(WFLA) — Paul Pelosi, husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was hospitalized Friday morning after being attacked at home, according to officials.
A statement from Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said the “violent assault” happened early Friday morning at the family’s home in San Francisco.
San Francisco police Chief Bill Scott said officers were sent to the Pelosi household at 2:27 a.m. on a well-being check.
Upon arrival, officers saw Paul Pelosi and his alleged assailant, 42-year-old David Depape, both holding a hammer. Scott said the attacker snatched the hammer and began beating the 82-year-old with it.
“Our officers immediately tackled the suspect, disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup, and rendered medical aid,” the chief said.
“Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery,” Hammill said.
Nancy Pelosi was not in San Francisco at the time of the attack.
“The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time,” Hammill said.
According to the Associated Press, two sources familiar with the matter said Paul Pelosi was beaten with a hammer, causing injuries to his head and body. While officers said the motive behind the attack is still under investigation, the AP sources said the attack specifically targeted the home, and Depape allegedly shouted “Where’s Nancy” before attacking Paul Pelosi.
President Joe Biden condemned the attacks and was thankful that the speaker’s husband would recover.
“The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family,” a White House statement said. “This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack. He is also very glad that a full recovery is expected. The President continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected.”
Depape faces charges of attempted homicide, elder abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon, among others.