- An individual broke into Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco dwelling early Friday and attacked her husband.
- Pelosi was not dwelling on the time, and her husband was “violently assaulted,” police acknowledged.
- Paul Pelosi, 82, was taken to the hospital and is anticipated to make a full restoration.
An individual broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco, California, dwelling early Friday morning and “violently” attacked her husband with a hammer, sending him to the hospital, authorities acknowledged.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked during the break-in on the couple’s dwelling inside the Pacific Heights neighborhood merely sooner than 2:30 a.m., whereas Speaker Pelosi was in Washington, DC with her defending component, acknowledged authorities.
The suspect — who was arrested and acknowledged by police as 42-year-old David Depape — beat Paul Pelosi with a hammer in entrance of cops as they arrived on the dwelling, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott suggested reporters.
Paul Pelosi was hospitalized with blunt stress trauma to his head and physique, according to The Associated Press. The House speaker’s office acknowledged that he is “expected to make a full recovery.”
“Early this morning, an assailant broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi,” the House speaker’s office acknowledged in a assertion Friday morning.
“The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time,” the assertion acknowledged.
Later Friday afternoon, the House Speaker’s office acknowledged Paul Pelosi underwent a successful surgery to revive a skull fracture he sustained inside the assault and was moreover dealt with for “serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” per a press launch.
The attacker, who police acknowledged was moreover taken to the hospital, was reportedly searching for Nancy Pelosi when he broke into the couple’s residence.
He reportedly shouted “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?” at Paul Pelosi.
CNN reported that the attacker moreover tried to tie Pelosi up, saying he was prepared for the speaker.
“The motive for this attack is still being determined,” Scott acknowledged during a press briefing.
When officers responded to the Pelosi dwelling early Friday for a “well-being check” they observed the attacker and Paul Pelosi holding a hammer, Scott acknowledged.
“The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” Scott acknowledged, together with that cops “immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup and rendered medical aid.”
Depape will in all probability be booked on the San Francisco County Jail on a slew of bills collectively with tried homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, and burglary, Scott acknowledged.
The US Capitol Police acknowledged it was aiding the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department inside the investigation. Special brokers with USCP’s California Field Office shortly responded to the scene on the time of the break-in, the corporate acknowledged.
USCP, tasked with defending lawmakers, has opened space workplaces throughout the nation amid a report number of threats to lawmakers.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged in a assertion on Friday that President Joe Biden was “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,” Jean-Pierre acknowledged. “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.”
The Pelosi’s dwelling was beforehand centered by vandals in January 2021. Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dwelling was moreover vandalized.
The safety of lawmakers and their households has taken on renewed significance in Washington following the January 6 Capitol riot and the 2017 congressional baseball comply with capturing that left House Minority Whip Steve Scalise with life-threatening accidents.
Republican lawmakers on the comply with had been solely protected by Capitol Police officers who had been there on account of Scalise’s presence. Before the comply with capturing, then-Rep. Gabby Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and 18 others had been shot during a 2011 event at a native grocery retailer. Six people had been killed, collectively with a federal select and one in every of Giffords’ staffers.
The Pelosi’s wed in 1963 and have 5 children collectively. Nancy Pelosi has represented San Francisco for a few years inside the House, rising to alter into Speaker, the second in line to the presidency, twice.
Paul Pelosi, a enterprise capitalist, has been inside the data steadily this 12 months on account of his voluminous stock trades.
His standing hung over negotiations over whether or not or not every members of Congress and their spouses will be subject to a ban on shopping for and promoting shares particularly individual firms.
Earlier this summer season, he was sentenced to five days in jail and three years of probation after pleading accountable to driving beneath the have an effect on sooner than crashing his automotive.