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Paul Pelosi, husband of Nancy Pelosi, in hospital after being attacked at home

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Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was taken to hospital early Friday after being attacked with a hammer at the couple’s California home by an assailant who reportedly yelled, “Where’s Nancy?” , where’s Nancy?”

San Francisco police said they were called to the city’s Pelosi home at 2:27 a.m. local time Friday morning for a “welfare check.” They found an adult man confronting Paul Pelosi, and a hammer was grabbed by both men.

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“The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently attacked him with it. Our officers immediately arrested the suspect, disarmed him and took him into custody,” said Bill Scott, chief of police for San Francisco.

Scott named the suspect David DePape, 42, adding that any motive was still being determined. Charges will be filed at the San Francisco Jail, including attempted manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and other crimes.

UKTN reported that the suspect planned to tie up the victim “until Nancy got home” and that he posted right-wing and conspiracy theories online, including content promoting the lie that Donald Trump was robbed of victory in the 2020 election because of voter fraud. .

According to the UK Time News, the attacker had specifically targeted the home of the Pelosi family. Video footage of the house showed glass shattered in a side entrance to the house, indicating where the break-in may have taken place.

A person briefed on the situation told the UKTN that the intruder confronted Paul Pelosi while demanding to know where his wife was. A similar chant to “Where’s Nancy?” was created by insurgents during the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The speaker was not at home at the time of the attack, but was in Washington DC with standard security accompanying her at all times.

Her husband suffered blunt trauma to the head and body in the attack. He was treated in hospital for bruises, severe swelling and other injuries.

In a statement, Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill said the speaker’s 82-year-old husband “received excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery.”

“The speaker and her family are grateful to first responders and medical professionals and ask for privacy at this time,” Hammill said.

While the exact motivation for the attack was unclear Friday morning, it sparked fears for the safety of members of Congress and their families.

Concerns have mounted, especially since the U.S. Capitol uprising on January 6, 2021, by extremist supporters of Donald Trump seeking to reverse his alleged loss to Joe Biden in the presidential election, about a new era of violent threats against U.S. lawmakers and lawmakers. their families and staff, and their safety.

In July, members of Congress were given $10,000 each to improve the security of their homes in the face of mounting threats. Some have pushed for even more protection, pointing to people showing up in their homes and an increasing amount of threatening communications.

Joe Biden called Nancy Pelosi on Friday morning about the incident.

“The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for the entire family of President Pelosi. This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to show his support after this horrific attack. He is also very pleased that a full recovery is expected,” the White House said in a statement.

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Chuck Schumer, the Democratic majority leader in the US Senate, called Friday’s attack “a dastardly act”. He said he conveyed his “deepest concern and sincere wishes” to Nancy Pelosi.

Top Republicans also expressed their disgust at the attack. Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader in the House poised to take over as speaker if Democrats lose control of the chamber in next month’s midterm elections, a spokesperson said he reached out to “check Paul in.”

The Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnellsaid he was “shocked and disgusted” by the attack.

Paul Pelosi is a businessman who runs his own real estate and venture capital investment company, Financial Leasing Services, based in San Francisco. He met Nancy D’Alesandro when they were both college students in Washington, DC, and they married in 1963. They have five children and many grandchildren.

Nancy Pelosi served as Speaker of the U.S. House twice between 2007 and 2011 and since January 2019. She represents California’s 12th congressional district.

A police statement released Friday confirmed that Nancy Pelosi was in the capital with her security detail at the time of the overnight break-in. The investigation is being conducted jointly by the FBI, the US Capitol Police (USCP), and local San Francisco officers.

The statement said special agents from the USCP field office in California “were quickly on the scene.” A team of East Coast threat investigators was also dispatched to assist the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department in a joint investigation.

Nancy Pelosi had just returned to Washington this week from a security conference in Europe and will deliver a keynote speech Saturday night at an advocacy event with Vice President Kamala Harris.

In addition to increasing threats to members of Congress, state and local politicians are also facing heightened threat levels. This week, the campaign office of Katie Hobbs, the Arizona secretary of state who is running for governor in next month’s midterm elections, was broken into.

A suspect, Daniel Mota Dos Reis, has been charged with third-degree burglary.

Often by Pelosi’s side at formal events in Washington, Paul Pelosi remains largely on the West Coast.

The UK Time News contributed coverage