The man accused of attacking the husband of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told police he wanted to take her hostage and “break her kneecaps”, according to court papers. David DePape, 42, has been charged with assault and attempted kidnapping by the US Justice Department counts which carry up to 50 years in prison.
According to the court papers, Mr DePape told police that he was going to hold Mrs Pelosi hostage and talk to her.
If the veteran Italian-American lawmaker told him the “truth,” she would be released but if she lied, he intended to “break her kneecaps”, it has been reported.
Mr DePape is accused of breaking into the Pelosi household in San Francisco on Friday and assaulting Mr Pelosi, 82.
According to the federal affidavit filed on Monday Mr DePape confronted Mr Pelosi as he slept in the bedroom.
Mr DePape demanded to speak to “Nancy” and said he would wait when Mr Pelosi explained that she wasn’t home.
This was despite the fact that Mr Pelosi revealed that his wife wouldn’t be home for a few days.
The court papers revealed that Mr DePape viewed Mrs Pelosi as the “leader of the pack” of the lies told by the Democratic Party.
Mr DePape insisted that by breaking Mrs Pelosi’s kneecaps it would mean that she would have to be taken into Congress in a wheelchair, something that would act as a warning for her colleagues.
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However, doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
A number of items were recovered from Mr Pelosi’s bedroom including zip ties, white rope, a hammer, one pair of rubber and cloth gloves and a journal inside Mr DePape’s backpack, according to the Justice Department.
Mrs Pelosi was in Washington DC at the time having recently returned from a security summit in Europe.