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The suspect in the attack on Paul Pelosi is charged with assault and attempted kidnapping

The man is accused of attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul On Monday, he was formally charged with assaulting a family member of a federal official and attempting to kidnap a federal official.

These federal charges against David Wayne Depapeto be arraigned in court in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon.

The 42-year-old suspect was charged Friday with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, elder abuse and several other crimes.

According to sources briefed on the attack, the suspect who broke into the couple’s San Francisco home early Friday morning Paul Pelosi shouted“Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy” before attacking him.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and husband Paul Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is pictured with her husband Paul Pelosi on Capitol Hill on January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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After responding to Pelosi’s home, “the San Francisco Police Department found ties in Pelosi’s bedroom and in the hallway near the front door of Pelosi’s residence,” according to the federal criminal complaint. “Additionally, law enforcement searched a DEPAPE backpack at Pelosi’s residence and found, among other things, a roll of tape, white rope, one hammer, one pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and a magazine.”

“Pellasey stated that he had never seen DEPAPE before,” the federal criminal complaint also states. “Pelosi was asleep when DEPAPE entered Pelosi’s bedroom and said she wanted to speak to ‘Nancy.'”

The suspect’s motive remains unclear. But DePape had a list of people he wanted to target, law enforcement sources informed about the investigation told CBS News. Sources said he may have planned to attack more people if he hadn’t been arrested after attacking Pelosi.

Last week, Paul Pelosi underwent what the speaker’s office called “successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right hand and hand.” The speaker’s office did not provide any additional official information about Mr. Pelosi this week.

— Rob Legare, Jeff Pegues and Gina Martinez contributed to this report


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