Paul Pelosi, husband of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelositook 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 bludgeoned during the October 28, 2022 attack in the middle of the night.
“The door opened and a very large man came in with a hammer in one hand and zip ties in the other and he said, ‘Where’s Nancy,’ because I think that woke me up,” he said. he declared. “I was sleeping and he burst in the door and it woke me up.”
Pelosi, 83, who said he did not activate the home security alarm, was left with a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands.
Federal prosecutors say DePape shattered his shoulder when he fell through a glass door in the back of Pelosis. Pacific Heights mansion and confronted a sleeping Paul Pelosi, who was wearing boxer shorts and a pajama top.
“Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” DePape asked, standing over Paul Pelosi around 2 a.m., holding a gavel and zip ties, according to court records. Nancy Pelosi was in Washington and under the protection of his security services, which do not extend to members of his family.
Paul Pelosi called 911 and two police officers showed up and saw DePape hit him in the head with a hammer, knocking him unconscious, authorities said. Prosecutors showed jurors police body camera footage of the attack.
DePape, 43, has pleaded not guilty attempted kidnapping of a federal official and assault against a member of the immediate family of a federal official with the aim of retaliating against that official for the performance of his duties.
Federal prosecutors brought in an FBI agent who recovered the electronic devices DePape was carrying, a US Capitol Police officer who monitors surveillance cameras at the Pelosis’ home and another who has protected Nancy Pelosi since 2006, and a Bay Area Rapid Transit police sergeant.
DePape’s defense attorneys said he fell for conspiracy theories that led him to believe the country was run by corrupt leaders. Prosecutors said he had been planning to attack Pelosi’s home for months.
He faces life in prison if convicted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.