New information reported by NBC News reveals that there are still some things that are odd about the Paul Pelosi attack.
There is no doubt that the husband of the House Speaker was brutally attacked and horribly injured, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery. Still, questions remain about his relationship – if any – to the attacker. If the accused assailant David DePape, 42, was not a friend or in any kind of relationship with Paul, why did he allow him to use the bathroom and to calmy call 9-1-1? Why did the glass appear to be broken in, and not out?
And now, NBC reports that when police arrived at the scene, Mr. Pelosi gave no indication that he was in danger, and instead of walking out to the police, he walked back into the home towards DePape, and it was only then that the struggle for the hammer during which Pelosi was gravely injured, ensued.
Police responded to a “high-priority call” and arrived at the home at 2:27 a.m. last Friday.
NBC News reported, “Officers were unaware that it was the home of the House speaker.”
Police purportedly performed a “knock and announce.” Pelosi opened the door for the officers.
Oddly, “The 82-year-old did not immediately declare an emergency or try to leave his home,” according to NBC News. “But instead, he began walking several feet back into the foyer, toward the assailant and away from police.”
The sources noted that police did not know if Pelosi was already injured or what his mental state was.
An officer asked the two men what was going on in the home.
According to court documents, DePape smiled and said, “Everything’s good.”
Seconds later, a struggle ensued, and then DePape hit Pelosi in the head with the hammer, according to police. Cops quickly tackled DePape.
Pelosi was reportedly lying in a puddle of his own blood after the hammer attack. He was unconscious for about three minutes, according to court documents.
Pelosi was rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and was diagnosed with a fractured skull. Pelosi was released from the hospital on Thursday, six days after the attack.
Authorities say Pelosi and DePape were alone inside the San Francisco home for 30 minutes – a questionable long time if Mr. Pelosi was in danger — before police arrived. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the attack.
Court documents stated that there were Ring security cameras “everywhere” at the Pelosi home in Pacific Heights.
The break-in was allegedly captured by video cameras that are usually monitored by Capitol Police, but officers were not watching the live feed at the time of the home invasion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
This footage has yet to be released to the public, nor has the body cam footage from officers on scene released.
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said access to some of the evidence, like police bodycam video and Pelosi’s 911 call, would not be released to the public, but instead would be “limited” to family members.
Despite his relationship – if any – with Paul Pelosi, DePape was charged by the state with attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, and threats to a public official and her family.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of California, DePape is also facing federal charges, with one count of assault of 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, which has a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. He is charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
DePape pleaded not guilty to the state charges. He is being held without bail.