The San Francisco police held a man in custody after beating United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi.
Around 2:30 a.m., police discovered David DePape, 42, inside the Pelosi residence. According to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, the suspect was holding a hammer when he confronted Mr. Pelosi, who was also clutching a hammer. According to the police, DePape planned to attack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Our officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect both holding a hammer. The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it. Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup and rendered medical aid,” said police Chief Officer Scott.
According to the police, DePape went to the Pelosi residence in search of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Instead, he came across Paul. The assailant inquired about the location of the House Speaker. But Paul did not respond, and the physical encounter started. Following a skull fracture and injuries to his hands and right arm, Paul was immediately placed under close observation. The doctors in charge of Paul’s operation assured the public that everything went well. Fortunately, they anticipate a complete recovery.
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What was the motive
DePape, on the other hand, will face a slew of felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, attempted homicide, elder abuse, and burglary. The suspect awaits trial at the San Francisco County jail. According to reports, DePape and Pelosi’s connection remain unclear. However, the assailant appeared oblivious of the house speaker’s whereabouts.
Pelosi was in Washington at the time when the crime occurred. Unfortunately, the absence of Pelosi and her security team in her San Francisco home rendered her husband vulnerable to an attack. Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s speaker, thanked the police for their timely reply and requested privacy from the media as the US Capitol Police, the FBI, and the San Francisco Police Department worked together to investigate the incident.
The assailant’s attempt is one of the thousands of threats that US legislators face every year. According to the US Capitol Police, over 4,000 threats are received yearly. In addition, the agency received over 10,000 threats against officials last year, prompting the Capitol Police to open two new offices, one in California and one in Florida.
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Pelosi expresses fear
The senior US official took to social media to express her despair over the situation. Her complete statement is as follows:
“Sadly, a violent man broke into our family home yesterday morning, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband, Paul. Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop. So we are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving.”
“Please know that your prayers and warm wishes are a comfort to our family and helping Paul make progress with his recovery. His condition continues to improve.”
“We are also comforted by these words from the Book of Isaiah: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“We thank you for your prayers and warm wishes as well as the work you do to strengthen our Democracy.”