Home Intruder Yelled 'Where's Nancy?' Before Attacking Pelosi's Husband, Source Says
An intruder broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home early Friday morning and "violently assaulted" her husband, Paul Pelosi, who is recovering at a local hospital.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told reporters that officers who responded to the Pelosi residence at 2:27 a.m. encountered an adult male and Mr. Pelosi "both holding a hammer."
The suspect, who police have identified as 42-year-old David Depape, "pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it."
"Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup and rendered medical aid," Scott said, adding both the alleged assailant and Pelosi were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
A source briefed on the attack told NPR the assailant was searching for Speaker Pelosi, and confronted her husband shouting, "Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?"
A Friday morning statement from Speaker Pelosi's office said Mr. Pelosi is "receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery."
Pelosi, who is second in line to the presidency after the vice president, was not at home at the time of the break-in and attack.
The break-in at her residence raises serious questions about the security of the home of one of the most powerful lawmakers in the country.
The U.S. Capitol Police is assisting the FBI and the San Francisco Police with a joint investigation into the break-in.
"Special agents with the USCP's California Field Office quickly arrived on scene, while a team of investigators from the Department's Threat Assessment Section was simultaneously dispatched from the East Coast to assist the FBI and the San Francisco Police with a joint investigation," a statement from the Capitol Police read.
President Biden called Pelosi Friday morning to offer his support following the attack.
"The President continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family's desire for privacy be respected," according to a statement by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
The attack come as political figures and their families face an uptick in threats
The shouts of "Where is Nancy?" from the assailant on Friday echoes similar chants from the rioters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
"Where are you Nancy, we're looking for you?" shoutedrioters that day. Pelosi and other Congressional leaders were taken to a secure location during the attack.
Members of Congress have received more funds and resources to secure their homes but some have pressed for more protection given the rise in threats.
This summer, a man carrying a pistol outside the home of Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was arrested.
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., was attackedby a man at a campaign event in July during his gubernatorial race. The attacker tried to stab the congressman, but Zeldin was not seriously injured.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, shared voicemails left at his Capitol Hill office over the summer that threatened him and his family.
"We know where your family is and we're going to get you," said one caller.
In April, an Alaskan man was sentenced to 32 months in prison after leaving threatening voicemailsto both Republican senators from Alaska, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.
"I will find out all your properties and I will burn everything you hope to have, and I will burn everything you own," the man said in a message to Murkowski, asking whether the senator had seen what a ".50 caliber shell" does to a "human head."
In December, a New Hampshire man was sentenced to 33 months in prison for threatening to hang members of Congress who didn't support Trump.
Lawmakers react to the assault
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle swiftly condemned the attack and offered their support to the Pelosi family.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tweeted that he was "horrified and disgusted" by the attack and is "grateful to hear that Paul is on track to make a full recovery."
Horrified and disgusted by the reports that Paul Pelosi was assaulted in his and Speaker Pelosi's home last night. Grateful to hear that Paul is on track to make a full recovery and that law enforcement including our stellar Capitol Police are on the case.— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) October 28, 2022
In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the attack a "dastardly act" and said he spoke with Speaker Pelosi Friday morning to extend his "deepest concern and heartfelt wishes."
GOP Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., posted on Twitter thathe is "disgusted to hear about the horrific assault on Speaker Pelosi's husband Paul," adding: "Let's be clear: violence has no place in this country."
Scalise has personally dealt with political violence. In 2017, he was shotby a gunman targeting a congressional baseball practice. Scalise remained in critical condition for days and had to undergo several surgeries to recover.
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz called the attack "horrific" and added: We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable."
This is a developing story