An intruder broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home early Friday morning and “violently assaulted” her husband, Paul Pelosi. The speaker was not home at the time of the assault, which was carried out with a hammer, according to police.
“Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery,” Drew Hammil, a spokesman for Speaker Pelosi, said in a statement.
The motive is unclear, but the Associated Press reported that the assailant, identified by police as 42-year-old David DePape, specifically targeted Pelosi’s home. The New York Times later added that the intruder was looking for Nancy, and that they shouted “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?” after confronting Paul, with multiple other outlets confirming the report.
San Francisco Police have said that the attack occurred around 2:30 a.m. and that a male suspect is in custody. Capitol Police said special agents “quickly arrived on scene.” Police Chief William Scott said during a press conference on Friday that officers witnessed Pelosi and DePape holding hammers, and that DePape grabbed Pelosi’s hammer and beat him with it before being tackled by officers.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement that President Biden “is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family” and that “he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack.”
The AP reported that Pelosi suffered blunt-force injuries to his head and body, and that he is being treated for bruising, severe swelling, and other injuries. Pelosi’s office later announced that he had undergone “successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands” and that his “doctors expect a full recovery.”