Pelosi home invasion attack suspect had zip ties and duct tape: Sources

The suspect arrested in the violent home invasion of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco residence and the stabbing attack on her 82-year-old husband was carrying a bag containing duct tape and zip ties, said two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation. ABC News Sunday.

Investigators discovered the contents of the bag suspect David Depape had with him at the time of the attack, after obtaining the necessary search warrants to open it, the sources said.

The zip ties, in particular, echoed what several suspects were carrying during the Jan. 6 uprising at the United States Capitol in Washington, including some who went inside the building as they searched officials, including Pelosi, in order to take them captive. , officials said.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, whose office is handling the case and the prosecution, told ABC News she would not comment on recovered evidence due to the ongoing investigation.

Federal and local investigators are investigating the background and movements of a man accused of breaking into Pelosi’s home. Other search warrants are being sought and/or executed, sources told ABC News.

Police identified the suspect as Depape, 42, accusing him of attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer when officers responded to a priority welfare check at 2:27 a.m. local time on Friday.

Federal charges are not necessarily imminent, but remain a real possibility given early evidence suggesting the suspect appeared to be motivated to break into the home, at least in part, to get to the speaker, sources say.

The social media posts, which authorities are increasingly convinced are from the suspect, are described as strongly anti-government and are one of the focal points of the investigation at the moment, to see if an exact motive can be determined.

The attack was intentional and not random, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said Friday.

In the early hours of Friday morning, the suspect was seen approaching the house and breaking in through a sliding glass door.

Once inside, the suspect would move around and at some point start asking where the speaker was.

There is then a confrontation with Paul Pelosi. Sources do not know how long this lasted before police arrived.

Paul Pelosi, husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, is pictured at the Vatican, October 9, 2021.

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Responding officers arrived at the scene to find Paul Pelosi and Depape with one hand on a hammer as they responded to the home, police said Friday.

When they ordered the two men to drop the gun, “Mr. Depape removed the hammer from Mr. Pelosi and violently attacked him with the hammer,” Scott told reporters at a press briefing on Friday. evening.

Paul Pelosi has been punched at least twice, sources told ABC News. It is unclear if both shots happened in the presence of police or if one happened before they arrived.

Officers then approached the suspect and disarmed him, police said.

Paul Pelosi underwent successful surgery on Friday to repair a fractured skull and “serious injuries” to his right arm and hands after he was “violently assaulted” by the suspect, according to a spokesperson. Two sources familiar with the matter told ABC News his injuries were “significant.”

President Joe Biden said he spoke to the speaker and her husband earlier on Saturday and that Paul Pelosi “seems to be doing much better.”

“Looks like he’s going to fully recover,” Biden told reporters.

He also noted that it appears the speaker was the intended target.

“I don’t know for sure, but it sounds like it was meant for Nancy. I kept asking, ‘Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?'” Biden said.

ABC News’ Molly Nagle and Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.