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On Oct. 31, the Justice Department brought charges against David Wayne DePape—the man who broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco residence and harmed her husband on Oct. 28. According to the newly released criminal complaint, DePape broke into Pelosi’s home looking for the speaker. In a physical altercation, DePape struck Paul Pelosi in the head with a hammer, causing him to fall unconscious. DePape later told investigators that he planned to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and break “her kneecaps” if she “lied” while speaking with him, after which he planned to wheel the speaker into Congress to “show other [members] that there were consequences to actions.”
DePape was charged with one count of assault on an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. §§ 115(a)(1)(A). He was also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties in violation of Title 18, U.S.C., § 1201(a) and 1201(a)(5).
You can read the criminal complaint here or below: