California state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, said he remembered alleged attacker Paul Pelosi from the 2013 nudist protests over San Francisco’s ban on public nudity.
David DePape, 42, is accused of attacking Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at their home in San Francisco early Friday morning.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said DePape is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and other crimes in connection with the attack, which happened after 2 a.m.
Police were responding to a well-being check when officers found DePape and Paul Pelosi struggling with a hammer, according to Scott, who added that officers saw DePape take the hammer from Paul Pelosi, who then “violently assaulted him.”
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According to a law enforcement source, the suspect yelled, “Where’s Nancy, where’s Nancy?”
Wiener, a California state senator from the San Francisco area, told Fox News Digital that he remembers DePape from pro-nudism protests in 2013.
“[DePape] It felt very familiar from when we were dealing with public nudity in 2012/2013,” said Wiener.
The protests came after Wiener sponsored legislation banning public nudity in 2012, ABC7 reports.
Weiner said DePape has been linked to Gypsy Taub, who is a nudist activist in Berkeley.
“[DePape] she was associated with this woman named Gypsy Taub, who was like this very creepy person who, in addition to her activism around public nudity, was a 9/11 denier,” Weiner said. “She was the ringleader, and he was extremely aggressive and scary. … And I think he was one of the people in her work.”
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The California state senator said Taub and DePape were not considered “regular” nudist activists, but “were more aggressive” and “were creepy.”
“I just want to, you know, make it clear that they were in a different category than normal [nudist activists]Wiener said.
DePape was tackled by officers, who then took him into custody. Police are investigating a possible motive for the attack.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said Friday afternoon that Paul Pelosi is expected to make a full recovery after surgery for a fractured skull and other injuries.
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“This morning, Paul Pelosi was attacked at home by an assailant who used force and threatened his life when he demanded to see the speaker,” Hammill said. “Mr. Pelosi was admitted to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands. His doctors expect a full recovery.”