Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul, was severely beaten with a hammer after an early Friday break-in at the couple's San Francisco home, the Associated Press reported, adding that the suspect shouted, "Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?" before the attack.
What are the details?
Paul Pelosi, 82, suffered blunt-force trauma to his head and body, the AP said, citing two people with knowledge of the investigation into who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Doctors were treating Pelosi for bruising, severe swelling, and other injuries, the outlet said, adding that Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, said he was expected to make a full recovery.
The suspect is in the custody of San Francisco police, the AP said. Capitol Police, who protect congressional leaders, said Nancy Pelosi was with her protective detail in Washington at the time of the attack, the outlet added.
The suspect was identified as David Depape, two people familiar with the matter told the AP.
Hammill said the motivation for the attack is under investigation, the AP reported. Capitol Police said the FBI and San Francisco police were also investigating, the outlet noted.
The attack comes 11 days ahead of November's midterm elections, the AP said, adding that crime and public safety are top concerns for Americans.
Update: KPIX's Jocelyn Moran with the latest on home invasion assault of Paul Pelosiyoutu.be
Leftists have previously targeted the Pelosi home
In May, pro-abortion activists demonstrated outside the Pelosi home and blamed the House speaker for the then-expected overturn of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
"We're here because Nancy Pelosi and the whole leadership of the Democratic party has been complicit, complicit with the fascist Republican party that wants to not only only eliminate abortion rights, but gay marriage, trans rights, and a whole slew, a whole slew of rights!" one protest leader bellowed on her bullhorn.
On July 31, 2021, progressive activists — furious that Pelosi was unable to extend a nationwide eviction moratorium before the long congressional recess — protested at the home and served an "eviction notice" to the House speaker.
"The reason that we're at her house is that she has a beautiful mansion in Pacific Heights in San Francisco, and it shows how out of touch she is with the people that are facing a situation [of eviction]," Christin Evans, one of the activists outside the home, told Fox News. "We wanted to essentially send her a message that we want her to reconvene Congress to take a vote [to extend] the eviction moratorium."
In addition, the Pelosi residence was vandalized on New Year's Day 2021 with leftist messages demanding universal basic income and rent cancellation. The San Francisco home also was splattered with fake blood, and a severed pig's head was placed on the driveway. The white garage door was spray-painted with graffiti that read "Cancel Rent!," "UBI!," and "We Want Everything!"
Paul Pelosi's drunk driving arrest
Paul Pelosi was arrested for drunk driving and charged with DUI after his vehicle collided with another in Napa wine country in May; Pelosi reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
Following the crash, authorities booked Pelosi into the Napa County Detention Center on misdemeanor charges; he was released the next morning on $5,000 bail. Pelosi on Aug. 3 pleaded not guilty — then on Aug. 23 pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five days in jail.
However, a judge subtracted four days from the sentence — two of which Pelosi had already spent in jail and two days of good conduct; the judge then ordered Pelosi to participate in an eight-hour work program in lieu of one more day in jail, Fox News Digital reported.
Paul Pelosi's eyebrow-raising stock purchase
Paul Pelosi in June purchased millions of dollars of stock in a semiconductor company weeks before an expected Senate vote on a bill to subsidize computer chip manufacturing and semiconductor companies with billions.
Days later, when a reporter asked Nancy Pelosi if her husband ever made a stock transaction based on information she provided him, the House speaker said no and then abruptly left her weekly news conference.