San Francisco Crime Wave Reaches Pelosi Household

Attacker invades Speaker's home yelling, badly injures husband Paul Pelosi

Paul Pelosi and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in 2019 / Grabien
October 28, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) husband was attacked early Friday morning at the couple's San Francisco home, bringing a growing crime wave to the doorstep of one of the nation's top Democratic lawmakers.

"Early this morning, an assailant broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi," the speaker's office said in a statement. Paul Pelosi was taken to a hospital and is "expected to make a full recovery."

The assailant, 42-year-old David Depape, is in custody and has been charged with attempted homicide. Depape's motive remains unclear. The New York Times reported on Friday morning that the hammer-wielding attacker came into the home screaming "Where is Nancy?" in search of the Democratic politician, according to a law enforcement source.

Nancy Pelosi was not home at the time.

"The speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved," the statement said, adding that the family requests privacy.

The attack comes as both violent and property crimes have spiked in San Francisco in recent years. A 2021 analysis ranked the city as more dangerous than 98 percent of American cities—with residents facing a 1-in-16 chance of being victims of property or violent crime each year.

Even with increasing crime across Democrat-run cities, Nancy Pelosi said this week that she "cannot believe" Americans would vote for Republicans.

In August, a court ordered Paul Pelosi to serve three years' probation for a May DUI incident.

Update 1:35 p.m.: This piece has been updated with additional information about the incident.