The man accused ofPaul Pelosi, husband of home president Nancy Pelosi, at the couple’s San Francisco home last month was charged by a federal jury with assault and attempted kidnapping, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The man also faces state allegations for alleged burglary and assault.
A grand jury charged 42-year-old David DePape, with one federal charge of assaulting a member of the immediate family of a U.S. official with intent to take revenge on the official for discharging his official duties and attempting to kidnap a U.S. official on an official day, the Department of Justice reported in the press release.
Federal prosecutors initially filed the same two charges against DePape days after the att*ck. However, the indictment before the grand jury replaces them now.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office previously accused DePape of attempted m*rder, burglary into an apartment, assault with lethal weapons, mistreatment of the elderly, false imprisonment of an elder, and threats against a public official and his family. DePape hasto these charges.
In the early morning hours of October 28DePape broke into Pelosi’s house, entered the couple’s bedroom, woke Paul Pelosi, and told him he was looking for a speaker House, who was in Washington at the time.
Officers who answered the 911 call from Paul Pelosi were witnesses to the suspectSan Francisco police said. DePape was arrested on the spot.
82-year-old Paul Pelosi underwent skull fracture surgery and other injuries as welland recovery.
According Wednesday’s federal indictmentPolice recovered the zippers at Pelosi’s house, which DePape admitted in an interview with detectives that he planned to use to bind Paul Pelosi.
Investigators also found a backpack allegedly belonging to DePape on the back porch of Pelosi’s house, near the break-in site, which contained a second hammer, a roll of tape, and cloth and rubber gloves, the indictment says.
A CBS News review of suspicious social media posts by DePape showed he was spreading unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about Holocaust denial to p*dophiles in the government and claims that democratic officials run childhood s*x circles.
On the night of the att*ck on Paul Pelosi, DePapewanted to target, law enforcement sources informed of the investigation told CBS News.
If convicted on federal charges, DePape faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years for assault and 20 years for attempted kidnapping.
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