Paul Pelosi, a businessman and venture capitalist, and the husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), successfully underwent surgery to his skull on Friday morning, after surviving a physical attack by someone who police say tried to kill him.
“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,” spokesman for Nancy Pelosi’s office, Drew Hammill, said in a statement late Friday.
“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.
“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.”
A San Francisco Police Department spokesperson earlier confirmed to The Epoch Times that an 82-year-old male was attacked during an early morning break-in at a home in the 2600 block of Broadway, and that officers responded at approximately 2:27 a.m.
The suspect, 42-year-old David DePape, was arrested at the Pelosi home early Friday. He is being booked into jail on charges including attempted homicide, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told a press conference. DePape will also face assault with deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and several other additional felonies, Scott said.
Pelosi and DePape were both transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries, Scott noted.
At a news conference late Friday, Scott provided more details of when police arrived at the Pelosi home. He said that when they knocked on the front door, the door was “opened by someone inside,” but didn’t specify who that person was.
Scott said that officers then stood at the door and watched as Paul Pelosi struggled over control of a hammer with the attacker, before the attacker snatched the hammer and hit Pelosi in the head at least once, after which officers ran in and tackled the suspect.