Paul Pelosi attacker says he was on ‘suicide mission,’ names other targets he planned to take out: police

Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker wasn’t only going after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) according to state prosecutors as a Tuesday court filing also claimed the suspect declared “this was a suicide mission.”

Facing charges that could land him anywhere from nearly 14 years to life in prison, David DePape pleaded not guilty Tuesday as District Attorney Brooke Jenkins moved to keep the suspect detained as a matter of public safety. In support of her argument, the motion detailing an account of the events surrounding the alleged burglary claimed the suspect had a list of other targets and “less restrictive alternatives…simply cannot protect public safety.”

“When asked if he had any other plans, Defendant named several targets, including a local professor, several prominent state and federal politicians, and relatives of those state and federal politicians,” the court documents stated after recapping the suspect’s supposed exchanges with Pelosi asking “Where’s Nancy?” and describing an unspecified group of people as “corrupt” and arguing “we’ve got to take them all out.”

After police were on scene and DePape had allegedly struck Pelosi with a hammer rendering him incapacitated and unresponsive, the filing claimed, “Without any questioning, Defendant told officers and medics at the scene, ‘I’m sick of the insane f*cking level of lies coming out of Washington, D.C. I came here to have a little chat with his wife.’ Defendant added: ‘I didn’t really want to hurt him, but you know this was a suicide mission. I’m not going to stand here and do nothing even if it cost me my life.’ ‘Hurting him was not my goal. I told him before I attacked him, that he’s escalating things, and I will go through him if I have to.'”

As previously covered, there has been a great deal of distrust surrounding the reporting of the alleged burglary as corporate media rushed to establish a motive for the incident before an investigation had been concluded. The only readily apparent detail according to retired Las Vegas detective Randy Sutton was that the suspect was “clearly an EDP. An emotionally disturbed person with an extensive history. Both a criminal history and a mental history as well.”

Much of the distrust of the reporting would, of course, go away with the release of police bodycam footage. However, in the filing, the prosecution stated, “The following Statement of Facts is based on San Francisco Police Department Incident Report number 220 741 717, the Chronological of Investigation, body worn camera footage, the 911 call, and law enforcement interviews, exhibits to this motion to be filed under seal.”

Pelosi could also clear the air by releasing her own private security footage as the court documents indicated, “Upon arrest, Defendant admitted that he intended to enter the home to take Speaker Nancy Pelosi hostage and, if Speaker Pelosi lied to him, he intended to break her kneecaps. Seeing Ring security cameras everywhere, Defendant knew he would be caught on camera.”

The documents further alleged that the suspect knew he was being recorded as details surrounding Pelosi calling the police were covered, “Defendant was surprised when he found Mr. Pelosi still asleep after making some so much (sic) noise to gain entry. When Mr. Pelosi attempted to enter the elevator near the bedroom, Defendant held the elevator door, thinking it would lead to a saferoom. When Mr. Pelosi called 911, Defendant knew the call was being recorded. But by calling 911, Defendant believed that Mr. Pelosi pushed him into a corner. Back in the bedroom, Defendant told Mr. Pelosi that he cannot be stopped; he has other targets. And later when police arrived, Defendant, not willing to surrender, yanked the hammer away and hit Mr. Pelosi with full force.”


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