USA-Nancy Pelosi’s husband violently assaulted – 10/29/2022 at 00:42

by Carlos Barria

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A man broke into the California home of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi early on Friday, demanding to see her before violently assaulting her husband with a hammer.

Paul Pelosi, 82, was taken to a hospital in San Francisco, where he underwent surgery to treat a fractured skull and several serious injuries to his arm and right hand, a spokesperson said. the House of Representatives in a statement.

Nancy Pelosi’s husband is expected to make a full recovery, it added.

The suspect, David Depape, a 42-year-old man, was arrested at the scene of the attack, and is expected to be charged with, among other things, attempted murder, assault with a weapon, elder abuse and burglary, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said.

Nancy Pelosi was in Washington at the time, according to Capitol Police.

Authorities were still trying to establish the reasons for the attack, which police sent to the Pelosi home witnessed before ending it, William Scott told reporters.

CNN reported that Paul Pelosi called emergency services, cryptically explaining the situation he was in, prompting the caller to send law enforcement to his home.

Nancy Pelosi’s spokesperson said in a statement that her husband was attacked by “a man who used force and threatened his life by asking to speak with the Speaker (of the House of Representatives) “.

Few details about the suspect were known.

A person using the pseudonym “daviddepape” recently endorsed former US President Donald Trump on several websites and credited QAnon conspiracy theories.

In these posts, the user refers to “satanic pedophilia” and anti-Semitic stereotypes, criticizes women and transgender people, and speaks out against censorship imposed by tech companies.

US President Joe Biden has called Nancy Pelosi to express his support, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said.

House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarth and U.S. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also threw their support behind Nancy Pelosi.

(With contributions from Brendan O’Brien, Jonathan Allen, Doina Chiacu, Rich McKay, Rami Ayyub, Tim Ahmann and Gram Slattery, written by Andy Sullivan and Steve Gorman; French version Camille Raynaud)

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