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More Echoes Of Jan. 6: Suspect In Paul Pelosi Hammer Attack Had Bag With Zip Ties

The suspect within the assault on the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was carrying duct tape and a bag with a number of zip ties, law enforcement sources have revealed.

The hard-plastic zip ties, used as hand or ankle cuffs to restrain individuals, point out the seriousness of the deliberate assault on Paul Pelosi after the pre-dawn break-in on the couple’s San Francisco house final Friday.

They are additionally chillingly paying homage to final year’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, lots of whom had zip ties, presumably to restrain lawmakers who wouldn’t arbitrarily change electoral votes to defeated candidate Trump. The FBI suspected some rioters could have deliberate to make use of the zip ties to take hostages that day.

The zip ties have been noticed on movie and in images of many Capitol rioters captured on surveillance cameras.

Some observers view the assault on Pelosi as a continuation of the Jan. 6 riot.

Suspect David DePape — a QAnon conspiracy theorist and defender of Trump — additionally insistently demanded of Paul Pelosi in the course of the assault: “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?” His phrases recalled the identical phrases of a rioter as he looked for the speaker contained in the Capitol in the course of the rebellion.

President Joe Biden highlighted that similarity in an impassioned speech in opposition to political violence at a Philadelphia fundraiser final Friday. He stated the “same chant” — the place is Nancy? — that “was used on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. This is despicable,” he added. “There’s too much violence, political violence, too much hatred, too much vitriol.”

National safety analyst Juliette Kayyem instructed Jim Acosta on CNN Sunday that DePape’s zip ties have been “reminiscent” of the Capitol assault and that the suspect “mimicked” the violence. He was in search of Nancy Pelosi, apparently to trigger “grave bodily harm if not death,” she added.

She suspects DePape was “radicalized” by the Jan. 6 violence that continues to be supported and even hailed by Trump. The former president vowed simply final month to think about “full pardons” for Jan. 6 rioters if he’s elected to the White House once more.

“When you hold up domestic terrorists like those that participated in Jan. 6 as heroes … you are sending the message loud and clear that violence is what you want — that trial by combat is what you want,” former Republican official Kurt Bardella warned Friday on MSNBC’s “The Beat.”

DePape will likely be charged Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, stated an announcement from the office of San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. He’s anticipated to be charged with a sequence of felonies, together with tried homicide, assault with a lethal weapon, housebreaking and elder abuse.

DePape is presently being held in an area hospital, although officers haven’t defined why, KRON-4 TV reported. He’s within the custody of the San Francisco Police Department and is being held with out bail.

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