Paul Pelosi spoke Monday at the trial of David DePape, who was charged with assault in the attack that left the 83-year-old in a "pool of his own blood," the Washington Examiner reported. DePepe broke into the home looking for Paul Pelosi's wife, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with intent to kidnap and harm her to "teach her a lesson."
Paul Pelosi took the stand against DePape, who is a Canadian national, speaking publicly about the incident for the first time. "The door opened, and a very large man came in with a hammer in one hand and some ties in the other, and he said, 'Where’s Nancy?'" Paul Pelosi recalled in front of the jury.
"I’m asleep and he bursts in the door, and that woke me up." Although the family's California home had an alarm system, Paul Pelosi said he did not set it that night before going to sleep.
That oversight nearly cost him his life. DePape managed to break into the home and went undetected until Paul Pelosi woke up to see the man in his room and "recognized" that he was "in serious danger" from the intruder.
"He was standing in the doorway, and I assume he was 3, 4 feet away from me. It was a tremendous sense of shock to see somebody had broken into the house," Paul Pelosi said.
He tried in vain to escape when he saw the imposing figure of the intruder. "The first thing I tried to do was get up and try to get to the elevator because if I can get to the elevator, there's a phone in the elevator, and I could close the door so he couldn't get to me," Pelosi said.
"I walked toward the door, but he blocked me," he said of DePape. The intruder asked for Nancy Pelosi's whereabouts, which prosecutors later said was because DePape wanted to "kidnap her, to hold her hostage, to break her kneecaps, to teach her a lesson."
When Paul Pelosi said his wife was in D.C., DePape explained he'd use the zip ties he'd brought to tie him and wait for her to return. DePape claimed Nancy Pelosi was "the leader of the pack" and that he must "take her out."
Fortunately, Paul Pelosi was able to place a 911 call but carefully worded his message to the dispatcher so as not to tip off DePape. Police were sent to the residence, but Paul Pelosi was becoming hopeless about the situation in the meantime.
"It's over for me. I'm going to have to take you out," Paul Pelosi said DePape told him. Thinking on his feet, Paul Pelosi persuaded DePape to go back downstairs.
"Since all your stuff is downstairs, why don’t we go downstairs? You can tie me up, and you can get some sleep," he told DePape.
Cops showed up a short time later to find both Paul Pelosi and DePape gripping the hammer. Police demanded they both drop the weapon, but DePape took it from Paul Pelosi's hands and started bashing him on the head with it.
Paul Pelosi suffered injuries to his head and right arm. He was taken to an area hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a fractured skull, but he still lives with the horror of the night. "I've tried to put it out of my mind. I made the best effort I possibly can to not relive this," Paul Pelosi said.
Paul Pelosi is lucky to be alive after such a brutal attack by a crazed individual. It's unfortunate and puzzling that the spouse of such a high-profile government official has no security except a home alarm he's responsible for setting himself.