The man accused of breaking into Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco mansion and attacking her husband with a hammer has been formally charged for the attack.
A federal grand jury indicted David DePape, 42, on Wednesday on charges of assault and attempted kidnapping in connection with the break in at the Pelosi residence on October 28.
He was said to have woken Paul Pelosi up early that morning and allegedly told police how he wanted to restrain Paul Pelosi so he could take a nap while he waited for the House Speaker to return home.
Just moments after cops arrived on the scene, the indictment says, DePape struck the 82-year-old in the head with a hammer.
The entire incident was recorded on police body camera footage, according to the indictment.
DePape was arrested that night, and officers found a roll of tape, white rope, a hammer, and a pair of rubber and cloth gloves at the scene. They also discovered he had researched the Pelosi mansion just two days before the alleged attack.
He reportedly told the cops that he would ‘kneecap’ the Democrat House Speaker in an effort to show Congressmembers that there are consequences to their actions as he sought to lure another politician to him.
The Canadian citizen is now facing up to 50 years in prison.
A federal grand jury indicted David DePape, 42, on Wednesday on charges of assault and attempted kidnapping for allegedly breaking into Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco mansion
He is said to have woken up Paul Pelosi the night of October 28, and tell him he would ‘wait’ for the House Speaker to return home so he could ‘kneecap’ her. Th couple are seen here in 2019
According to the indictment, filed in the US District Court in the Northern District of California on Wednesday, San Francisco police received a call from Paul Pelosi at around 2.23am on October 28.
He then proceeded to tell officers how a man broke into his home looking for his wife, the House Speaker, saying he would wait for her to return to the San Francisco mansion.
By the time officers arrived on the scene, the indictment says, DePape was gripping a hammer as Paul Pelosi apparently tried to fight him off
During the two-minute phone call, the indictment says, Pelosi made clear he did not know the man, even as DePape could be heard in the background saying his name is ‘David’ and he is a ‘friend.’
Towards the end of the call — after a dispatcher agreed to stay on the line with Paul — he told police that the man wanted him to ‘get the hell off the phone.’
By the time police arrived on the scene moments later, they saw DePape — wearing shorts, running shoes and a sweatshirt — and Paul ‘jointly gripping a hammer.’
When a police officer asked what was happening, it is alleged, DePape replied that ‘everything is good,’ even as he continued to encircle Pelosi.
An officer then yelled at him to ‘drop the hammer,’ to which he allegedly replied: ‘Umm nope.’
That is when, the indictment says, DePape pulled the hammer over his head, grabbed Pelosi and swung it ‘abruptly and forcefully’ at the victim.
In total, the indictment says, the entire attack lasted just 15 seconds.
Police then rushed into the home, according to the indictment, and found Pelosi and DePape on the ground, with DePape’s legs covering the 82-year-old.
Officers were then able to restrain DePape, the indictment says, and called for medical assistance ‘as a pool of blood swelled around Mr. Pelosi’s head.’
In a subsequent search, San Francisco police officers found a broken glass door — indicating how DePape allegedly broke into the home — as well as a roll of tape, white rope, a hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves and a journal.
Police responded to the Pelosi residence in San Francisco just before 2.30am on October 28
A glass door was shattered after DePape allegedly made his way into the house
Following the attack, Pelosi is said to have told police officers how DePape woke him up that night demanding to know where Nancy was.
He told officers he tried to explain to his attacker that she would not be home for a few days, but he said he would ‘wait.’
And in an interview with the FBI, DePape is said to have admitted to breaking into the mansion with a hammer, finding Pelosi in his bed and waking him up.
DePape reportedly also said he had zip ties in his bag he was going to use to restrain Pelosi so he could take a nap — because he was tired from carrying his backpack of supplies into the home.
When asked about the assault, DePape also reportedly told police that Pelosi would ‘take the punishment’ if he tried to ‘stop him,’ telling the elderly man he did not ‘come here to surrender.’
He added that he did not leave even after Pelosi called 911 because, much like the American Founding Fathers, he was ‘fighting tyranny’ without the option of surrender.
DePape then reportedly went on to tell police how he had a hit list, which included the House Speaker.
He said he had planned to hold the Speaker hostage and talk to her.
If she told him ‘the truth,’ he said he would let her go, but if she ‘lied,’ he would ‘break her kneecaps’ so that she would have to be wheeled into Congress — thereby showing other members that there are consequences to their actions.
DePape purportedly said he views Pelosi as the ‘leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democrat Party, but said there was another person — only identified as Target 1 in the indictment — that was further up on his list.
He said he had a plan to use the House Speaker to lure the other target to him.
Police later seized two hammers, a sword and a pair of rubber and cloth gloves from the garage he was staying in in Richmond, California.
They also found that he researched the Pelosi home just two days before — and also researched an address associated with Target 1 as well as another individual on his list.
DePape reportedly told investigators how he had a hit list, which included the House Speaker
He had apparently researched the Pelosi home just two days before the attack