In addition to being charged locally with the attempted murder of Paul Pelosi, alleged assailant David DePape was charged Monday by federal prosecutors with the attempted kidnapping of Nancy Pelosi, as well as the assault of a relative relative of a US official.
Federal prosecutors in the Northern District of California filed charges Monday against DePape, 42, which together carry maximum sentences totaling 50 years in prison. DePape, who allegedly broke into the Pelosis home in Pacific Heights early Friday morning and woke Paul Pelosi on the second floor of the house looking for President Pelosi, allegedly carried duct tape and zip ties suggesting his intention to kidnap the President. DePape reportedly asked “Where’s Nancy?” and saying he would wait for him, but he eventually hit Mr Pelosi with a hammer as SFPD officers arrived.
As CNN reports via the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DePape has now been charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official and “one count of assaulting an official’s immediate family member.” American with the intention of retaliating against the person responsible”.
Update: According to the charging documents, DePape told officers in an interview that he wanted to “break his kneecaps” and he called Pelosi a “ringleader” of lies told by the Democratic Party. DePape reportedly said he’d let Pelosi go if she was telling the “truth,” but he expected her to be lying, and with broken kneecaps she “would then have to be transported to Congress, which would show the other members of Congress that there were consequences to actions,” as reported by Bay Area News Group.
The attempted kidnapping charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and the assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years. Such charges are usually only filed at the state level, but they can be charged with federal crimes under certain circumstances — and that is considered an act of politically motivated violence.
State charges against DePape are still pending, but could be announced by District Attorney Brooke Jenkins as soon as today.
The speed with which federal prosecutors brought these charges “reflects the urgency with which the Biden administration is addressing what it considers a politically motivated crime shortly before the 2022 midterm elections.” , as the New York Times suggests.
Mr. Pelosi, 82, remains in an intensive care unit at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital, but is said to be recovering from surgery he underwent on Friday for a skull injury.
Speaker Pelosi has yet to comment on the federal charges.
As KRON4 reports, Speaker Pelosi was in San Francisco on Monday and her motorcade was spotted at SF General Hospital, where she was visiting her husband.
The Pelosi home in Pacific Heights has been the target of protests before, but not by a terrorist or violent individual. He was the target of anarchist graffiti and a pig’s head on New Year’s Eve 2020 – six days before the January 6, 2021 uprising. And their home address has been an open secret on the internet for years. As Politico notes, the house was also the scene of anti-war protests in 2007. As we all know, Pelosi has been reviled by Republicans, but especially by right-wing conspiracy theorists who view her as a ringleader in an evil cabal.
DePape’s former girlfriend, Gypsy Taub, opened up about her own opinions in a Chronicle interview over the weekend, suggesting that while she didn’t believe DePape had become a Trump supporter, he was “against shadow government”. He had clearly fallen foul of the QAnon conspiracy, according to his online posts, and a blog post attributed to him, according to the Chronicle, “exposed to censorship by an elite cabal of tech companies, government and media officials.
Taub said she believed DePape suffered from mental illness and had “completely lost her mind” over the past few years.
DePape has not, at least to anyone’s knowledge so far, ever specifically mentioned a vendetta against Nancy Pelosi.
Previously: Gypsy Taub opens up about ex-boyfriend David DePape, confirms he wasn’t a cheater, but had mental illness
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