Suspect David DePape charged with federal counts of assault and attempted kidnapping

The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul was formally charged Monday with federal counts of assault on the instant member of the family of a federal official and attempted kidnapping of a federal official.

Those are the federal expenses in opposition to David Wayne DePape, who’s scheduled to be organized in courtroom in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon. 

The 42-year-old suspect was booked Friday on expenses of attempted murder, assault with a lethal weapon, housebreaking, elder abuse and a number of different felony offenses.

According to sources briefed on the assault, the suspect who broke into the couple’s San Francisco residence early Friday morning shouted at Paul Pelosi, “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy,” earlier than assaulting him.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and husband Paul Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured with her husband, Paul Pelosi, on Capitol Hill on January 3, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

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Upon responding to the Pelosi home, “San Francisco Police Department recovered zip ties in Pelosi’s bedroom and in the hallway near the front door of the Pelosi residence,” the federal legal grievance says. “In addition, law enforcement searched DEPAPE’s backpack at the Pelosi residence, and they found, among other things, a roll of tape, white rope, one hammer, one pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and a journal.” 

“Pelosi stated he had never seen DEPAPE before,” the federal legal grievance additionally says. “Pelosi was asleep when DEPAPE came into Pelosi’s bedroom and stated he wanted to talk to ‘Nancy.'”

According to courtroom paperwork, DePape advised San Francisco police after his arrest that, “If Nancy [Pelosi] were to tell DEPAPE the ‘truth,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he was going to break ‘her kneecaps'” in order that she must be wheeled into Congress. 

The suspect’s motives stay unclear. But DePape had a listing of individuals he wished to focus on, legislation enforcement sources briefed on the investigation have advised CBS News. The sources mentioned he might have been planning to assault extra individuals, had he not been arrested after assaulting Pelosi. 

Last week, Paul Pelosi underwent what the speaker’s office described as a “successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands.” The speaker’s office has not given extra formal updates on Mr. Pelosi this week. 

The speaker altered her schedule over the weekend, days forward of the important midterm elections, in mild of the assault on her husband. 

— Rob Legare, Jeff Pegues and Gina Martinez contributed to this report

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