Paul Pelosi’s Alleged Attacker Indicted For Assault and Attempted Kidnapping

William Appleton
Thursday, November 10, 2022, 12:37 PM

DePape was indicted on Nov. 9 for the Oct. 28 assault on Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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On Nov. 9, the office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California obtained a grand jury indictment against David Wayne DePape. The indictment charges DePape with a single count of attempted kidnapping of a federal officer and a single count of assault on the immediate family member of a federal official under 18 U.S.C. § 1201(d) and § 115(a)(1)(A) . 

The charges stem from an Oct. 28 incident in which DePape allegedly broke into the San Francisco residence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and struck the speaker's husband, Paul Pelosi, in the head with a hammer, causing him to lose consciousness. According to the indictment, DePape intended to hold the speaker hostage, “talk with her,” and “break her kneecaps” if she lied to him. The indictment also alleges that DePape identified an additional target, referred to as Target 1, and planned to use the speaker “to lure Target 1 to DePape.” 

You can read the indictment here or below:

Will Appleton is the Fall 2022 Intern at Lawfare. He is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he majors in Legal Studies.

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