Suspect in attack on husband of Nancy Pelosi indicted on federal charge



A person already in custody in final month’s attack on the husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on costs of assault and tried kidnapping.

The costs in opposition to David DePape stem from the Oct. 28 break-in on the Pelosis’ San Francisco dwelling are the identical as however supersede these in an earlier federal grievance that was filed on October 31.

When officers’ responded to Paul Pelosi’s 911 name, they discovered Paul Pelosi and DePape preventing over a hammer, in keeping with the six–page indictment. When an officer directed DePape to drop the hammer he responded, “ummm nope,” earlier than forcefully swinging it at Paul Pelosi, the indictment stated.

The change lasted about 15 seconds, and left Pelosi and DePape misleading on the ground with blood swelling round Paul Pelosi’s head, the indictment stated.

DePape, 42, of Richmond, a San Francisco suburb, was arrested contained in the Pelosi residence. When Paul Pelosi known as 911, he informed officers that he was sleeping when a person he had by no means seen earlier than entered his bed room on the lookout for Nancy Pelosi.

Officers later discovered {that a} glass door to the again porch had been damaged. They recovered a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and fabric gloves, and zip ties.

The assault roiled the political world days earlier than the hotly contested midterm elections, the primary nationwide election because the Jan. 6, 2021, rebellion on the Capitol. Threats in opposition to lawmakers and election officers have been at all-time highs and authorities have issued warning about rising extremism in the U.S.

DePape’s public defender, Adam Lipson, didn’t instantly reply to phone and emailed messages. He final week entered a not responsible plea to associated state costs filed in opposition to DePape, a fringe activist drawn to conspiracy theories. A San Francisco decide ordered DePape held with out bail on the state costs of tried assassination, robbery and elder abuse, and he additionally has been positioned on a federal maintain in the case.

He was indicted on federal costs together with assault upon a direct member of the family of a U.S. official with the intent to retaliate in opposition to the official on account of the efficiency of official duties. A second charge alleges he tried to kidnap a U.S. official on account of the efficiency of official duties.

The first charge carries a most sentence of 30 years in federal jail and the second a most 20 years in jail.


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