Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker, attacked in his home


FBI agents outside of the Pelosi’s San Francisco home following the attack

Emma Minnick, Editor-in-Chief

On October 28 at 2:30 a.m., police officers were called to the San Francisco home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband, Paul. Upon entering the house, authorities saw Paul Pelosi, 82, grappling with a male assailant over a hammer. The assailant overcame Pelosi and reportedly “violently assaulted” the man in front of the officers. Police managed to disarm the man, and both Pelosi and the assailant were sent to the hospital for medical treatment.

Mr. Pelosi survived the incident but suffered a skull fracture and injuries to his hands and arms, which were treated in surgery the same day. He is expected to make a full recovery. Mr. Pelosi is the one who called authorities after he heard a disturbance from the back door of his home.

Authorities believe the assailant was David DePape, 42. He is currently being charged with residential burglary, elder abuse, attempted murder, false imprisonment of an elder, assault with a deadly weapon, and threatening the family member of a public official.

Mr. DePape’s motive was to “interrogate” Nancy Pelosi about an unspecified political matter and would cause her bodily harm if she was untruthful. According to authorities, DePape had an extensive online presence where he often posted conspiracy theories and extremist views.

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that her husband is “making steady progress on what will be a long recovery process.”