David DePape was on ‘suicide mission’ throughout Pelosi assault: courtroom paperwork


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — The person accused of breaking into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco dwelling and beating her husband with a hammer pleaded not responsible. David DePape, 42 of Richmond, Calif., was on a “suicide mission” with plans of concentrating on a number of politicians, courtroom paperwork filed Tuesday state.

DePape appeared in San Francisco Superior Court docket on Tuesday afternoon to enter his plea. He wore an orange jail-issued inmate jumpsuit. DePape’s proper arm was in a sling as a result of his arm was dislocated when officers tackled and arrested him inside Pelosi’s home on October 28.

Decide Diane Northway ordered DePape to stay behind bars with no bail.

Public defender Adam Lipson instructed reporters, “We’re going to be wanting into Mr. DePape’s psychological state. From expertise, I can say that there’s all the time extra to the story than what’s initially reported. There are loads of rumors and hypothesis about this incident that may should be sorted out in courtroom. Mr. DePape is entitled to a vigorous authorized protection, and we intend to offer him one.”

Reporters collect exterior the courtroom on Nov. 1, 2022 for the arraignment. (Photograph by KRON4/ Dan Kerman)

District Legal professional Brooke Jenkins charged DePape with six felony counts for the assault towards Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi. Prosecutors mentioned DePape’s supposed goal was Nancy Pelosi, nonetheless, she was not dwelling.

Paul Pelosi was knocked unconscious by the hammer and awoke in a pool of his personal blood, courtroom paperwork state.

DePape is charged with premeditated tried homicide, housebreaking, inflicting damage on an elder prone to trigger nice bodily damage, assault with a lethal weapon, false imprisonment, and threatening a member of the family of a public official.

Jenkins held a information convention with reporters instantly following the arraignment. She mentioned, “This case is susceptible to misinformation. We’re seeing it unfold throughout all platforms at this level. We have to ensure that the report is obvious. That is any person who deliberate this, sought to hurt the Speaker of the Home. He couldn’t find her after which focused her husband. I contemplate him to be harmful … somebody who was keen to enact violence that was politically motivated. That’s why we filed a movement to detain him with out bail.”

David DePape
David DePape data Gypsy Taub being led away by police after her nude wedding ceremony exterior Metropolis Corridor on Dec. 19, 2013, in San Francisco. DePape was recognized in Berkeley, Calif., as a pro-nudity activist who had picketed bare at protests towards native ordinances requiring individuals to be clothed in public. (AP Photograph / Eric Risberg / File)

“We’re at some extent in america the place political rhetoric has change into too inflammatory. We will’t be that kind of America. We have to pull it again,” Jenkins mentioned.

In response to an affidavit written by FBI Particular Agent Stephanie Minor, DePape broke into the home in Pacific Heights with the intent of kidnapping Nancy Pelosi. “DePape had zip ties, tape, rope, and at the least one hammer with him,” Minor wrote.

Paul Pelosi didn’t know DePape, in keeping with the affidavit. The 2 males had been struggling to achieve management of DePape’s hammer when San Francisco Police Division officers arrived. The house intruder swung the hammer, putting Paul Pelosi within the head and knocking him unconscious to the bottom, Minor said.

David DePape speaks together with his public defender in courtroom on Nov. 1, 2022. (Courtroom sketch by Vicki Behringer)

‘Suicide Mission’

In response to courtroom paperwork filed by prosecutors on Tuesday, DePape instructed police that he was on a “suicide mission” and had plans to focus on different California and federal politicians.

DePape allegedly mentioned his different targets included an area professor, in addition to a number of distinguished state and federal politicians — and members of their households.

“He compelled his method into the Pelosi dwelling desiring to take the particular person third in line to the presidency of america hostage and to noticeably hurt her,” courtroom paperwork state.


The affidavit gave the next timeline for the morning of October 28:

  • “At 2:23 a.m., San Francisco Dispatch obtained a 911 name from Paul Pelosi. Pelosi said phrases to the impact of there’s a male within the dwelling and that the male goes to attend for Pelosi’s spouse. Pelosi additional conveyed that he doesn’t know who the male is. The male mentioned his identify is David.”
  • “At 2:31 a.m., San Francisco Police Division Officer Colby Wilmes responded to the Pelosi residence. When the door was opened, Pelosi and DePape had been each holding a hammer with one hand and DePape had his different hand holding onto Pelosi’s forearm. The officers requested them what was occurring. DePape responded that all the pieces was good. Officers then requested Pelosi and DePape to drop the hammer. DePape pulled the hammer from Pelosi’s hand and swung the hammer, putting Pelosi within the head. Officers instantly went inside and had been capable of restrain DePape. Whereas officers had been restraining DePape, Pelosi gave the impression to be unconscious on the bottom.”

Paul Pelosi’s statements to police

Paul Pelosi was interviewed by police throughout his ambulance trip to San Francisco Common Hospital. He instructed police that he had by no means seen DePape earlier than. Paul Pelosi mentioned he was sleeping when DePape entered his bed room and mentioned he wished to speak to “Nancy,” the affidavit states.

“When Pelosi instructed him that Nancy was not there, DePape said that he would sit and wait. Pelosi said that his spouse wouldn’t be dwelling for a number of days after which DePape reiterated that he would wait,” the affidavit states.

Paul Pelosi was capable of make a 911 name inside a rest room. When cops arrived on the home, DePape started putting him with a hammer, Paul Pelosi instructed police.

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David DePape is proven in Berkeley, Calif., on Dec. 13, 2013. (Michael Brief /San Francisco Chronicle by way of AP /File)

David DePape’s statements to police

Police learn DePape his Miranda Rights on October 28 and he agreed to talk with SFPD officers.

He instructed police that he was going to “maintain Nancy hostage and speak to her. If Nancy had been to inform DePape the ‘fact,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied’ he was going to interrupt her kneecaps,’” the affidavit states. DePape was sure that Nancy Pelosi was going to deceive him, he allegedly instructed police.

DePape allegedly instructed police that he considered Nancy Pelosi because the Democratic Get together’s “chief of the pack” for telling “lies.” He instructed police that he wished to interrupt the Speaker’s kneecaps in order that she must be wheeled in a wheelchair throughout her subsequent subsequent look in Congress. That might present different Congress members that there have been “penalties to actions,” DePape allegedly mentioned.

“DePape defined that he didn’t go away after Pelosi’s name to 911 as a result of, very like the American founding fathers with the British, he was preventing towards tyranny with out the choice of give up,” the affidavit states.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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