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Editor’s note: This article has been updated after originally reporting that “Police arrested hemp jewelry maker David DePape, 42, after he broke into the home in his underwear in the middle of the night. He beat Paul Pelosi with a hammer while shouting ‘Where’s Nancy?'” As noted by KTVU, body camera footage confirmed DePape was wearing shorts, not underwear. There’s also no proof that DePape and Paul Pelosi “spoke in code.” We have updated our story, headline, and removed the false information.
More harrowing information about the attack on Paul Pelosi has been revealed and it is disturbing.
“It was thanks to Mr Pelosi having the ability to make that call” and the “instincts of that dispatcher to realize something was wrong” that police were able to get to the scene quickly, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said to CNN. “They got there within two minutes to respond to this situation.”
Later on Friday, it was revealed how the attacker appears to be a former nudist from British Columbia who has struggled with drugs and posted crazed COVID conspiracy theories, anti-Semitic rants, racist slurs and unhinged screeds on religion online.
Police arrested hemp jewelry maker David DePape, 42, after he broke into the home in his underwear in the middle of the night. He beat Paul Pelosi with a hammer while shouting ‘where’s Nancy’.
Cops say they were at the property in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood when they saw the suspect grapple with Pelosi, take the hammer and then hit him with it, causing severe head, arm and hand injuries.
When they arrested Depape, they found a manifesto that contained anti-government COVID beliefs and a list of other politicians he planned to target, KTVU reported.
Pelosi was taken into surgery to repair a skull fracture after the attack but is expected to make a full recovery, while DePape is in custody and set to be charged with multiple felonies including attempted homicide.
The intruder in the home of House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi was looking for the 82-year-old representative.
The man, who has been arrested after attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer and hospitalizing him, shouted “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?” a source said to CNN.
“The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family. This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack. He is also very glad that a full recovery is expected. The President continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on behalf of President Joe Biden.
“Horrified and disgusted by the reports that Paul Pelosi was assaulted in his and Speaker Pelosi’s home last night. Grateful to hear that Paul is on track to make a full recovery and that law enforcement including our stellar Capitol Police are on the case,” Senate Minority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell said.
Horrified and disgusted by the reports that Paul Pelosi was assaulted in his and Speaker Pelosi's home last night. Grateful to hear that Paul is on track to make a full recovery and that law enforcement including our stellar Capitol Police are on the case.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) October 28, 2022
“What happened to Paul Pelosi last night is horrific. Heidi & I are praying for him & Nancy & the entire Pelosi family. May God’s protection be upon them. We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable,” Sen. Ted Cruz said.
What happened to Paul Pelosi last night is horrific.
Heidi & I are praying for him & Nancy & the entire Pelosi family. May God’s protection be upon them.
We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 28, 2022
“Doug and I are appalled by the attack on Paul Pelosi, Speaker Pelosi’s husband. The entire Pelosi family is in our hearts and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Vice President Kamala Harris said.
Doug and I are appalled by the attack on Paul Pelosi, Speaker Pelosi’s husband. The entire Pelosi family is in our hearts and we wish him a speedy recovery.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) October 28, 2022
Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked by a man with a hammer at the couple’s home in San Francisco early Friday morning, law enforcement sources tell CNN.
Pelosi, 82, was hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery, the Democratic speaker’s office said in a statement.
Police arrested a suspect and his potential motive is under investigation.
The assailant entered the Pelosi residence through the back of the house, according two sources familiar with the early details of the incident, but little more is known about how the attack played out.
With Speaker Pelosi away, there would not have been a security detail at the residence, according to one source familiar with protocol.
The attack occurred on Friday and he is expected to make a full recovery, the Speaker’s office said.
“Early this morning, an assailant broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi. The assailant is in custody and the motivation for the attack is under investigation. Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery. The Speaker was not in San Francisco at the time,” Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Speaker Pelosi, said.
“The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time,” he said.