Intruder Assaults Nancy Pelosi’s Husband in Their San Francisco Home


Paul Pelosi, 82, was hospitalized after the assault but was expected to recover, a By Amanda Holpuch from the New York Times. Amanda Holpuch is a general assignment reporter.

Oct. 28, 2022

A spokesman for Ms. Pelosi said. The police said a suspect was in custody.

“Early this morning, an assailant broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi,” Drew Hammill, the spokesman, said in a statement on Friday. “The assailant is in custody and the motivation for the attack is under investigation.”

Mr. Hammill said Mr. Pelosi, 82, was expected to make a full recovery. Ms. Pelosi was in Washington, D.C., with her protective detail at the time of the break-in, the Capitol Police said in a statement.

The San Francisco Police Department responded to a report of a home break-in at about 2:27 a.m. on Friday, a spokesman for the department, Officer Robert Rueca, said in a statement. “During this incident an 82-year-old male victim was attacked, and the suspect was taken into custody,” he said.

The Pelosis have owned a three-floor red brick townhouse in San Francisco’s exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood since 1987. In January 2021, after Congress passed a stimulus bill, their home was vandalized with graffiti, and a pig’s head was left on the sidewalk. The vandalism occurred before the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In the months since that attack, members of Congress from both parties have experienced a surge in threats and confrontations, including stalking, armed visits to their homes and assaults. The motive for the attack on Mr. Pelosi was not clear on Friday morning, and there was no immediate indication that the attack was politically motivated.

The Capitol Police said special agents from its field office in California “quickly arrived on scene.” Investigators from the Capitol Police’s threat assessment section on the East Coast were dispatched to assist the F.B.I. and the San Francisco police with an investigation into the break-in, the Capitol Police said.

Mr. Pelosi is a real estate and technology investor. He met Ms. Pelosi at Georgetown University in Washington, and they married in 1963.

In August, he pleaded guilty to a single count of driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a car accident in Napa County, Calif., where the Pelosis own a vineyard. He was sentenced to five days in jail, though he did not have to serve that time, and eight hours of community service.

The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, said on Friday that President Biden had called Ms. Pelosi and that he was praying for Mr. Pelosi and the Pelosi family. “The President continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected,” Ms. Jean-Pierre said in a statement.