Suspect shouted “Where is Nancy?” before assaulting Pelosi’s husband at home, source says

A suspect broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco Friday morning and “violently assaulted” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, while she was not at home, according to a spokesperson for the House speaker, Drew Hamill. According to a source briefed on the attack, the assailant first asked Paul Pelosi where his wife was. 

The source told CBS News that before the assault occurred, the intruder confronted Paul Pelosi, shouting, “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and husband Paul Pelosi
FILE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pictured with her husband, Paul Pelosi, on Capitol Hill on January 3, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

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San Francisco Police responded and were at the scene at 2:27 a.m. PT. Hammill also said Paul Pelosi, 82, is in the hospital and expected to make a full recovery. The Associated Press, citing two people with knowledge of the investigation, reported that Pelosi “suffered blunt force injuries in the attack.” Two sources tell CBS News a hammer was used by the assailant to break into the speaker’s home. 

Helicopter photo of broken window at Pelosi home 


Three sources tell CBS News a suspect has been arrested, and two law enforcement sources identified him as David Wayne Depape, a Berkeley resident in his early 40s. 

Law enforcement sources say that it is too early to say definitively what the motive for the attack was, but the possibility that it was politically motivated has not been ruled out. 

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi's husband violently assaulted after a break-in at their house, in San Francisco
FBI agents work outside the home of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi where her husband Paul Pelosi was violently assaulted after a break-in at their house, according to a statement from her office, in San Francisco, California, October 28, 2022.


Nancy Pelosi’s husband “violently assaulted” at their San Francisco home


U.S. Capitol Police are assisting the FBI and San Francisco Police Department with a joint investigation. 

U.S. Capitol Police said special agents with their field office in California also arrived on scene quickly, and a team of investigators was dispatched from the East Coast to help the FBI and local police with a joint investigation. 

A senior congressional source familiar with the matter tells CBS News U.S. Capitol Police is considering additional protection for families of congressional leadership in response to the attack on Paul Pelosi. Congressional leaders travel with multiple officers from the Capitol Police’s dignitary protection department, but  their spouses and children do not, which is why there was no protection present when the assailant broke into the Pelosi residence Friday morning. 

The Pelosis have been married since 1963, and have five children. 

The top House Democrat will no longer attend an annual dinner Saturday for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., the organization confirmed. She was supposed to be a featured speaker. 

Lawmakers of both parties shared their responses to the attack on social media.

“I wish Mr Pelosi well & pray for a quick recovery Everyone deserves 2b respected & violence is never okay,” Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted. And Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, who represents San Mateo, about 20 miles from San Francisco, said in a tweet, “Thank God @SpeakerPelosi‘s husband Paul is safe after being attacked in their home by an assailant. While the motive is still unknown we know where this kind of violence is sanctioned and modeled.”

A spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said McCarthy “reached out to the speaker to check in on Paul and said he’s praying for a full recovery and is thankful they caught the assailant.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that he had spoken with Pelosi and called the assault on her husband “a dastardly act.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was “Horrified and disgusted” by the reports of the assault, and “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.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Biden 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,” Jean-Pierre said. “He is also very glad that a full recovery is expected. The president continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected.”

— Michael Kaplan, Pat Milton and Jeff Pegues contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. 

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