'California Man' Who Attacked Paul Pelosi Was Illegally in the United States

Susan Jones | November 3, 2022 | 8:16am EDT
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The shattered glass door of Paul and Nancy Pelosi's home in San Francisco. (Photo: Screen capture)
The shattered glass door of Paul and Nancy Pelosi's home in San Francisco. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday released a federal criminal complaint and supporting affidavit against David DePape, the homeless man who attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer after smashing his way into the Pelosi's San Francisco house.

But of all the facts detailed in the eight-page complaint/affidavit, this one was missing: DePape was in this country illegally.

Confirmation of that rumor appeared in Thursday's Washington Post, as follows:

"The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer is a Canadian citizen who was in the United States illegally and is facing possible deportation after his criminal cases are resolved, the Department of Homeland Security said late Wednesday.

“'U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer on Canadian national David DePape with San Francisco County Jail, Nov. 1, following his Oct. 28 arrest,' DHS officials said in an email."

But the first words of the Oct. 31 DOJ news release announcing the federal charges say this: "A California man was charged today with assault and attempted kidnapping in violation of federal law in connection with the break-in at the residence of Nancy and Paul Pelosi in San Francisco on Friday."

San Francisco is a sanctuary city.

The Washington Post also reported on Thursday:

"Relatives have told the media that DePape grew up in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, but his trajectory to Northern California has remained a mystery. Federal records show that DePape entered the United States legally on March 8, 2008, via Mexico. He crossed at the San Ysidro port of entry, an official border crossing that links San Diego County with Tijuana.

"Canadians traveling for business or pleasure generally do not require visas, officials said, and he was admitted as a “temporary visitor,” traveling for pleasure, DHS said.

"Canadians admitted for pleasure are generally permitted to stay for up to six months. DHS did not say precisely when DePape’s permission to stay in the United States expired."

DePape faces federal charges for "assault on the immediate family member of a federal official" and "attempted kidnapping of a federal official." He also faces a number of state charges, including assault, attempted murder and attempted kidnapping.

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