Man accused of breaking into the home of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco and assaulting her husband with a hammer has been charged, but questions remain about what happened next. night actually happened.
David DePape, 42, was charged with attempted murder after beating Paul Pelosi, 82, with a hammer after breaking into their home “Where’s Nancy” – the same phrase used on Jan. 6 by Capitol rioters.
A week has passed since the hammer attack and Pelosi is at home recovering from injuries to his skull and major surgery, but many questions remain unanswered.
1. Was a third person involved?
Law enforcement officers confirmed that Paul Pelosi and the suspect, DePape, were the only two people in the Pelosi residence when police responded.
Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was injured in the hammer attack
The confusion stemmed from media reports following an October 28 press conference when the San Francisco Police Department (SFPDChief Bill Scott said when officers knocked on the front door of the Pelosi residence, “the door was opened by someone inside,” and officers saw Pelosi and DePape “in the entrance of the house.”
There was also confusion over the wording in the court documents referring to “another man” when Pelosi was on the phone with 911.
Social media users were quick to post that an unknown third person was at the scene of the incident. But law enforcement officers told Reuters that Pelosi and DePape were the only two people in the Pelosi residence at the time.
2. How did DePape get in?
According to the court, DePape slammed his shoulder through a glass window at the back of the Pacific Heights house in Pelosis early Friday and confronted a sleeping Paul, wearing only boxer shorts and a pajama top.
While on the scene, DePape looked at the glass door and told investigators that he had broken into the house there. Officers later found his bag near the damaged glass doors. Inside there was another hammer, a laptop, and more bags of zip ties.
However, some have raised questions about glass outside the back door – which some say looks like it was smashed in from the inside.
According to the court, DePape slammed his shoulder through a glass window in the back of Pelosis’ Pacific Heights home early Friday, wearing only boxers and a pajama top.
On a segment of BlazeTV podcast “What We Know So Far,” Glenn Beck wondered if the back door was broken:
“It seems to be broken from the inside,” he commented. “I mean, I’ve seen enough Colombo, excuse me sir one more thing if the glass is on the inside of the door and not on the outside of the door, but we don’t know what kind of glass it was. . . we have no idea.’
Another question is how DePape enters the house with his wife third in line for the presidency.
San Francisco police often placed a patrol car near Pelosi’s home, especially after the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, but there was no police car near the house during the attack.
Speaker Pelosi was in Washington at the time and under the protection of her security detail, which does not extend to family members. She soon returned to San Francisco, where her husband was hospitalized and underwent surgery for a skull fracture and other injuries.
3. What exactly happened when the police arrived?
San Francisco police officers Kolby Wilmes and Kyle Cagney were sent to the residence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi at around 2:27 a.m. on Friday, Oct. Well-being control ‘A-priority’.
When they called the doorbell, DePape reportedly told Pelosi not to open the door, but Pelosi did it with his left hand anyway.
Pelosi and DePape stood in the dimly lit foyer and looked at the officers as Pelosi greeted them calmly, according to the police report
When one of the officers asked the men what was going on, DePape replied “all is well” and pulled his hands to his body.
When an officer turned on his flashlight, DePape could be seen clutching the bottom handle of the hammer with one hand and Pelosi’s right arm with the other. Pelosi’s right hand was also on the hammer’s handle.
When an officer ordered the men to “drop the hammer,” DePape raised the hammer and said, “um, no” as he tried to pull it away from Pelosi, who said “hey, hey!” exclaimed.
DePape then gained control and hit Pelosi’s head, knocking Pelosi unconscious. Officers immediately grabbed DePape and arrested him.
4. How could he have attacked when the police were already there?
The two responding officers witnessed DePape hit Pelosi with the hammer at least once, hitting him on the head, the court said. The attack was also captured on the officers’ body cameras.
David DePape, 42, was charged with attempted murder after beating Pelosi with a hammer after breaking into their home and shouting ‘Where’s Nancy’
5. What exactly is DePape’s politics?
While reports indicate that DePape was an unhinged, far-right conspiracy theorist, neighbors noted that his politics were much muddier.
They said he had Black Live Matter flags and an LGBT rainbow flag outside his house, but also said any liberal leanings seemed superficial and performative.
His social media showed him posting conspiracy theories about the origins of the covid epidemic, the validity of the 2020 election, and the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill.
Many of DePape’s social media posts were filled with rants against Jewish people, black people, Democrats, the media and transgender people, in categories like “Trannies,” “Da Jewbs” and “Great Reset.”
In late August, DePape appeared engrossed in Twitter’s decision to ban Jordan Peterson for his posts about transgender people, after the Canadian psychologist compared being transgender to “satanic ritual abuse.”
More recently, amid a response to rapper Kanye West’s tweet declaring war on the Jewish people, DePape posted, “We are ALL of the Jews” slave race.
In the past month alone, DePape had published hundreds of blog posts promoting far-right conspiracy theories before he allegedly broke into Pelosi’s home, the Boston Globe reports.
DePape was also active on 4chan, posting memes and debating his beliefs with other anonymous users.