The man accused of breaking into Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco mansion and attacking her husband with a hammer has been formally charged for the attack.
A federal grand jury indicted David DePape, 42, on Wednesday on charges of assault and attempted kidnapping in connection with the break in at the Pelosi residence on October 28.
Speculation has recently mounted about the attack as many questions went unanswered. But the new indictment provides fresh information about the fateful night and DePape’s apparent motivations.
He was said to have woken Paul Pelosi up early that morning and allegedly told police how he wanted to restrain the man so he could take a nap while he waited for the House Speaker to return home.
But just moments after cops arrived on the scene, the indictment says, DePape struck the 82-year-old in the head with a hammer swinging it at ‘full force.’
The entire incident was recorded on police body camera footage, according to the indictment. But has not been released to the public as yet.
DePape was arrested that night and is being held without bail at the San Francisco County Jail.
Authorities say that following his arrest, they found a roll of tape, white rope, a hammer, and a pair of rubber and cloth gloves at the scene.
They also discovered he had researched Pelosi’s $ 8 million four-bedroom home just two days before the alleged attack.
He reportedly also told FBI investigators afterward that he would ‘kneecap’ the House Speaker in an effort to show Congressmembers that there are consequences to their actions as he sought to lure another unidentified politician to him.
The Canadian citizen is now facing up to 50 years in prison.
According to the indictment, filed in the US District Court in the Northern District of California on Wednesday, San Francisco police received a call from Paul Pelosi at around 2.23am on October 28.
He then told officers how a man broke into his home looking for his wife, the House Speaker, saying he would wait for her to return to the San Francisco mansion.
During the two-minute phone call, the indictment says, Pelosi made clear he did not know the man, even as DePape could be heard in the background saying his name is ‘David’ and he is a ‘friend.’
Towards the end of the call — after a dispatcher agreed to stay on the line with Paul — he told police that the man wanted him to ‘get the hell off the phone.’
By the time police arrived on the scene moments later, they saw DePape — wearing shorts, running shoes and a sweatshirt — and Paul ‘jointly gripping a hammer.’
When a police officer asked what was happening, it is alleged, DePape replied that ‘everything is good,’ even as he continued to encircle Pelosi.
An officer then yelled at him to ‘drop the hammer,’ to which he allegedly replied: ‘Umm nope.’
That is when, the indictment says, DePape pulled the hammer over his head, grabbed Pelosi and swung it ‘abruptly and forcefully’ at the victim.
In total, the indictment says, the entire attack lasted just 15 seconds.
Police then rushed into the home, according to the indictment, and found Pelosi and DePape on the ground, with DePape’s legs covering the 82-year-old.
Officers were then able to restrain DePape, the indictment says, and called for medical assistance ‘as a pool of blood swelled around Mr. Pelosi’s head.’
In a subsequent search, San Francisco police officers found a broken glass door — indicating how DePape allegedly broke into the home — as well as a roll of tape, white rope, a hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves and a journal.