(CNN) — A man who allegedly assaulted Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at their San Francisco home is expected to be charged with multiple felonies on Monday, according to San Francisco police officials. His processing is expected on Tuesday.
“We are working closely with federal and local law enforcement partners in this investigation. We will be filing several criminal charges on Monday and we hope so [el sospechoso David DePape] be processed on Tuesday. DePape will be held accountable for his heinous crimes.” the San Francisco District Attorney tweetedBrooke Jenkins, Friday night.
Here’s a rundown of what we know and don’t know yet about the attack:
how the attack happened
The intruder, identified by police as 42-year-old David DePape, confronted 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer early Friday morning and yelled, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” according to a law enforcement source. The gunman tried to tie Pelosi up “until Nancy gets home,” two sources familiar with the situation told CNN.
Pelosi called 911 when she encountered the man threatening him and left the line open so the dispatcher could listen to her conversation with DePape, speaking in code but making it clear she needed help, according to a police source.
San Francisco police entered the home around 2:27 a.m. local time Friday (5:27 a.m. Miami time) and found Pelosi struggling with the man, who has since been identified as DePape, according to the city’s police chief. Agents saw DePape “violently assault” Pelosi with a hammer before knocking him down and arresting him.
“Thanks to Mr. Pelosi for being able to make that call, and really the dispatcher’s attention and instincts to realize that something was wrong in that situation and to make the call to the police a priority.” to get there within two minutes to respond,” Jenkins told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Friday.
Police said DePape entered through a back door and it was unclear if he bypassed security measures.
Pelosi was taken to a hospital after the attack and underwent “successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to her right arm and hand,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Nancy Pelosi, said in a statement Friday night. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The reason is unknown
The authorities announced on Friday that the suspect is in hospital with minor injuries.
DePape was not known to the U.S. Capitol Police and was not in any federal database that tracks threats, according to three sources briefed on the investigation. But he posted memes and conspiracy theories on Facebook about Covid-19 vaccines, the 2020 election and the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement Friday that they are assisting the FBI and San Francisco police “in a joint investigation” of the burglary.
Law enforcement officials did not provide a motive for the attack, but San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said at a news conference Friday that the attack was “intentional” and “not a random act.”
“It’s wrong. Our elected officials are here to do the jobs of their cities, their counties, their states and this nation. Their families are not going to put up with this, for them to be harmed, and it’s wrong,” Scott said.
The fear of political violence is growing
Nancy Pelosi was not home at the time of the attack, but traveled to California on Friday to be with her husband. Security details for lawmakers, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, do not protect their spouses when members of Congress are not with them. Pelosi was able to speak with her husband after the attack and before he was taken into surgery, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The attack reverberated in Washington, prompting outpourings of sympathy and condemnation from congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle. He also highlighted fears of political violence directed against MPs following the January 6 uprising, as well as other high-profile violent incidents that have directly harmed MPs in recent years.
President Joe Biden described the attack on Paul Pelosi as “despicable” and directly linked the attack to rising tensions from right-wing extremism.
“This is despicable. There is no place in America, there is too much violence, political violence. Too much hate. Too much vitriol,” Biden said at a fundraising dinner in Philadelphia on Friday.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Friday that he was “appalled and appalled” by the reports, while House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office said it had contacted Pelosi.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, speaking on the campaign trail Saturday, asked people to pray for Paul Pelosi and think about what led to the brutal attack.
“I want you to think about the environment that has been created in America by some who would bring us down, who would turn against each other, who would demean our Constitution and our declaration and proposition that ‘all men and women are created equal,'” he said. Democrat from Maryland. “We say, ‘These truths are self-evident,’ but they are not enforceable in themselves. It is up to us to ensure that America survives the hatred and division that so many are creating in our country.”
Authorities in San Francisco are calling on the public to come forward with information about the attack.
“While an arrest has been made, this remains an open investigation,” San Francisco police said in a statement.
Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD tip line at 1-415-575-4444.
CNN’s Jamie Gangel, Clare Foran, Whitney Wild, Sam Fossum and John Miller contributed to this report.