Federal agents gave bizarre new details about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul in the timeline they set out in charging documents for David DePape, alleging that the man intended to take a nap after tying up Nancy Pelosi’s husband.
DePape, the crazed man who allegedly broke into the Pelosi residence and attacked Paul with a hammer, was hit with federal charges for attempted kidnapping and assault on Monday.
The 42-year-old alleged attacker told San Francisco cops he broke into the Pelosi mansion through a glass door using a hammer he brought with him.
He went upstairs, finding Paul Pelosi asleep in his bedroom. DePape woke him up, saying that he had come for his wife. The speaker of the House was in Washington, D.C.
“Pelosi responded that she was not present. Pelosi asked how they could resolve the situation, and DePape wanted to do,” according to the doc. “DePape stated he wanted to tie Pelosi up so DePape could go to sleep, as he was tired from having had to carry a backpack to the Pelosi residence.”
DePape then said he remembered, “taking out twist ties from his pocket so that he could restrain Pelosi.”
The document said that “Pelosi moved towards another part of the house, but DePape stopped him and together they went back into the bedroom.”
The two men conversed and Pelosi went to the bathroom, where he was able to secretly call the police. DePape realized what was happening not long after, saying in his interview with police that he “felt like Pelosi’s actions compelled him to respond.
“DePape remembered thinking that there was no way the police were going to forget about the phone call,” the document said.
The alleged attacker later told police more than once that “he did not leave after Pelosi’s call to 911 because, much like the American founding fathers with the British, he was fighting against tyranny without the option of surrender.”
When police arrived and knocked on the door, Pelosi and DePape had already gone downstairs. Pelosi rushed to open the door.
“Pelosi grabbed onto DePape’s hammer, which was in DePape’s hand. At this point in the interview, DePape repeated that [he] did not plan to surrender and that he would go ‘through’ Pelosi.”
It was then he began beating Pelosi with the hammer, fracturing his skull in the process, police said. Pelosi has since had surgery on his skull. DePape later claimed that Pelosi was “taking the punishment instead” of his wife.
Police were witness to the attack, the documents reveal. “Pelosi and DePape were both holding a hammer with one hand and DePape had his other hand holding onto Pelosi’s forearm. Pelosi greeted the officers,” the documents outlined. “The officers asked them what was going on. DePape responded that everything was good. Officers then asked Pelosi and DePape to drop the hammer.”
“DePape pulled the hammer from Pelosi’s hand and swung it, striking Pelosi in the head,” the documents allege. “Officers immediately went inside and were able to restrain DePape … Pelosi appeared to be unconscious on the ground.”
DePape said he was targeting Pelosi for being the “’leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party” and he wanted to break her kneecaps to show that her actions had consequences, according to the documents.
Pelosi remains in the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. He underwent surgery on his skull and has been visited by family members and is expected to make a full recovery. DePape was also taken to hospital after the attack under police custody.
Nancy wrote to her colleagues in a letter Saturday how her family was traumatized by the incident.
“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to her congressional colleagues. “Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop.”
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