By
Savannah Hulsey Pointer
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November 3, 2022
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10:00 pm

Paul Pelosi's attacker charged with kidnapping

The attacker who was arrested for assaulting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, has been charged additionally with attempted kidnapping.

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, David Wayne DePape has been charged with federal crimes:

A California man was charged today with assault and attempted kidnapping in violation of federal law in connection with the break-in at the residence of Nancy and Paul Pelosi in San Francisco on Friday.

According to the complaint, David Wayne DePape, 42, of Richmond, was arrested on Friday inside the Pelosi residence by San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) police officers responding to a 911 call from Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Paul Pelosi later described to police that he had been asleep when DePape, whom he had never seen before, entered his bedroom looking for Nancy Pelosi.

According to the complaint, minutes after the 911 call, two police officers responded to the Pelosi residence where they encountered Paul Pelosi and DePape struggling over a hammer. Officers told the men to drop the hammer, and DePape allegedly gained control of the hammer and swung it, striking Pelosi in the head.

Officers immediately restrained DePape, while Pelosi appeared to be unconscious on the ground. As set forth in the complaint, once DePape was restrained, officers secured a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and zip ties from the crime scene, where officers also observed a broken glass door to the back porch.

DePape is charged with one count of assault of an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. DePape is also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds for the Northern District of California, Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp of the FBI San Francisco Field Office, and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the U.S. Capitol Police made the announcement.

The Special Prosecutions Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California is prosecuting the case. The FBI San Francisco Field Office, the U.S. Capitol Police, and the San Francisco Police Department are investigating the case.

Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy said over the weekend that he believed Congress should pursue increased protection for lawmakers and their families. However, national security professional and expert Tom Rogan explained that because the speaker is second in line for the presidency, she already has advanced security protection.

The lawmaker questioned how it was possible for someone to break into the speaker's house: "The speaker of the House of Representatives is the highest-ranking member of Congress and second in the presidential line of succession.

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi is thus provided a full-time Capitol Police protective detail. Commensurate with continuity of government plans, should both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris be incapacitated, Pelosi's security detail has advanced capabilities and liaises closely with the U.S. Secret Service," the expert wrote at the Washington Examiner last week.

Written By:
Savannah Hulsey Pointer

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