A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a man on charges of assault and attempted kidnapping in connection with the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband last month. The man was already in custody at the time.
Charges brought against David DePape in connection with the break-in at the Pelosis family's San Francisco home on October 28 are identical to but more serious than those in a prior federal complaint that was submitted on October 31.
According to the six-page indictment, when police arrived in response to Paul Pelosi's 911 call, they discovered Paul Pelosi and DePape fighting over a hammer.
The indictment claimed that DePape muttered "ummm nope" before swinging the hammer obnoxiously at Paul Pelosi after being ordered by an officer to do so.
According to the indictment, the altercation lasted for about 15 seconds and left Pelosi and DePape on the ground with blood pooling around Paul Pelosi's head.
DePape, 42, was detained inside the Pelosi home. Richmond is a suburb of San Francisco. In his 911 call, Paul Pelosi described how a stranger who had just entered his bedroom in search of Nancy Pelosi had disturbed him while he was sleeping.
A glass door leading to the back porch had been broken, the police discovered later. A roll of tape, a white rope, a second hammer, a set of cloth and rubber gloves, and zip ties were all found.
Days before the fiercely contested midterm elections—the first national election since the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021—the assault rocked the political establishment.
Authorities have issued warnings about the escalating extremism in the United States, and threats against lawmakers and election officials are at all-time highs.
The maximum sentence for the first charge is 30 years in federal prison, while the maximum sentence for the second charge is 20 years.