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BREAKING: Alleged Pelosi attacker David DePape pleads not guilty

42-year-old DePape faces charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, residential burglary, false imprisonment of an elder, elder abuse, and threats to a public official and her family.

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On Tuesday, David DePape, the man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home and assaulting her husband, Paul Pelosi, on October 28, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing to a number of felony charges.

42-year-old DePape faces charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, residential burglary, false imprisonment of an elder, elder abuse, and threats to a public official and her family, according to Fox News.

DePape appeared in person for his arraignment on Tuesday afternoon, wearing a cast, which public defender Adam Lipson later revealed was because his client had sustained a dislocated shoulder.

A bail hearing is scheduled for November 4 at 9 am. DePape is being held without bail until then.

DePape is also facing federal charges in connection to the attack.

82-year-old Paul Pelosi suffered a fractured skull during the attack, sending him to the hospital. Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill said that he is expected to make a full recovery.

DePape was also hospitalized after the attack, suffering unspecified injuries. He was booked into the San Francisco County Jail early Tuesday.

District Attorney Brooke Jenkins revealed on Monday that on the night of October 28, DePape broke in through a rear glass door, and snuck into the bedroom where Paul Pelosi was sleeping. She said that there was no security present at the time.

Jenkins said that DePape had arrived at the home with at least two hammers as well as kidnapping supplies, including zip ties. She said that the attack appeared to be politically motivated, and that the Pelosi’s home was targeted.

According to Fox News, a federal affidavit alleged that DePape told investigators his plan was to "kneecap" Nancy Pelosi if he caught her lying.

"Pelosi stated that his wife would not be home for several days, and then DePape reiterated that he would wait," according to the affidavit.

Paul Pelosi called 911 from a bathroom, and when San Francisco police officers arrived at the scene, DePape and Paul Pelosi struggled, ending with DePape hitting Paul Pelosi in the head with a hammer. DePape was arrested.

On Monday, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement source told Fox News that DePape is in the US illegally, overstaying a visa.

DePape was previously in a romantic relationship with 53-year-old Oxane 'Gypsy' Taub, a convicted pedophile who stalked a 14-year-old boy whom she met through one of her sons.

Taub, calling from the California Institution For Women in Corona, California, spoke to local ABC news on Sunday and said, "He is mentally ill. He has been mentally ill for a long time."

DePape has also been accused of child sexual abuse by Taub's daughter, Inti Gonzalez. 

Writing for substack Michael Shellenberger said, "Neighbors described DePape as a homeless addict with politics that was, until recently, left-wing, but of secondary importance to his psychotic and paranoid behavior."

This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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