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Paul Pelosi attack: Suspect in attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband had list of targets, law enforcement sources say

The suspect in the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi had a list of folks he wished to focus on, law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation confirmed to CBS News. 

David Wayne DePape, the person accused of beating Paul Pelosi with a hammer inside his San Francisco dwelling on Friday, might have been planning to attack extra folks, the sources stated. 

They haven’t gone as far as to name the list a “hit list,” however authorities consider the suspect might have been planning to focus on others, the sources stated.

DePape is anticipated to be arraigned on Tuesday. Sources advised CBS News that prosecutors are taking their time submitting federal costs as a result of DePape is in custody and now not a risk. 

Pelosi Husband Assaulted
Police tape blocks a road exterior the house of Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco, Oct. 28, 2022. 

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The suspect on Friday allegedly broke into the couple’s dwelling round 2 a.m. on Friday, shouting “Where is Nancy?”The suspect deliberate to detain Paul Pelosi till the speaker acquired dwelling, law enforcement sources advised CBS News. Police haven’t specified a motive, however stated it was “not a random act.” Nancy Pelosi, who’s second in for the presidency, was in Washington D.C on the time of the attack, in keeping with Capitol police

While the alleged attacker was in the home, police stated Pelosi was in a position to dial 911, and police have been dispatched to the residence. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott stated Friday that officers noticed each Pelosi and the suspect holding a hammer, after which “the suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it.”

The suspect was instantly apprehended by police and might be charged with tried murder, assault with a lethal weapon, elder abuse, housebreaking and several other extra felonies, in keeping with authorities.

A CBS News assessment of suspected social media posts by DePape turned up conspiracy theories about Holocaust denial, pedophiles in the federal government, and claims that Democratic officers run youngster intercourse rings.

In a letter to fellow congressional members Saturday evening, the Speaker wrote that her husband’s “condition continues to improve.”

“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop,” she wrote. “We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving. Please know that the outpouring of prayers and warm wishes from so many in the Congress is a comfort to our family and is helping Paul make progress with his recovery.”

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