Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was struck with a hammer inside his San Francisco home on Friday. He required surgery to repair a skull fracture.
According to law enforcement officials, the invader yelled “Where is Nancy?” and intended to hold Paul Pelosi until she arrived home, according to CBS News.
Police refused to speculate on a reason but claimed that this was a targeted, “not a random act,” and “wrong.”
According to authorities, Paul Pelosi was able to phone 911 on an open line at around 2 a.m. on Friday since the assailant was inside the home. According to federal authorities, the dispatcher heard what appeared to be a threat in the background and immediately alerted law police.
The dispatcher’s actions “in my opinion resulted in both a higher priority dispatch and a faster police response,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said on Friday. “I think this was life-saving.”
When police arrived on the scene, they saw signs of forced entry, including broken glass.
“Our officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect both holding a hammer,” said Scott. “The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it.”
Police caught the culprit, 42-year-old David Wayne DePape, right away. According to the authorities, he will face charges for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and a number of other offences.
According to an examination of DePape’s alleged social media posts by CBS News, he propagated rumors about Democratic leaders running child sex rings, the Holocaust being denied, and pedophiles in the government.
According to Nancy’s office, Nancy Pelosi, who was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the attack, hurried to the San Francisco hospital where Paul “underwent successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” He is anticipated to fully recover.
However, the break-in raises questions about the security of Congressmen and their families. Security for Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress is handled by Capitol Police. According to police enforcement, it is not regular procedure for them to provide round-the-clock protection for MPs’ families, nor do they have the resources to do so.
President Biden condemned the attack while campaigning Friday night in Philadelphia: “Every good person of good conscience needs to clearly and unambiguously stand up against the violence.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote he was “horrified and disgusted” by reports of the incident. And Texas Republican Ted Cruz, a longtime critic of Pelosi, tweeted: “We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable.”
However, the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, two days before the midterm elections, released a new bulletin warning of a “heightened threat” toward “candidates running for public office, elected officials” and “election workers.” According to the report, some extremists who engage in violent acts may be driven by “differing perceptions of issues like government overreach, firearms regulation, and immigration policy”—concerns that have dominated the conversation in the lead-up to the midterm elections.