Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker David DePape is an illegal immigrant from Canada who is in the United States on a “longtime visa overstay,” according to reports.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) source reportedly told Fox News that DePape is in America “illegally.”
DePape was hit with federal charges today, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Court documents reveal that DOJ is charging DePape with “attempted kidnapping of a United States official” and “assault of an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official.”
NEW: Per ICE source, David DePape, the suspect accused of beating Paul Pelosi in his home with a hammer after breaking in, is currently in the U.S. illegally as a “longtime” visa overstay. @FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) October 31, 2022
Police recovered zip ties in Pelosi’s bedroom and found glass broken at the rear of the house, tape, rope, gloves, and a journal, according to the FBI affidavit.
“DePape stated that he was going to hold Nancy hostage and talk to her,” the affidavit said.
“If Nancy were to tell DePape the ‘truth,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he was going to break ‘her kneecaps.’”
“DePape also later explained that by breaking Nancy’s kneecaps, she would then have to be wheeled into Congress, which would show other Members of Congress that there were consequences to actions,” the affidavit said.
According to the report from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), DePape told investigators that he was motivated by the “lies told by the Democratic Party” and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
SFPD interview with Paul Pelosi's alleged assailant:
"DEPAPE articulated he
viewed Nancy as the 'leader of the pack' of lies told by the Democratic Party."
He allegedly wanted to break "her kneecaps" and wheel her into Congress to send a message.
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— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 31, 2022
The DOJ issued a statement that said:
“According to the complaint, David Wayne DePape, 42, of Richmond, was arrested on Friday inside the Pelosi residence by San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) police officers responding to a 911 call from Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Paul Pelosi later described to police that he had been asleep when DePape, whom he had never seen before, entered his bedroom looking for Nancy Pelosi.
“According to the complaint, minutes after the 911 call, two police officers responded to the Pelosi residence where they encountered Paul Pelosi and DePape struggling over a hammer.
“Officers told the men to drop the hammer, and DePape allegedly gained control of the hammer and swung it, striking Pelosi in the head. Officers immediately restrained DePape, while Pelosi appeared to be unconscious on the ground.
“As set forth in the complaint, once DePape was restrained, officers secured a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and zip ties from the crime scene, where officers also observed a broken glass door to the back porch.
“DePape is charged with one count of assault of an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
“DePape is also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
“U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds for the Northern District of California, Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp of the FBI San Francisco Field Office, and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the U.S. Capitol Police made the announcement,” the DOJ said.