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Federal grand jury press charges against suspect in connection with Paul Pelosi attack

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David DePape

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a man on charges of assault and attempted kidnapping in connection with the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband last month. The man was already in custody at the time.

The accusations brought against David DePape in connection with the break-in at the Pelosis family’s San Francisco home on October 28 are identical to but more serious than those in an earlier federal complaint that was submitted on October 31.

According to the six-page indictment, when police arrived in response to Paul Pelosi’s 911 call, they discovered Paul Pelosi and DePape fighting over a hammer. The indictment said that DePape muttered “ummm nah” before swinging the hammer obnoxiously at Paul Pelosi after being ordered by an officer to do so.

According to the indictment, the altercation lasted for roughly 15 seconds and left Pelosi and DePape on the ground with blood pooling around Paul Pelosi’s head.

DePape, 42, was detained inside the Pelosi home. Richmond is a suburb of San Francisco. In his 911 call, Paul Pelosi described how a stranger who had just entered his bedroom in search of Nancy Pelosi had disturbed him while he was sleeping.

A glass door leading to the back porch had been shattered, the police discovered later. A roll of tape, a white rope, a second hammer, a set of cloth and rubber gloves, and zip ties were all found.

Days before the fiercely contested midterm elections—the first national election since the Capitol rebellion on January 6, 2021—the assault rocked the political establishment. Authorities have issued warnings about the escalating extremism in the United States, and threats against lawmakers and election officials are at all-time highs.

Adam Lipson, DePape’s public lawyer, did not immediately return calls or emails. In connection with similar state charges brought against DePape, a fringe activist inclined to conspiracy theories, he entered a not-guilty plea last week. In addition to being placed on a federal hold in the case, a San Francisco court ordered DePape held without bail on the state charges of attempted murder, burglary, and elder abuse.

He was charged with federal offenses such as assaulting a member of a U.S. official’s close family with the intention of retaliating against the official for performing official duties. According to a second complaint, he allegedly tried to kidnap a U.S. official while they were carrying out their official duties.

The maximum term for the first charge is 30 years in federal prison, while the maximum sentence for the second charge is 20 years.

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