Police identified the suspect later Friday as David DePape and said he would be charged with attempted homicide.
The suspect who violently attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband early Friday was searching for her, two sources briefed on the incident told NBC News. The sources said that before the assault occurred, the intruder confronted Paul Pelosi, 82, shouting, “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?” One of the sources, a senior U.S. official briefed on the matter, added that the investigation is still developing. San Francisco’s chief of police, Bill Scott, said in a statement to the press Friday morning that the suspect, who was taken into custody, is 42-year-old David DePape. Scott said that police arrived at the Pelosis’ home just before 2:30 a.m. PT and observed “Mr. Pelosi and the suspect both holding a hammer. The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it.”