Suspect wanted to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and break ‘her kneecaps’

David DePape, the man suspected of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home and attacking her husband, Paul Pelosi, told law enforcement he planned to take the Speaker of the House hostage and to break her “kneecaps” if she “lies” to him.

Federal authorities accuse DePape of assaulting a federal official’s immediate family member and attempting to kidnap a federal official. The federal charges against DePape come amid reports he was in the country illegally after immigrating from Canada and overstaying his visa.

FBI Special Agent Stephanie Minor provided the most detailed account of the attack on Pelosi in her affidavit in support of a criminal complaint and arrest warrant.

DePape told San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers that he planned to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and would let her go if she told him the “truth,” but if she “lied,” he had the intention of breaking “his kneecaps”.

DePape viewed Speaker Pelosi as the “leader” of the Democratic Party liars and explained that by breaking her kneecaps, “she would then have to be transported to Congress, which would show other members of Congress that there was consequences to actions,” FBI Agent Minor wrote.

DePape also told officers he planned to use Speaker Pelosi to lure others to him.

DePape reportedly admitted to using a hammer to break into the Pelosi residence and told investigators he woke Pelosi and said he was looking for Nancy, who was not in the house at the time.

After Pelosi told DePape his wife wasn’t home, he asked how they could resolve the situation. DePape told investigators he wanted to tie Pelosi up so he could rest, “because he was tired from having to carry a backpack all the way to the Pelosi residence.”

SFPD officers found zip ties in Pelosi’s bedroom and discovered duct tape, rope, a hammer, two pairs of gloves and a newspaper in DePape’s backpack.

At one point, Pelosi escaped to the bathroom to make a 911 call. It’s unclear how, but DePape learned of Pelosi’s phone call to the police but decided to stay anyway. at the residence.

DePape “explained he didn’t leave after Pelosi called 9-1-1 because, much like the American Founding Fathers with the British, he was fighting tyranny with no ability to surrender,” said DePape. writes Minor. Pelosi and DePape then walked down to the front door.

According to Minor’s affidavit, Pelosi ran to the door and opened it when law enforcement arrived.

“Police came and knocked on the door, and Pelosi ran and opened it. Pelosi grabbed DEPAPE’s gavel, which was in DEPAPE’s hand,” Minor wrote. interview, DEPAPE reiterated that DEPAPE had no intention of surrendering and would go ‘through’ Pelosi.”

Officers reportedly observed Pelosi and DePape struggling to control a hammer, with DePape using one hand to control the hammer and his other hand to hold Pelosi’s forearm. Officers ordered the two men to drop the hammer, but DePape then pulled the hammer out of Pelosi’s hand and hit him over the head with the hammer, leading Pelosi to fall to the ground and seemingly lose knowledge.

“DEPAPE said he took the hammer away from Pelosi and swung it at Pelosi,” Minor wrote. “DEPAPE explained that Pelosi’s actions resulted in Pelosi ‘taking the punishment instead’.”

Law enforcement also searched a garage DePape allegedly lived in and seized, among other things, “two hammers, a sword, and a pair of rubber and cloth gloves.”

In addition to the federal charges, DePape faces several state charges, including attempted homicide, first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and elder abuse, among others.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter.


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