Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, underwent “successful surgery” for a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hand after he was violently attacked in the couple’s San Francisco home on Friday, according to a spokesman for the speaker.
A man broke into the couple’s home early Friday morning and attacked the speaker’s 82-year-old husband with a hammer. Authorities have identified the suspect as David Wayne DePape, a man who appears to have a history of affiliations with nudists and conspiracy theorists.
Pelosi was admitted to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for surgery, according to the speaker’s spokesman, Drew Hammill.
“His doctors expect a full recovery,” Hammill said.
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DePape, 42, appeared to have been searching for the House speaker. Before attacking Paul Pelosi, DePape shouted, “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?”
Police were dispatched to the home around 2:27 a.m. for “a priority well-being check.” Upon arrival, authorities found DePape and Pelosi “both holding a hammer.”
“The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” Bill Scott, chief of the San Francisco Police Department, told reporters on Friday.
Officers then tackled the assailant and took him into custody. He is facing attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, and burglary charges, Scott said, adding there will be “several other additional felonies.”
Nancy Pelosi was not in San Francisco during the attack, according to reports.