Pelosi assault suspect David DePape pleads not responsible


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The person accused of breaking into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco dwelling and beating her husband with a hammer pleaded not responsible Tuesday afternoon.

David DePape, 42 of Richmond, Calif., appeared within the San Francisco Corridor of Justice to enter his plea. He wore an orange jail-issued inmate jumpsuit. DePape’s proper arm was in a sling as a result of his arm was dislocated when officers tackled and arrested him inside Pelosi’s home on October 28.

A choose ordered DePape to stay behind bars with no bail.

District Lawyer Brooke Jenkins charged DePape with six felony counts for the assault towards Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi. Prosecutors stated DePape’s supposed goal was Nancy Pelosi, who was not dwelling.

DePape is charged with premeditated tried homicide, housebreaking, inflicting harm on an elder prone to trigger nice bodily harm, assault with a lethal weapon, false imprisonment, and threatening a member of the family of a public official.

Reporters collect exterior the courtroom on Nov. 1, 2022 for the arraignment. (Picture by KRON4/ Dan Kerman)

Jenkins held a information convention with reporters instantly following the arraignment. She stated, “This case is susceptible to misinformation. We’re seeing it unfold throughout all platforms at this level. We have to guarantee that the report is evident. That is anyone who deliberate this, sought to hurt the speaker of the Home. He couldn’t find her after which focused her husband. I think about him to be harmful … somebody who was prepared to enact violence that was politically motivated. That is why we filed a movement to detain him with out bail.”

“We’re at a degree in the US the place political rhetoric has change into too inflammatory. We won’t be that sort of America. We have to pull it again,” Jenkins stated.

In keeping with an affidavit written by FBI Particular Agent Stephanie Minor, DePape broke into the home with the intent of kidnapping Nancy Pelosi. “DePape had zip ties, tape, rope, and a minimum of one hammer with him,” Minor wrote.

David DePape
David DePape data Gypsy Taub being led away by police after her nude marriage ceremony exterior Metropolis Corridor on Dec. 19, 2013, in San Francisco. DePape was recognized in Berkeley, Calif., as a pro-nudity activist who had picketed bare at protests towards native ordinances requiring folks to be clothed in public. (AP Picture / Eric Risberg / File)

Paul Pelosi didn’t know DePape, in response to the affidavit. The 2 males have been struggling to achieve management of DePape’s hammer when San Francisco Police Division officers arrived. The house intruder swung the hammer, putting Paul Pelosi within the head and leaving him unconscious on the bottom, Minor said.


The affidavit gave the next timeline for the morning of October 28:

  • “At 2:23 a.m., San Francisco Dispatch acquired a 911 name from Paul Pelosi. Pelosi said phrases to the impact of there’s a male within the dwelling and that the male goes to attend for Pelosi’s spouse. Pelosi additional conveyed that he doesn’t know who the male is. The male stated his title is David.”
  • “At 2:31 a.m., San Francisco Police Division Officer Colby Wilmes responded to the Pelosi residence. When the door was opened, Pelosi and DePape have been each holding a hammer with one hand and DePape had his different hand holding onto Pelosi’s forearm. The officers requested them what was happening. DePape responded that every little thing was good. Officers then requested Pelosi and DePape to drop the hammer. DePape pulled the hammer from Pelosi’s hand and swung the hammer, putting Pelosi within the head. Officers instantly went inside and have been capable of restrain DePape. Whereas officers have been restraining DePape, Pelosi gave the impression to be unconscious on the bottom.”

Paul Pelosi’s statements to police

Paul Pelosi was interviewed by police throughout his ambulance journey to San Francisco Common Hospital. He advised police that he had by no means seen DePape earlier than. Paul Pelosi stated he was sleeping when DePape entered his bed room and stated he wished to speak to “Nancy,” the affidavit states. “When Pelosi advised him that Nancy was not there, DePape said that he would sit and wait. Pelosi said that his spouse wouldn’t be dwelling for a number of days after which DePape reiterated that he would wait,” the affidavit states.

Paul Pelosi was capable of make a 911 name inside a rest room. When law enforcement officials arrived on the home, DePape started putting him with a hammer, Paul Pelosi advised police.

David DePape
David DePape is proven in Berkeley, Calif., on Dec. 13, 2013. (Michael Brief /San Francisco Chronicle by way of AP /File)

David DePape’s statements to police

Police learn DePape his Miranda rights on October 28 and he agreed to talk with SFPD officers.

He advised police that he was going to “maintain Nancy hostage and discuss to her. If Nancy have been to inform DePape the ‘fact,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied’ he was going to interrupt her kneecaps,'” the affidavit states. DePape was sure that Nancy Pelosi was going to misinform him, he allegedly advised police.

DePape allegedly advised police that he considered Nancy Pelosi because the Democratic Get together’s “chief of the pack” for telling “lies.” He advised police that he wished to interrupt the Speaker’s kneecaps in order that she must be wheeled in a wheelchair throughout her subsequent look in Congress, the prison grievance states. That will present different Congress members that there have been “penalties to actions,” DePape allegedly stated.


“DePape defined that he didn’t depart after Pelosi’s name to 911 as a result of, very similar to the American founding fathers with the British, he was preventing towards tyranny with out the choice of give up,” the affidavit states.

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