The 82-year-old Mr. Pelosi sustained severe injuries to his right arm and hands in addition to a fractured head.
The guy is alleged to have broken into the San Francisco home and then requested to see Mrs. Pelosi.
A 42-year-old male is in custody on suspicion of several crimes, including attempted murder. The reason is unknown.
Mrs. Pelosi, who was in Washington DC on the opposite side of the country when the attack happened, took a flight to visit her husband in the hospital.
An attack on Mr. Pelosi occurred early on Friday morning, according to a spokeswoman for the senior Member, “by an assailant who acted with force, threatened his life while demanding to see the Speaker.”
According to Drew Hammill, Mrs. Pelosi’s spokesman, he underwent surgery at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the physicians anticipate a complete recovery.
Police showed up to a report at approximately 02:27 local time (09:27 GMT) on Friday, according to San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, during a media briefing.
Police have identified the suspect as David DePape. When they arrived, they discovered Mr. Pelosi and the suspect squabbling over a hammer. The intruder had taken the hammer from Mr. Pelosi and was afterward viciously assaulting him with it. Police claimed that Mr. Pelosi had been beaten at least once.
Police officers tackled the suspect and took his weapon away. According to law enforcement officials, he had tried to tie up Mr Pelosi “until Nancy got home.” Where’s Nancy? he reportedly said during the incident.
According to Chief Scott, he is also accused of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and several other offenses.
He claimed that the suspect had entered the four-bedroom Pelosi home in the affluent Pacific Heights neighbourhood through a back entryway. The property’s glass door is broken in the video.
The suspected invader is currently hospitalised, Chief Scott said at a press conference on Friday evening, although he would not elaborate on his health.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Pelosi pretended to need to use the restroom before making a covert 911 call on his mobile phone and leaving the line open so a dispatcher could overhear him speaking to the suspect.
According to Chief Scott, Mr. Pelosi had contacted the police, and a perceptive emergency operator had “read between the lines” to send officers.
“This was not a random act,” stated the police chief about the attack. “This was intentional.”
He remarked: “Everybody should be disgusted by what happened this morning.”
Under the name of the accused shown, there are blogs, websites, and social media accounts that are rife with anti-Semitic caricatures, Genocide denial, allusions to far-right websites, and connections to conspiracy theories like QAnon.
Additionally, he published disproved election fraud claims. His most recent posts were disorganised, covering a variety of far-right and extremist talking points.
Older texts from the suspect advertise quartz crystals and hemp jewellery. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he was also an activist for nudism and cited the Green Party as his political affiliation.
Before relocating to the US and growing apart from his relatives there, the suspect spent his formative years in the province of British Columbia in western Canada, according to his stepfather.
One of the nation’s most influential lawmakers is Nancy Pelosi. She was re-elected to a fourth term as Leader of the House of Representatives in 2021, moving her ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris in the presidential succession.
The native of Baltimore has served as the congressional representative for the San Francisco region since 1987, and she normally alternates between California and Washington, DC.
Prior to the midterm elections on November 8th, she is now raising money and running campaigns for Democrats across the nation.
The US government sent a statement to law enforcement in all 50 states a few hours after the incident, warning of a “heightened threat” of domestic violent extremism directed at contenders and election officials by those with “ideological grievances.”
Her partner was born and reared in San Francisco and is the wealthy founder of a venture capital company.
Five children have been born to the couple since their marriage began in 1963. She is one of the wealthiest members of Congress according to their combined net worth, which is mostly derived from Mr. Pelosi’s assets.
Since the riot at the US Capitol in January 2021, members of Congress have been on high alert regarding security risks. During the incident, supporters of then-President Donald Trump ransacked Mrs. Pelosi’s office in the building.
President Joe Biden is “pray[ing] for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s entire family,” according to a statement from the White House.