Hours after San Francisco court release body-camera video of a man attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer, QAnon extremist David DePape, the suspect in the attack, made a surprise call from jail to a Bay Area news station expressing regret that he didn’t go further.
“I’m so sorry I didn’t get more of them,” he said in the call, which was recorded and released by KTVU. “It’s my own fault. It’s my fault. I should have come better prepared.”
Amber Lee, a KTVU reporter, made the Friday call to DePape. She originally reached out last year to DePape. The conversation lasted over five minutes and she said it sounded scripted.
Lee said she wasn’t able to challenge his statements or ask follow-up questions, as DePape didn’t want to jeopardize his case. The charges against him include attempted murder, residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapons, elder abuse, false imprisonment and threats to a public officer and their families.
DePape is accused in the attack on Nancy Pelosi, then-House Speaker (D-San Francisco), Oct. 28. He called Pelosi the Democrats’ “leader of the pack” in a rambling interview with the police.
But she wasn’t there. Authorities said that he attacked her husband Paul instead. Paul was admitted to the hospital for six days and required surgery to fix a skull fracture and additional injuries to his right arm and hand.
DePape’s call to KTVU suggested that the act was politically motivated.
“Freedom and liberty isn’t dying. It’s being killed systematically and deliberately,” he told Lee. “The people killing it have names and addresses. So I got their names and addresses so I could pay them a little visit.”
He also referenced a website that he’s attempting to set up “out of the reach of tyrannical global fascists” filled with “stuff they don’t want you to hear.”
This is the latest evidence that there has been an attack on DePape’s dark journeyFrom a quiet carpenter, who backed Obama, to a radical QAnon extremeist who obsesses about conspiracies. His friends shared their belief that he had a history involving drug abuse, mental illness, and childhood trauma.
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