Intruder attacks husband of US House Speaker Pelosi in California home

© Joshua Roberts, Reuters

An intruder attacked the husband of the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a hammer after breaking into their California home Friday, police said, leaving him needing hospital treatment.

US media reported that the intruder shouted "Where's Nancy?" during the attack -- suggesting that his motivation was political -- but San Francisco police chief Bill Scott said a motive had not yet been determined.

Police said officers found the assailant at the couple's home just before 2:30 am (0930 GMT), where he and Paul Pelosi were scuffling over a hammer.

The speaker, who is second in line to the presidency, was in Washington at the time.

"When the officers arrived on scene they encountered an adult male and Mrs. Pelosi's husband, Paul," chief Scott told reporters, declining to take questions.

"Our officers observed Mr. Pelosi and a suspect both holding a hammer. The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it."

The chief identified the assailant as 42-year-old David Depape and said he would be charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and other felonies.

Nancy Pelosi's spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement that the speaker's 82-year-old husband was "receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery."

President Joe Biden called Pelosi, also 82, to express his support over the "horrible attack" and was praying for her husband, the White House said.

Republican House whip Steve Scalise said he was "disgusted" by the attack.


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