People who live in the same Richmond, California, neighborhood as alleged assailant David DePape describe him as odd and quiet.
DePape told San Francisco police he planned to hold House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hostage and talk to her, according to the criminal complaint filed by FBI agent Stephanie Minor.
“If Nancy were to tell DEPAPE the ‘truth,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he was going to break ‘her kneecaps,’ Minor declared in the complaint. “DEPAPE was certain that Nancy would not have told the ‘truth.'”
Fox News further reported:
David DePape, 42, faces a slew of felony charges in relation to the attack, which required Paul Pelosi to undergo surgery to repair a skull fracture in addition to other injuries.
District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced the charges – including attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse, among others – during a news conference Monday.
Neighbors of DePape, who was living in a garage in Richmond, California, told reporters Monday that DePape often isolated himself from other people.
“He was an odd guy,” Jin Molnar, one of DePape’s neighbors, said.
When asked about DePape’s politics, Molnar said he was influenced by conservative media in recent years, adding that he was “gravitating towards the new right talking points.”
Molnar said he had worked on the same job site as DePape and said he saw no signs of violence in the suspect, but was not 100% surprised.
“I also was, a little bit, saying ‘oh no’ to myself, because I more or less knew this would happen,” Molnar said. “He didn’t do anything violent or reckless, but that would be the perfect cover for buying his time until he had the chance to do something.”
When asked why he thought DePape went to the Pelosis’ residence and allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi, Molnar said he believed “his intention was to go in and traumatize” Nancy Pelosi.
Molnar also said DePape’s early life in Canada, where he was born, was “rough,” and said that his grandmother “poured hot water on him once.”
When asked about the boiling water claim, Joanne Robinson, DePape’s sister, told Fox News Digital it was an accident and said that he “had loving parents.”
“He did not grow up in an abusive family. He had loving parents. He does have a burn from a scalding kettle, but that was a grandma tripping over a toddler completely on accident,” Robinson said.
Another one of DePape’s neighbors, Nancy Freeman, said DePape was “very quiet.”
“The whole thing is kind of mysterious. We know as just as anybody else knows,” she said of DePape’s alleged actions.
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