Posted For: Marion Roberts
The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer was in the country illegally, ICE sources told The Post Monday.
David DePape, who was hit with federal and local charges Monday in the violent attack on 82-year-old Paul Pelosi, was in the US illegally because he overstayed his visa, according to sources.
The 42-year-old suspect was born in Canada in 1980 and was in the US as early as 2001, sources said, citing his valid Social Security number, which can only be obtained with a job.
The Social Security number was obtained in Hawaii, sources said. It’s unclear how long DePape stayed in the country past the legal threshold.
DePape faces charges from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other criminal counts. He was also charged federally with attempted kidnapping and assault.
He allegedly broke into Nancy Pelosi’s house in a bid to find the House speaker, but only her husband was home in what San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins on Monday called a politically motivated attack.
Nancy Pelosi was in Washington, DC, at the time of the incident.
“Since the horrific attack on Paul early Friday, we have been deluged with thousands of messages conveying concern, prayers and warm wishes. We are most grateful,” the Democrat said in a statement Monday.
“Thanks to the excellent team at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Paul is making steady progress on what will be a long recovery process.
“Our family thanks everyone for their kindness.”