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

The suspect in the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi 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 with a hammer in his San Francisco home on Friday, may have planned to attack more people, the sources said.

They didn’t go so far as to call the list a “blacklist,” but authorities believe the suspect may have planned to target others, the sources said.

DePape is expected to be indicted on Tuesday. Sources told CBS News that prosecutors are taking their time filing federal charges because DePape is in custody and no longer poses a threat.

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A tape of police blocks a street outside the home of Paul Pelosi, the 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 house around 2 a.m. Friday, shouting “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, second in line to the presidency, was in Washington DC at the time of the attack, according to Capitol police.

While the alleged assailant was in the home, police say Pelosi was able to call 911 and police were dispatched to the residence. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said Friday that officers observed Pelosi and the suspect holding a hammer, then “the suspect pulled the hammer out of Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it.”

The suspect was immediately apprehended by police and will be charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several additional crimes, authorities said.

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

In a letter to other members of congress On Saturday evening, the President wrote that “her husband’s state of health continues to improve”.

“Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the potentially deadly attack on our Pop,” she wrote. “We are grateful for the quick response from law enforcement and emergency services, and for the life-saving medical care he is receiving. Please know that the outpouring of prayers and warm wishes from so many members of Congress are a comfort to our family and helps Paul move forward in his recovery.”

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