Paul Pelosi's accused attacker David DePape: 4 things to know

Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi arrive on the red carpet for the Time 100 Gala at the Lincoln Center in New York on April 23, 2019. |

New details have emerged about the perpetrator behind the attack on Paul Pelosi, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, as investigators search for a political motive amid conflicting information about the suspect’s views. 

On Tuesday, San Francisco Judge Diane Northway ordered the accused attacker, David DePape, 42, to be held in jail without bail.

Attorney Adam Lipson, a public defender appointed to represent DePape, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client during a hearing in Superior Court in San Francisco. DePape is scheduled to return to court on Friday.

Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked at his home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco early Friday morning. After the attack, the San Francisco Police Department released a statement saying, “... at approximately 2:27 a.m., San Francisco Police Officers from Northern Station were dispatched to the residence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for an 'A-priority' well-being check.” 

“When officers arrived on [the] scene, they encountered an adult male suspect and Mrs. Pelosi’s husband, Paul. Officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect, each with one hand on a single hammer. Moments later the suspect gained control of the hammer and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi with it,” the statement added. 

The police then tackled the DePape to the ground and disarmed him. 

DePape faces a variety of charges including attempted homicide, first-degree burglary, violent felony enhancement, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with serious bodily injury and elder abuse.

Nearly a week after the assault, much remains unknown about the circumstances that led to the attack as details continue to emerge about the perpetrator. Here are four facts that have become known about the attacker. 

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at:

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