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

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

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

David Wayne DePape, the man accused of beating Paul Pelosi 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 “kill list,” but authorities believe the suspect may have planned to target others, sources said.

DePape is expected to be arraigned Tuesday. Sources told CBS News that prosecutors are holding off on filing federal charges because DePape is in custody and no longer a threat.

Pelosi's husband attacked
Police tape blocks the 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 was allegedly on Friday broke into a couple’s house 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 did not specify a motive, but said it was “not a random act.” Nancy Pelosi, who is the second-in-command, was in Washington at the time of the attack, according to the statement. Capitol Police.

While the alleged attacker was inside the home, police said Pelosi was able to call 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 with it.”

Police immediately arrested the suspect and will be charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several additional felonies, authorities said.

A CBS News review of questionable social media posts by DePape revealed conspiracy theories about Holocaust denial, pedophiles in government and claims that Democratic officials run child sex rings.

U letter to fellow members of Congress On Saturday night, the announcer 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 Pop,” she wrote. “We are grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and EMS, as well as the medical attention that saved his life. Please know that the outpouring of prayers and well wishes from so many in Congress is comforting to our family and helping Paul make progress in his recovery.”



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