House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was attacked with a hammer by an intruder who broke into the Pelosi’s San Francisco home Friday morning and yelled at Paul Pelosi, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy “, before attacking him, according to an informed source. about the assault
Later Friday, Paul Pelosi “underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and severe injuries to his right arm and hands” from the attack, according to the speaker’s office. The speaker’s office added that Paul Pelosi’s doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
David Wayne Depape, a 42-year-old man from nearby Berkeley, had planned to tie up the speaker’s husband and wait for her to return home, a police source confirmed. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the attack, her spokesman Drew Hamill said.
Depape was arrested at the scene by officers from the San Francisco Police Department, who arrived at the scene at 2:27 a.m. Depape will be charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, robbery and several additional felonies, according to the department. said
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told reporters Friday that responding officers witnessed the suspect attack Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
“When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered an adult male and Mr. Pelosi’s husband, Paul,” Scott said. “Our officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect holding a hammer. The suspect took the hammer from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it. Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, the they arrested, requested an emergency reserve. and provided medical assistance.”
The Associated Press, citing two people with knowledge of the investigation, reported that Pelosi “suffered blunt force injuries in the attack.”
The San Francisco police chief said the suspect was also sent to the hospital.
The US Capitol Police are assisting the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department with a joint investigation.
The U.S. Capitol Police said special agents with their California field office also quickly arrived at the scene and a team of investigators was dispatched from the East Coast to assist the FBI and local police with a joint investigation.
A senior congressional source familiar with the matter told CBS News that US Capitol Police are considering additional protection for the families of congressional leadership in response to the attack on Paul Pelosi. Congressional leaders travel with several officers from the Capitol Police’s dignitary protection department, but their spouses and children do not, so there was no protection when the gunman broke into Pelosi’s residence Friday morning.
The attack on Paul Pelosi came less than two weeks before the midterm elections, and concerns about the possibility of violence from domestic extremists have been raised by US, state and local officials.
On the same day of the attack on Paul Pelosi, the US Govt warned of an “increased threat” in the midterm contests, fueled by a rise in domestic violent extremism (DVE) and driven by ideological grievances and access to potential targets, according to a joint intelligence bulletin obtained by CBS News.
“Potential targets of DVE violence include candidates for public office, elected officials, election workers, political demonstrations, representatives of political parties, racial and religious minorities, or perceived ideological opponents,” the bulletin, published Friday, states.
The Pelosi’s have been married since 1963 and have five children.
The top Democrat in the House will no longer attend an annual dinner Saturday for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC, the organization confirmed. She was supposed to be a featured speaker.
Lawmakers from both parties shared theirs answers to the attack on social networks.
“I wish Mr. Pelosi well and pray for a speedy recovery. Everyone deserves 2b respect and violence is never ok,” Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted. And Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who represents San Mateo, about 20 miles from San Francisco, said in a tweet“Thank God @SpeakerPelosiPaul’s husband is safe after being attacked in his home by an assailant. Although the reason is still unknown, we know where this type of violence is sanctioned and modeled.”
A spokesman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said McCarthy “reached out to the speaker to check on Paul and said he’s praying for a full recovery and is thankful they caught the “aggressor”.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that he had spoken with Pelosi and called the assault on her husband “a brazen act.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was “horrified and disgusted” by reports of the assault and “grateful to know that Paul is on the road to a full recovery and that law enforcement , including our stellar Capitol Police, are on the case.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Biden is “praying for Paul Pelosi and the entire family of President Pelosi.”
“He called Speaker Pelosi this morning to express his support after this horrific attack,” Jean-Pierre said. “He is also very pleased that a full recovery is expected. The president continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected.”
— Michael Kaplan, Pat Milton, Nicole Sganga and Jeff Pegues contributed to this report.
This is a developing story.
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