Who is David DePape? Paul Pelosi Attacker Faces Charges

According to ICE sources who spoke to The Post on Monday, the man suspected of throwing a hammer at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was in the country illegally. Sources claim that David DePape, who was charged with federal and municipal crimes for the brutal assault on 82-year-old Paul Pelosi on Monday, was in the country unlawfully because he overstayed his visa.

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According to authorities, the 42-year-old suspect was in the US as early as 2001 and was born in Canada in 1980. His social security number is valid and can only be acquired through employment.

What Happened?

According to sources, the social security number was obtained in Hawaii. Uncertain is how long DePape remained in the nation after his visa expired. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against DePape for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and other offenses. He was also accused of attempted kidnapping and violence on a federal level.

In an attempted attempt to locate the House Speaker, he allegedly broke into Nancy Pelosi’s home, but only her husband was there. San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins described the incident as a politically motivated attack on Monday.

Washington, DC was the scene of the event when Nancy Pelosi was there.


The Justice Department filed charges against DePape for attempted kidnapping and assault with the intent to threaten or harm a family member in order to retaliate against a government employee. If found guilty, DePape faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

According to the affidavit, DePape used a hammer to enter the Pelosi home through a glass door at the back of the building before going upstairs and running into Paul, who was at the time asleep. The document states that DePape claimed to be searching for Nancy Pelosi, who was at the time in Washington, D.C.

On Monday, the Democrat released a statement: “Since the horrific attack on Paul early Friday, we have been deluged with thousands of messages conveying concern, prayers and warm wishes. We are most grateful,”

“Thanks to the excellent team at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Paul is making steady progress on what will be a long recovery process.”

“Our family thanks everyone for their kindness.”

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