David DePape who brutally attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer claims he was on a 'suicide mission'

According to the court documents, the suspect had also allegedly planned to target other local and federal officials, and their family members

David DePape who brutally attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer claims he was on a 'suicide mission'
David DePape (R) reportedly attacked Paul Pelosi (L) with a hammer in his home in California (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images and Inside Edition screenshot/YouTube )
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: David DePape, the man accused of brutally attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer, allegedly told police he was on "suicide mission".

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This shocking piece of news was revealed in a new court filing obtained by the Associated Press. On Tuesday, November 1, 2022, DePape pleaded not guilty to all charges in a state arraignment. The documents were filed by prosecutors with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. According to the documents, the suspect had allegedly planned to target other local and federal officials, and their family members. A judge had ordered that DePape be held without bail. Adam Lipson, DePape's public defender, promised a “comprehensive investigation of what happened.” He explained how he met the suspect this week and would be “looking into” his mental state in the future". He also urged the public to not pass judgment on the "complicated situation".

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San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins' office charged DePape with attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, and threats to a public official and their family. He faces 13 years to life behind bars if convicted, according to the district attorney. The state indictment was announced just hours after charges of assault and attempted kidnapping was issued against DePape. Both the charges carry possible sentences of decades behind bars.

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Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi's son has confirmed that doctors are slowly putting his father, Paul Pelosi, back together after he was attacked by a man with a hammer. “They are rebuilding him slowly,” Paul Pelosi Jr said outside the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, according to New York Post. The son was reportedly visiting his father at the hospital at the time. Sources said that Nancy stayed by her husband's side for several hours on Monday, October 1, 2022, the same day his son gave the update.

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DePape has been accused of breaking into the couple’s San Francisco home on Friday, October 28, and attacking 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer. The suspect broke into the house and yelled, "Where's Nancy?" and then allegedly tried to tie Paul up, saying they were going to wait “until Nancy got home.”

Paul's skull was left fractured after the attack and Pelosi said her family is “heartbroken and traumatized." “Yesterday morning, a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me, and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” she wrote in a letter to her congressional colleagues on Saturday, October 28, 2022. “Our children, our grandchildren, and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack on our Pop,” she added. Paul managed to save himself by calling 911 from the bathroom. 

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