Federal Charges Filed Against Suspect In Paul Pelosi Attack: Is He charged With Kidnapping And Attempted Murder?
Federal Charges Filed Against Suspect In Paul Pelosi Attack: Paul Pelosi “is making steady progress on what will be a long rehabilitation process,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday. Since Paul’s attack early Friday, we’ve received thousands of messages of concern, prayers, and well wishes. “We appreciate everyone’s kindness.”
David DePape, 42, was charged with assault, attempted murder, and attempted kidnapping after last week’s break-in at the couple’s San Francisco home.
The US attorney for Northern California accused him of “attempted kidnapping of a US official.” According to an FBI document published Monday, DePape informed police he wanted to “keep hostage” Nancy Pelosi.
Tried kidnapping carries a maximum 20-year sentence. DePape was also charged with assaulting a US official’s family in retaliation. This charge purportedly involves Paul Pelosi and carries a 30-year maximum penalty.
The federal accusations against DePape are in addition to state charges, which include attempted murder, domestic burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false confinement of age, and threats to a public official and their family.
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said DePape faces 13 years to life in jail. DePape’s arraignment is Tuesday.
Jenkins claimed Pelosi’s assault was “politically motivated”
“Yes, it appears that this was politically motivated based on his actions and comments,” Jenkins said. Paul Pelosi was interviewed by investigators this weekend at the hospital, according to two law enforcement sources and a source familiar with the issue. FBI and local police conducted the interview.
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Court file reveals Paul Pelosi’s 911 call in detail
The federal allegations against DePape reveal Paul Pelosi’s 911 call during the event. Pelosi said a man in the house will wait for her wife. Pelosi said he doesn’t know the man. In a written document unsealed Monday, an FBI agent stated the man’s name is David.
Paul Pelosi called 911 at 2:23 a.m. PT on Friday, and officers arrived 8 minutes later, according to an unsealed affidavit. “When the door was opened, Pelosi and DePape were both brandishing a hammer,” the affidavit claimed. Pelosi greeted the police. Officers questioned what happened. DePape says everything’s OK. Officers requested Pelosi and DePape to stop.
DePape allegedly snatched the hammer away and hit Pelosi with it. The affidavit added Pelosi “looked unconscious” following the blow.
Paul Pelosi underwent “successful surgery to treat a skull fracture and major injuries to his right arm and hands,” according to Nancy Pelosi’s office. They expect Pelosi to recover fully. After the federal criminal complaint, a source told CNN more about Paul Pelosi’s attack and injuries.
DePape hit Pelosi twice, according to a source. Pelosi needed surgery for a skull fracture and suffered major injuries to his hands and right arm, a source added. The source stated Paul Pelosi was sleeping in boxer shorts and a pajama top when DePape broke in.
CNN stated that Pelosi kept the line open with 911 and was speaking in code to help police comprehend what was happening. FBI agent: “DePape was prepared to capture and hurt Speaker Pelosi when he entered her home on October 28, 2022.” “That morning, DePape had zip ties, tape, rope, and a hammer.”
Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, police tape barricades a roadway near Paul Pelosi’s San Francisco house. An intruder with a hammer smashed into Paul Pelosi’s San Francisco home early Friday, according to sources. (Reuters)
David DePape, Paul Pelosi’s suspected attacker, hasn’t appeared in court yet.
DePape told officers he planned to kidnap the House speaker, according to the criminal complaint. “DePape claimed he would hold Nancy hostage and talk to her,” the FBI affidavit read. “If Nancy told DePape the ‘truth,’ he’d let her go; if she lied, he’d smash her kneecaps.”
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FBI affidavit: DePape was sure Nancy wouldn’t tell the truth
FBI affidavit debunks Musk conspiracy. The federal charges revealed Monday undermine Elon Musk’s conspiracy theory about the Pelosi attack.
The hypothesis stated Paul Pelosi knew his attacker. Musk tweeted a link to the notion on Sunday, then erased it. FBI document filed Monday with federal charges indicates Pelosi told the 911 operator “he doesn’t know who the male is”
SFPD officers interviewed Pelosi in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, and he said, “He’d never seen (David) DePape before.”
SFPD Chief William Scott told CNN’s Ana Cabrera that Paul Pelosi didn’t know the suspect. The police chief called the conspiracy theories “baseless” and “damaging” to the inquiry.