The man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's house and assaulting her husband, Paul Pelosi, is David DePape; he is an illegal immigrant from Canada, and after his criminal trial, he may be deported.
Depape, 42, made his first legal entry into the country through Mexico in 2008. Without a visa, Canadian citizens are allowed to travel to the United States, but their stays are only allowed to last for about six months. DePape has lived in the country for about 14 years now.
DePape has a detainer on him, and the Department of Homeland Security is aware of his immigration status. Detainers alert local law enforcement to the possibility of deportation for a specific person who is currently in their care.
To charges of attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, and threats to a public official and her family, DePape is entering a not guilty plea.
Last week, he allegedly broke into the expensive Pelosi home in California. He allegedly entered the house with zip ties and tried to restrain Paul Pelosi while yelling, "Where is Nancy?"
According to investigators, if Pelosi had been at home, DePape had intended to injure her "kneecaps."
Paul told police that at around 2:00 a.m. on Friday, he was able to leave the room and call the police from the bathroom.
When police arrived, they discovered two men arguing over a hammer. When police told the men to stop, DePape hit Paul at least once in the head, breaking his skull.
Paul, 82, underwent surgery at the hospital and is anticipated to recover fully.