A Fox News report has uncovered that the man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi is an illegal immigrant from Canada.
According to the report, David DePape, the 42-year-old, overstayed his visa and was living inside the United States illegally.
An Immigrations and Customers Enforcement source told Fox News Monday that DePape is in the U.S. illegally after a “longtime” visa overstay.
He was born in Canada and emigrated to the U.S. about 20 years ago.
Federal agents have also charged Depape who is now facing 50 years in prison.
“DePape is charged with one count of assault of an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said. “DePape is also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.”
We previously reported, NBC News reporter Tom Winter reported that San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said in an interview that accused attacker David DePape, 42, ‘was able to get into the Pelosi bedroom where Paul Pelosi was.’ Jenkins said investigators have been able to talk with DePape.
Winter also confirmed that a third person was in the Pelosi home at the time of the attack on the 82-year-old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-). Nancy Pelosi was reportedly in Washington, D.C. at the time of the attack early Friday morning. S.F. police said late Friday an “unknown person” answered the door when police arrived in response to a mysterious 911 call by Paul Pelosi. Police said Pelosi was able to excuse himself from DePape and go into a bathroom where is cellphone was charging to initiate the 911 call where Pelosi allegedly spoke in code and described the intruder as “David.”
The news that DePape was in the Pelosi bedroom with Paul is sure to fuel concerns that the initial reports were not telling the whole story. Reports have said DePape broke into the home and was yelling, “Where’s Nancy?”
WATCH: DePape gained access to Speaker Pelosi’s bedroom, San Francisco DA tells @Tom_Winter.
“[He has] been interviewed by police. …[He is] expected to be charged on state charges tomorrow. … Federal authorities could move forward with charges in a parallel investigation.” pic.twitter.com/XYdy6NNZlN
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 30, 2022
Winter also reported as other mainstream reporters have that DePape’s social media allegedly shows a move from the fringe left to the fringe right.
However, a long time associated with Depape claims he’s a progressive.
KGO-TV spoke to Gypsy Taub, former long term partner of DePape and mother of their three children who is prison. The two met over twenty years ago; their relationship ended about seven years ago.(excerpt):
[In a now DELETED Tweet, Tara Campbell wrote:]
This afternoon I spoke with the former partner of David DePape — she reveals insights into the man accused of violently attacking @SpeakerPelosi’s husband at their San Francisco home. https://t.co/xHOV0KECwQ
— Tara Campbell (@TaraABC7) October 30, 2022
“He is mentally ill. He has been mentally ill for a long time,” said Taub, who last year was found guilty on 20 counts, including the attempted abduction of a 14-year-old boy near his Berkeley high school.
…She described a time DePape returned home after disappearing for a year.
“He came back in very bad shape. He thought he was Jesus. He was constantly paranoid, thinking people were after him,” Taub said. “And it took a good year or two to get back to, you know, being halfway normal.”
Tara Campbell: “Did he ever show any aggression towards politicians, were his political beliefs extreme in your opinion?”
Taub: “Well when I met him, he was only 20 years old ,and he didn’t have any experience in politics, and he was very much in alignment with my views and I’ve always been very progressive. I absolutely admire Nancy Pelosi.”
DePape was hospitalized Friday with unknown injuries after being taken into custody at the scene for attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer in front of police.
Paul Pelosi was operated on Friday for skull injuries and wounds to his right arm and hands. In a statement Saturday, Nancy Pelosi described the attack as “life-threatening.” However, doctors have reportedly said he is expected to make a full recovery.