Six days after he fractured his skull in a vicious attack, Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was discharged from Zuckerberg’s San Francisco General Hospital.
Mr. Pelosi, 82, is resting at home, recovering from injuries to his head, arm and hand. He spent most of his hospital time in the intensive care unit, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“The Pelosi family is grateful for the beautiful outpouring of love, support, and prayers from around the world,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Paul is grateful to the 911 operator, emergency responders, trauma care team, ICU staff, and the entire medical staff at ZSFGH for their excellent, emotional, lifesaving treatments received after a violent assault in our home.”
She added that her husband “remains under the care of doctors, as he continues his progress in the long process of recovery and recovery. He is now at home surrounded by his family who are asking for privacy.”
A 42-year-old man, named David Debaby, has been accused by federal prosecutors of the attempted kidnapping of Ms. Pelosi and the assault of a relative of a federal official after the couple’s home in San Francisco was broken into on October 28. He also pleaded not guilty on Tuesday Several state felonies.
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Mr. Debaby, who has espoused far-right conspiracy theories, hit Mr. Pelosi with a hammer in front of police, according to prosecutors, and He told the investigators He would like to break Pelosi’s knees if she “lied” and saw her “entering Congress on wheels” as a lesson to other lawmakers.
The early morning storming of Peluses’ home, in the upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood, was detailed in a file filed by local prosecutors this week in which they argued that Mr. Dibab should be held without bail. On Friday, prosecutors and Mr. DePape’s defense team will appear before a San Francisco judge, who will set a date for his pre-trial and bail hearing.
Mr. DePape, who brought in a zipper and two hammers, smashed a glass door in the back of the house and confronted Mr. Pelosi, who was sleeping in his bedroom, according to two filings released this week by federal and state attorneys general. . The suspect demanded to meet Pelosi, who was in Washington at the time, according to authorities.
After some discussion, Mr. DePape allowed Mr. Pelosi to use the bathroom, as Mr. Pelosi called 911 and attempted to surreptitiously indicate to the sender that he was in trouble while Mr. DePape was listening in on the call, prosecutors said. When the police officers arrived at the house, they saw the two men, who had gone downstairs, struggling to get hold of one of the hammers.
Mr. Dibab pulled the gavel away from Pelosi and struck him on the head before officers confronted him and handcuffed him. “Mr. Pelosi remained unresponsive for about three minutes, waking up in a pool of his blood,” according to local prosecutors.
Later, according to the same file, Mr. DePape told officers that he was there on a “suicide mission”, looking for Ms Pelosi, and that he had other targets as well: a local professor and several state and federal politicians, as well as their relatives.
“I am tired of the insane level of lies coming out of Washington, D.C.,” Mr. Dibab told officers, according to authorities.
Mr. DePape grew up in British Columbia in Canada and moved to California about two decades ago. For years, Mr. DePape lived in Berkeley, California, where he was at times homeless, before moving to a garage in nearby Richmond about two years ago.
Mr. DePape was simple, quiet, and a hardworking worker, according to Frank Cicarelli, a carpenter he had employed over the past six years. Chicarelli said he also started to embrace political conspiracy theories and believed the 2020 elections had been stolen.
A few years ago, Mr. Ciccarelli tried to help Mr. DePape, taking him off the street to his friend’s garage. But Mr Ciccarelli believes that has given Mr DePape greater access to the internet, allowing him to become more isolated and captivated by his dark thoughts.
Mr. DePape seems to have blog books Full of hype about the 2020 election, anti-Semitic beliefs and QAnon conspiracy theories. “He went down the rabbit hole,” said Chicarelli.
On Tuesday, Adam Lipson, Mr DePape’s public defender, noted that “his client’s vulnerability to political disinformation and propaganda could be a potential strategy for his legal defence.
“That’s definitely something we’ll look at,” said Mr. Lipson.
Holly will be Contribute to the preparation of reports.
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