Nancy Pelosi Speaks Out on Her Husband's Assault

Meanwhile, sources say alleged attacker had zip ties with him
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2022 12:58 AM CDT
Updated Oct 31, 2022 6:56 AM CDT
Alleged Pelosi Attacker Had Zip Ties With Him: Sources
David DePape is shown in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.   (Michael Short/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

The man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi had duct tape and a bag of zip ties with him, according to multiple sources who spoke to CNN. Sources also tell the network that suspect David DePape, 42, was the one who purchased the hammer with which Pelosi was assaulted. According to NBC News, DePape found Pelosi in his bedroom while Pelosi was asleep and started shouting "Where is Nancy," a reference to Pelosi's wife, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; sources say DePape tried to tie Pelosi up during the confrontation. Pelosi was able to call 911 at the beginning of the incident and then remain on the line "surreptitiously," managing to let the dispatcher know he needed help. When police arrived, they say they found DePape assaulting Pelosi with the hammer.

Nancy Pelosi responded to the attack in a letter to Congress on Saturday, Fox News reports. "Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul. Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop," she writes. "We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving." He is expected to make a full recovery. DePape has been charged with attempted homicide, among other things. (Elon Musk was among those spreading conspiracy theories about the attack.)

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