Paul Pelosi released from hospital after hammer attack

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was released from the hospital Thursday, six days after he was severely beaten by an intruder at the couple’s San Francisco home.

In a statement, spokeswoman Pelosi said her husband “remains under medical care as he continues a long process of recovery and convalescence.”

Paul Pelosi is recovering from what officials say was a successful operation at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital “to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands.”

Pelosi was attacked when an intruder broke into the couple’s Pacific Heights home around 2 a.m. last Friday.

Federal prosecutors said David DePape entered the Pelosis’ home by smashing a rear glass door with a hammer and then went to the second floor. There he found Paul Pelosi, 82, asleep, reportedly shouting, “Where’s Nancy?” repeatedly.

Paul Pelosi was alone at the time of the burglary; The spokeswoman was in Washington with her protection command.

Realizing the potential danger, Paul Pelosi managed to make a quick, covert call to 911 and left the line open, authorities said. A 911 dispatcher realized something was seriously wrong and immediately dispatched police to the address. Officers were told there was a man named David in the home, whom Pelosi did not know.

DePape was charged with attempted murder, home invasion, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, and threatening an officer and his family. He faces 13 years to life in prison if convicted on all local charges. He is also charged with assault and kidnapping.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed Thursday that DePape is also in the United States illegally and could be deported to Canada.

DePape was raised in British Columbia and moved to California more than 20 years ago, federal authorities said. He re-entered the United States in March 2008 as a temporary visitor at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, according to papers pulled by ICE. Canadians arriving as temporary visitors generally do not require a visa, officials said.

The US generally allows Canadians to remain six months under the status DePape previously entered with. On Tuesday, ICE officials issued an immigration detainee against DePape at the San Francisco County Jail, where he is currently being held without bail. Under the detainee, San Francisco law enforcement must notify ICE before he is released so federal authorities can take him into custody.

ICE uses arrest warrants against individuals who will be prosecuted when the agency has reasonable grounds to believe they can be deported.

Federal prosecutors allege that DePape was hoping to find Nancy Pelosi and intended to kidnap her and fracture her kneecaps, calling her the “leader of the pack” of lies propagated by the Democratic Party.

He also had other targets in mind — including a Bay Area professor and prominent state and federal politicians and their families — when he broke into the Pelosis’ home, prosecutors said.

The attacked raised questions about the security measures in place to protect the speaker. U.S. Capitol Police said Wednesday that surveillance cameras for the Pelosi’s Pacific Heights residence were not monitored on the night of the violent home invasion.

Capitol Police said in a statement that cameras “are being used to actively monitor the spokeswoman’s San Francisco residence 24/7 when she is there,” but acknowledged this when she was with her security detail in Washington, DC , is — as she was during Friday’s break — the “cameras were not actively monitored.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-03/paul-pelosi-released-from-hospital-after-hammer-attack Paul Pelosi released from hospital after hammer attack

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