Paul Pelosi’s attacker David DePape in the US illegally on an overstay visa
The man accused of attacking the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosis with a hammer was in the country illegally, ICE sources told the Post Monday.
David DePape, who faced state and local charges Monday over the violent assault on 82-year-old Paul Pelosi, was in the United States illegally for overstaying his visa, sources said.
The 42-year-old suspect was born in Canada in 1980 and was in the US as early as 2001, sources said, citing his valid social security number, which can only be obtained with a job.
The social security number was obtained in Hawaii, sources said. It’s unclear how long DePape stayed in the country past the legal threshold.
DePape is being charged by the San Francisco County Attorney’s Office with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and other felonies. He also faced federal charges of attempted kidnapping and assault.
He allegedly broke into Nancy Pelosi’s home to find the Speaker of the House, but only her husband was home in what San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins called a politically motivated attack on Monday.
Nancy Pelosi was in Washington, DC at the time of the incident.
“Since the horrific attack on Paul early Friday, we have been inundated with thousands of messages expressing concern, prayers and heartfelt wishes. We are very grateful,” the Democrat said in a statement Monday.
“Thanks to the amazing team at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Paul is making steady progress in a long journey of recovery.
“Our family thanks everyone for their kindness.”