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Editor’s Note: An original version of this story incorrectly stated that Paul Pelosi and his attacker were in their underwear when police showed up at his San Francisco residence. A fact check from USA Today has determined that to be false. “The claims are false. A news outlet mistakenly reported that DePape was in his underwear at the time of the attack, but has since published a correction. DePape was wearing shorts while Pelosi was wearing a pajama shirt and boxer shorts, police said,” USA Today stated in the fact check. We have corrected our headlines and reporting to reflect accurate information. We regret the error.
The attack on Paul Pelosi has gotten more curious as details emerge of the horrifying assault.
The husband of House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi was attacked by David DePape with a hammer, the Los Angeles Times reported. Pelosi said he had to use the bathroom and when he did he called 911 and left the line on so the dispatcher could hear him talking to the attacker.
In a communication between a dispatcher and a police car, the dispatcher says “there’s a male in the home and that he’s going to wait for his wife. The dispatcher said the man on the line “doesn’t know who the male is, but he advise that his name is David and then [said] he is a friend.” The caller, she added, “sounded somewhat confused.”
A law enforcement source in San Francisco said officials believe Pelosi was intentionally giving coded information because the intruder knew Pelosi was on the phone and wanted to signal to the dispatcher that something was wrong.
At a press conference Friday, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott praised Grimes’ quick thinking.
“She had to interpret what she was being told,” the police chief said. “And based on her experience and intuition, she basically figured out that there was something more to this incident than what she was being told. Her actions, in my opinion, resulted in both a higher-priority dispatch and a faster police response.”
When police arrived they found Pelosi and DePape each with a hand on the hammer but DePape immediately took the hammer from him and started attacking him with it as police tackled him.
“It was thanks to Mr Pelosi having the ability to make that call” and the “instincts of that dispatcher to realize something was wrong” that police were able to get to the scene quickly, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said to CNN. “They got there within two minutes to respond to this situation.”
— Ray Alexander (@rma1776) October 29, 2022
“Earlier this morning, Paul Pelosi was attacked at home by an assailant who acted with force, and threatened his life while demanding to see the Speaker, Speaker Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammill said.
“Mr. Pelosi was admitted to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent successful surgery to repair a skull fracture and serious injuries to his right arm and hands. His doctors expect a full recovery,” he said.
“The Speaker and her family are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers from friends, constituents and people around the country. The Pelosi family is immensely grateful to Mr. Pelosi’s entire medical team and the law enforcement officers who responded to the assault. The family appreciates respect for their privacy during this time,” he said.
The intruder in the home of House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi was looking for the 82-year-old representative.
The man, who has been arrested after attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer and hospitalizing him, shouted “Where is Nancy? Where is Nancy?” a source said to CNN.
“The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family. This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack. He is also very glad that a full recovery is expected. The President continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on behalf of President Joe Biden.
“Horrified and disgusted by the reports that Paul Pelosi was assaulted in his and Speaker Pelosi’s home last night. Grateful to hear that Paul is on track to make a full recovery and that law enforcement including our stellar Capitol Police are on the case,” Senate Minority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell said.
Horrified and disgusted by the reports that Paul Pelosi was assaulted in his and Speaker Pelosi's home last night. Grateful to hear that Paul is on track to make a full recovery and that law enforcement including our stellar Capitol Police are on the case.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) October 28, 2022
“What happened to Paul Pelosi last night is horrific. Heidi & I are praying for him & Nancy & the entire Pelosi family. May God’s protection be upon them. We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable,” Sen. Ted Cruz said.
What happened to Paul Pelosi last night is horrific.
Heidi & I are praying for him & Nancy & the entire Pelosi family. May God’s protection be upon them.
We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 28, 2022
Doug and I are appalled by the attack on Paul Pelosi, Speaker Pelosi’s husband. The entire Pelosi family is in our hearts and we wish him a speedy recovery.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) October 28, 2022
“Doug and I are appalled by the attack on Paul Pelosi, Speaker Pelosi’s husband. The entire Pelosi family is in our hearts and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Vice President Kamala Harris said.