account.”

Republican Sen. Susan Collins ‘horrified’ by assault

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who launched threatening letters and calls she acquired this spring after protests outdoors the properties of Supreme Court docket justices, mentioned her prayers have been with Pelosi, her husband and household.

“I’m horrified by this vicious assault on Paul Pelosi at his residence,” Collins mentioned.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz calls assault on Paul Pelosi ‘horrific’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a frequent critic of the speaker, referred to as Paul Pelosi’s assault “horrific” and mentioned he’s praying for the Pelosi household.

“Could God’s safety be upon them. We will have our political variations, however violence is all the time incorrect & unacceptable,” Cruz mentioned in a tweet.

Paul Pelosi’s inventory buying and selling the topic of scrutiny 

Paul Pelosi pleaded responsible in August to a misdemeanor of driving beneath the affect cost after he was concerned in a Could crash in Napa Valley and recorded a .082% blood alcohol stage, above the authorized restrict. He was sentenced to five days in jail and three years of probation. 

Paul Pelosi, a rich investor, has drawn scrutiny from Republicans for profitable inventory trades they are saying are tied to coverage.

Speaker Pelosi has entry to confidential intelligence and the flexibility to affect coverage selections that might doubtlessly affect publicly traded firms. Dealing with public stress, Congress has debated whether or not members ought to have the ability to purchase and promote shares.

The speaker in December mentioned it’s “a free-market economic system” and members ought to have the ability to take part within the inventory market. Earlier this 12 months, Pelosi mentioned the Home would introduce a invoice that might ban lawmakers from buying and selling, but it surely hasn’t reached a ground vote.

Members of Congress have acquired extra cash for safety at their properties, however some have pushed for extra safety as folks have proven up at their properties and as members have acquired an rising quantity of threatening communications.

It is a creating story. USA TODAY will proceed to replace.

Contributing: AP