Who is David DePape? Suspect accused of attacking Paul Pelosi identified by officials

DePape's online history revealed anti-Semitism and a preoccupation conspiracy theories (image via David DePape)

On October 28, Friday, 42-year-old David DePape was accused of assaulting 82-year-old businessman Paul Pelosi, the husband of politician Nancy Pelosi.

CNN reported that David DePape allegedly broke into Pelosi's San Francisco home at approximately 2 am before attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer. Fox News claimed that police responded to the scene almost immediately, arresting the suspect on charges of several felonies, including burglary and attempted homicide.

During a Friday press conference, William Scott, Chief of the San Francisco Police Department, said:

“The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it. Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup and rendered medical aid.”

The San Francisco Police were called after Paul Pelosi called 911 while the suspect was looking away. Authorities noted that the case remains under investigation by the FBI and Capitol Police. As of now, the suspect's motivation for the assault remains unknown.

All there is to know about David DePape

According to the Associated Press, David DePape was raised in Canada until the age of 14. He grew up in Powell River, British Columbia, before supposedly moving to San Francisco at the age of 22 to follow an older girlfriend, before eventually settling in the college town of Berkeley.

David's stepfather, Gene DePape, expressed his surprise when he heard about the accusations against the suspect.

He said:

“David was never violent that I seen and was never in any trouble although he was very reclusive and played too much video games."

In a 2013 San Francisco Chronicle article, DePape was identified as a hemp jewelry maker who lived with a nudist activist.

Today News reported that his online history displayed both liberal anti-establishment and far-right extremist views, with many of his posts exploring conspiracy theories surrounding communism, vaccines and aliens.

According to an account by California woman Linda Schneider, DePape shared his views with her through a series of emails.

She said:

“(David DePape was a) megalomaniac (who was) so out of touch with reality."

She continued:

“(I stopped communicating with him) because it seemed so dangerous."

Another California woman, Laura Hayes, said:

“He was very odd. He didn’t make eye contact very well. He talks to angels and there will be a hard time coming.”

While San Francisco authorities have not confirmed why DePape allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi, they suspect that his intended target was 82-year-old Nancy Pelosi.

In response to the police report, when authorities arrived at the scene, DePape said:

“We are waiting for Nancy.”

In an official press conference, Nancy Pelosi stated that she intends to file charges against the suspect. BBC reported that in the wake of the attack, Paul Pelosi had to be treated for a fractured skull as well as injuries to his right arm and hands.

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Edited by Aurko Maitra
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