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Paul Pelosi attack: A bizarre timeline of David DePape’s alleged violent assault

Federal agents set out a timeline giving bizarre new details in their charging documents for David DePape, including how the maniac planned to take a nap after tying up Nancy Pelosi’s husband.

DePape, the crazed man who allegedly broke into Pelosi’s home and attacked her husband Paul with a hammer, was slapped with federal charges for attempted kidnapping and assault Monday.

DePape, 42, told San Francisco cops he broke into the Pelosi mansion through a glass door using a hammer he brought with him.

He went upstairs to find Paul Pelosi in his bedroom asleep and demanded he wake up, saying he had come for his wife, who was in Washington, DC.

“Pelosi responded that she was not present. Pelosi asked how they could resolve the situation, and DePape wanted to do,” according to the doc.

“DePape stated he wanted to tie Pelosi up so DePape could go to sleep, as he was tired from having had to carry a backpack to the Pelosi residence.”

The psycho then recounted “taking out twist ties from his pocket so that he could restrain Pelosi.

“Pelosi moved towards another part of the house, but DePape stopped him and together they went back into the bedroom,” the DOJ document said.

A pictured of the glass door in the Pelosi home smashed by DePape.
DePape allegedly got into the house by smashing a glass door with a hammer.

The two men conversed and Pelosi went to the bathroom, where he was able to secretly call the police.

At that point DePape realized what was happening. In his interview with police, he said he “felt like Pelosi’s actions compelled him to respond.

“DePape remembered thinking that there was no way the police were going to forget about the phone call,” the document said.

In another head-scratching twist, the alleged attacker later told police more than once “he did not leave after Pelosi’s call to 911 because, much like the American founding fathers with the British, he was fighting against tyranny without the option of surrender.” 

DePape is now facing federal charges for the alleged attack.

DePape and Pelosi had gone downstairs by the time police arrived and knocked on the door, which the 82-year-old rushed to open.

“Pelosi grabbed onto DePape’s hammer, which was in DePape’s hand. At this point in the interview, DePape repeated that [he] did not plan to surrender and that he would go ‘through’ Pelosi.”

It was then he began beating Pelosi with the hammer, fracturing his skull in the process, cops said.

A police officer rolls out more yellow tape on the closed street below the home of Paul Pelosi.
A police officer rolls out more yellow tape on the closed street below the home of Paul Pelosi.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg

He later told cops Pelosi was “taking the punishment instead” of his wife. 

The charging documents revealed cops were witness to the attack.

“Pelosi and DePape were both holding a hammer with one hand and DePape had his other hand holding onto Pelosi’s forearm. Pelosi greeted the officers,” the documents outlined.

“The officers asked them what was going on. DePape responded that everything was good. Officers then asked Pelosi and DePape to drop the hammer.”

Then, “DePape pulled the hammer from Pelosi’s hand and swung it, striking Pelosi in the head. Officers immediately went inside and were able to restrain DePape … Pelosi appeared to be unconscious on the ground.”

In this file photo taken on December 05, 2021, US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (R) and husband Paul Pelosi attend the 44th Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi attend the 44th Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2021.
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The charging documents stated that DePape said he was targeting Pelosi for being the “’leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party” and he wanted to break her kneecaps to show that her actions had consequences. 

Pelosi remains in the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery on his skull and has been visited by family members. Doctors have said they expect him to make a full recovery.

DePape was also taken to hospital after the attack, but under police custody.

A photo of Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of California, follows his wife as she arrives for her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2022.
Pelosi had surgery on his skull following the attack.

Nancy has said little about the attack, but wrote to her colleagues in a letter Saturday how her family was traumatized by the incident. 

“Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to her congressional colleagues. “Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop.”

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