Paul Pelosi attack: Suspect in attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband had a list of targets, law enforcement sources say

The suspect in attack on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi he had a list of people he wanted to target, law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation confirmed to CBS News.

David Wayne DePape, the man accused of beating Paul Pelosi to death with a hammer at his San Francisco home on Friday, may have planned to attack more people, sources said.

They did not go so far as to call the list a “hit list,” but authorities believe the suspect may have been planning to attack others, the sources said.

DePape is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday. Sources told CBS News that prosecutors are not rushing to file federal charges because DePape is in custody and no longer poses a threat.

Pelosi's husband was attacked
Police tape blocks a street outside the home of Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco on October 28, 2022.

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The suspect on Friday allegedly broke into the couple’s home around 2 a.m. Friday, yelling “Where’s Nancy?” The suspect planned to detain Paul Pelosi until the speaker returned home, law enforcement sources told CBS News. Police have not released a motive, but said it was “not a random act.” Nancy Pelosi, who is the second presidential candidate, was in Washington at the time of the attack, according to Capitol Police.

While the alleged intruder was inside the home, police said Pelosi was able to dial 911 and police were dispatched to the residence. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said Friday that officers observed both Pelosi and the suspect holding a hammer, and then “the suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him.”

The suspect was immediately taken into police custody and will face charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and a number of other crimes, authorities said.

A CBS News review of DePape’s alleged social media posts revealed conspiracy theories about Holocaust denial, pedophiles in government and allegations that Democratic Party officials run child sex groups.

U letter to fellow members of Congress On Saturday evening, the speaker wrote that her husband’s condition “continues to improve”.

“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pope,” she wrote. “We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and EMS and the life-saving medical care he received. Please know that the outpouring of prayers and well wishes from so many members of Congress is comforting to our family and helping Paul make progress in his recovery.”

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