David DePape, the man accused of taking a hammer to the head of Paul Pelosi, was looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when he broke into the couple’s Pacific Heights mansion on Oct. 28. DePape had zip ties with him, as well as tape and rope, with which he intended to tie up the House Speaker and break her kneecaps if she didn’t tell the truth, the complaint from federal district court for Northern California reads. DePape owned the hammer that was used in the assault of Paul Pelosi.
DePape told detectives that after breaking into the home, he went upstairs to the bedroom, where he found Paul Pelosi asleep. DePape said he wanted to talk with Nancy Pelosi, and Paul said that she wasn’t there. DePape said he would wait for her, but Pau explained she would not be home for several days. Paul was able to go the bathroom, where he called 911.
When police arrived, the two were struggling over the hammer, but Paul pulled the hammer away from DePape, who then turned it on Paul, as punishment, the transcript indicates.
In an interview with authorities on Oct. 28, DePape said he had planned to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and get her to tell the truth, and if she lied, he would break her kneecaps. He didn’t leave the house after Paul called 911 because he viewed himself much like the Founding Fathers, fighting tyranny. He sees Nancy Pelosi as the leader of a pack of liars — the Democrats.
Paul Pelosi is said to be making good progress in his recovery; he had surgery for a skull fracture he sustained in the incident.
Authorities have also located the place where DePape lives, which was not at the Victorian house that has been shared widely around social media. He lived in a modest garage apartment on Shasta Street in Richmond, Calif., where he has resided for about two years. Neighbors described him as a quiet right-winger. DePape is set to be arraigned Tuesday.