Capitol Police had cameras outside Pelosi’s home that were not monitored during the break-in: Sources
US Capitol Police had cameras outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home, but they were not monitored, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Capitol Police saw the flash of police lights on the camera, rewinded the footage and saw the break-in, according to sources.
It is unclear whether or not the cameras were supposed to be monitored at the time.
The Washington Post first reported this detail.
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said Tuesday that his department is looking to provide additional security for members of Congress after last week’s attack on Paul Pelosi.
“The USCP became involved in a review of the incident on Friday,” Manger said in a statement. “We believe today’s political climate requires more resources to provide additional layers of physical security for members of Congress. This plan would include an emphasis on adding redundancy to the measures already in place for Congressional leadership. We hope you can understand that we cannot disclose detail these improvements because our country cannot afford to facilitate all potential bad actors.”
Paul Pelosi was attacked early Friday by the suspect, 42-year-old David DePape, who allegedly broke into Pelosi’s residence in San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood with a hammer shortly before 2 a.m. local time, according to a federal complaint. .
The intruder then went upstairs, where 82-year-old Paul Pelosi was sleeping, and demanded to speak to “Nancy.” Despite being told the speaker was not home and would be gone for several days, DePape said he would wait and began removing zippers from his backpack to tie up Paul Pelosi, according to the complaint.
According to the complaint, Paul Pelosi told DePape he needed to use the bathroom, allowing him to get his cell phone and call 911. Two officers arrived minutes later and entered the home, finding DePape and Paul Pelosi fighting over a hammer. Officers told the men to drop the hammer, at which point DePape allegedly took control of the hammer and swung it, striking Paul Pelosi in the head. Officers immediately restrained and disarmed DePape, while Paul Pelosi appeared unconscious on the floor.
According to the report, the police later recovered another hammer, a roll of tape, a white rope, zip ties, as well as a pair of rubber and cloth gloves from the crime scene.
Paul Pelosi was hit at least twice with a hammer, sources told ABC News. He was hospitalized after the attack and underwent successful surgery Friday to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hand, according to a statement from Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill. Nancy Pelosi said Monday that her husband is “making steady progress in what will be a long recovery process.”
DePape faces a number of state charges, including attempted murder, residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as federal charges of assault and attempted kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday during his arraignment on state charges and denied all charges. He was expected back in court Wednesday to be arraigned on the federal charges, with a preliminary hearing set for Friday.
ABC News’ Morgan Winsor, Julia Jacobo and Mola Lenghi contributed to this report.
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