Details are beginning to emerge about what happened at the home of Speaker Nancy Pelosi early Friday morning when an intruder broke in and attacked her husband.
The San Francisco Police Department and other sources have offered basic details, but many questions remain unanswered.
How did the attack come about?
Authorities allege that David DePape, 42, broke into the Pelosis’ sprawling home in the trendy Pacific Heights neighborhood in the middle of the night. The exact time is unclear.
Videos from the scene showed damage to a large window at the back of the house.
Officers responded to reports of a break-in at the address around 2:27 a.m. A source said police were called by an 911 call but it was not clear who made it.
They found both Paul Pelosi and a man, later identified as DePape, fighting for control of a hammer, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said. DePape pulled the gavel away from Pelosi and began hitting him, Scott said. The officers overpowered the attacker, disarmed him and took him into custody.
DePape was taken to a hospital and will be admitted to the San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and burglary, authorities said.
What is the motive?
The police gave little information on the motive for the attack.
A source familiar with the incident said the attacker was looking for Nancy Pelosi and that the attacker faced Paul Pelosi and yelled, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?’
Where was Nancy Pelosi when the attack took place?
The Speaker of the House of Representatives was in Washington, DC with her protection detail at the time of the attack, US Capitol Police said in a statement.
What do we know about security measures?
Nancy Pelosi has a sophisticated security detail that always accompanies her, a law enforcement source told The Times. Her San Francisco home is regularly patrolled by city police and is wired to an alarm system, the source said.
What is the condition of Paul Pelosis?
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for the Democratic Speaker’s Office, said Paul Pelosi was taken to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
He underwent surgery on Friday but no further details were given.
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