The intruder who broke into the Pelosi home and asked 'where is Nancy' had a bag of zip ties: report

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attends her weekly news conference at the US Capitol on February 23, 2022 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee/Getty Images
  • The suspect who broke into Nancy Pelosi's home and attacked her husband brought zip ties with him, per CNN.

  • Suspect David DePape attempted to tie up Paul Pelosi and later told police he was "waiting for Nancy."

  • Threats against Speaker Pelosi are similar to the ones made by January 6 rioters, who told her to "come out and play."

The suspect who broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's home and demanded to know where she was brought a bag of zip ties with him, CNN reported, citing a source who had been briefed on the assault.

The suspect, 42-year-old David DePape, broke into Pelosi's San Francisco home in the early hours of Friday morning and shouted "Where is Nancy?" at Paul Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi was in Washington, DC at the time, along with her protective detail.

CNN previously reported that the attacker tried to tie up Paul Pelosi "until Nancy got home," and when police arrived on the scene, he told them he was "waiting for Nancy."

Police said they observed DePape strike Pelosi in the head with a hammer, at which point they arrested him. He has since been charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, and burglary, according to CNN.

Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery for a skull fracture. He is expected to make a full recovery, and in a statement on Saturday, Speaker Pelosi said Paul's condition "continues to improve."

"Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul.  Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop," the Speaker said in the statement.

Threats against Speaker Pelosi are similar to the same ones made by those who attacked the Capitol on January 6, some of whom also brought zip ties. That day, some rioters broke off the House Speaker's sign outside of Pelosi's office and another stole her podium. Others called out "Nancy come out and play."

Some Republican lawmakers have denounced the attack, including former Vice President Mike Pence, who said, "this man should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

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