NBC News reported new details about the moments when police officers arrived at the home of Paul and Nancy Pelosi. Strangely, Paul Pelosi answered the door, but did not inform officers that he was in danger, according to a new report. Instead of retreating to police officers, Pelosi reportedly walked back to the alleged home invader – who was wielding a hammer.
David DePape, 42, is accused of breaking into the San Francisco home and attacking Pelosi with a hammer.
During the home invasion, Pelosi was reportedly able to go to the bathroom – where his cell phone was charging – and call 911.
“Uh, he thinks everything’s good. Uh, I’ve got a problem, but he thinks everything’s good,” Pelosi told the 911 dispatcher – who suggested that he call back “if he changed his mind.”
Pelosi responded, “No, no, no, this gentleman just, uh, came into the house, uh, and he wants to wait for my wife to come home.”
“He’s telling me I’m being very lazy, so I’ve got to stop talking to you,” Pelosi said to the dispatcher. “No, he wants me to get the hell off the phone.”
Court documents said DePape “threatened to tie up Mr. Pelosi about 10 times.”
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.
“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 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.).
The Washington Post reported, “The officer in D.C. quickly pulled up additional camera angles from around Pelosi’s home and began to backtrack, watching recordings from the minutes before San Francisco police arrived. There, on camera, was a man with a hammer, breaking a glass panel and entering the speaker’s home, according to three people familiar with how Capitol Police learned of the break-in and who have been briefed on or viewed the video themselves.”
On Wednesday, 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.
“That meeting is happening today, so limited members are able to view that footage so that they can have certain questions in their mind answered. But it’s a very limited number of family members, and that should be going on as we speak,” Jenkins told CNN.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Jenkins if it is in the “public’s interest” to release evidence in the case to the public.
Jenkins responded, “For us, revealing that evidence through the media is just not what we think is appropriate. We want to make sure that this individual is held accountable for these egregious acts. For us, we’re going to make sure that we limit the evidence as much as possible in order to get that done,” she added.
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.