Paul Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, took the stand Monday in the trial of David DePape, the man who brutally attacked him with a hammer in the couple’s San Francisco home last year.
During the proceedings, Pelosi recalled being beaten during the October 28, 2022, midnight attack.
He added: “The door opened and a very large man came in carrying a hammer in one hand and some ties in the other. He said: Where is Nancy? I think that woke me up.” “I’m asleep and he burst in the door and woke me up.”
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Pelosi, 83, who said he did not set a home security alarm, suffered a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands.
Federal prosecutors say DiPepe smashed his shoulder as he passed a glass panel on a door at the back of Pelosi’s mansion in Pacific Heights, and confronted a sleeping Paul Pelosi, who was wearing boxer shorts and a pajama top.
“Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” DePipe asked as he stood over Paul Pelosi at about 2 a.m. holding a gavel and ties, according to court records. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington and under the protection of her security guard, which does not extend to family members.
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Authorities said Paul Pelosi called 911 and two police officers arrived and saw Debab hit him in the head with a hammer, knocking him unconscious. Prosecutors showed the jury body camera footage of the attack.
Debab, 43, has pleaded not guilty to attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assault on a member of a federal official’s immediate family with the intent to retaliate against the official for performing his duties.
Federal prosecutors have presented an FBI agent who collected electronic devices Debab was carrying, a U.S. Capitol Police officer who monitored security cameras at Pelosi’s home, another who had protected Nancy Pelosi since 2006, and a Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Sgt.
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Dieppe’s defense lawyers said he fell into the trap of conspiracy theories that led him to believe that the country was run by corrupt leaders. Prosecutors said he had been planning to attack Pelosi’s home for months.
He faces life imprisonment if convicted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.