Washington, Oct 28 (EFE).- The man who broke into the San Francisco home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded to know her whereabouts as he attacked her husband, Paul Pelosi, US media outlets said Friday, citing unnamed police sources.
“Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?,” the assailant shouted, according to those reports.
As speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is third in line to the presidency, but her California residence is only provided with an official security detail when she is present.
The 82-year-old Paul Pelosi suffered a blow from a hammer was taken to the hospital, “where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery,” the Democratic congresswoman’s spokesperson, Drew Hammill, said.
“The speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time,” Hammill said.
San Francisco police identified the attacker as David DePape, 42, and said that they were working with the FBI and with the US Capitol Police’s California Field Office to determine the motive.
When officers arrived at the home in response to an emergency call shortly before 2:30 am, they found the attacker and Paul Pelosi struggling over a hammer, police chief William Scott told a press conference.
“The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” Scott said. “Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup and rendered medical aid.”
DePape was also taken to the hospital, the chief said, without specifying the attacker’s injuries.
The suspect will be booked on charges including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse, Scott said.
Expressions of concern came not only from the speaker’s Democratic Party colleagues, such as President Joe Biden, but also from Republican congressional leaders.
“The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family. This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
The respective leaders of the Republicans in the House, Kevin McCarthy, and Senate, Mitch McConnell, likewise reached out to the speaker.
Paul Pelosi, a wealthy businessman, was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after becoming involved in an auto accident in May.
He was sentenced to community service and three years of probation and ordered to pay roughly $7,000 in fines. EFE pamp-aaca/aef/ks/dr