Suspect of Paul Pelosi attack charged with federal charges

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A federal grand jury has indicted David DePape with assault and attempted kidnapping Wednesday in connection with a violent burglary last month at the San Francisco home of President Nancy Pelosi.

DePape, 42, faces two federal charges: assault on an immediate family member of a US official with intent to retaliate against the official for their professional duties and attempted kidnapping of a federal official for their professional achievements.

The charges are related to the brutal attack on the speaker’s husband, Paul Pelosi.

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If convicted, DePape could face up to 30 years in prison for assault and 20 years for attempted kidnapping.

DePape also faces a range of charges, including attempted murder, home burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, and threats against a government official and their family. He pleaded not guilty to all state charges.

A police officer rolls out yellow tape on the closed-off street below Paul and Nancy Pelosi’s home in San Francisco on October 28, 2022. (Eric Risberg/TBEN)

According to Wednesday’s indictment, Paul Pelosi told police that DePape of Richmond, California, whom Pelosi said he had never met before, entered his bedroom while he was asleep. He said DePape was looking for Nancy Pelosi.

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DePape told investigators the speaker was on a “target list” he created as part of an effort to “fight tyranny,” and said he considered her the “leader of the pack” of lies told by the Democratic Party. Party, the Democratic Party. charge says. Investigators said DePape identified another target that he thought Nancy Pelosi might “locate” him. That person was not named in the indictment.

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Two officers who responded found Pelosi and his attacker struggling over a hammer, which DePape allegedly used to hit Pelosi on the head before officers stopped him.

Pelosi was released from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital this month after undergoing surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com