David DePape, suspect in violent Pelosi attack, in U.S. illegally, ICE officials say
WASHINGTON, D.C.—An estimated 30 to 50 people shouted “shame on you” as the suspect of a violent attack on House Minority Leader Pelosi and her aide was taken into custody, federal agents said on Monday, adding that he was in the United States illegally and is now in custody.
“It’s hard to fathom that anyone would think that someone from the U.S. could be considered responsible for a death or an injury to a leader,” said ICE Special Agent in Charge Shawn Henry. “Anyone who would think that this individual can be responsible for the violent injury to a member of Congress and still be in the country legally is incredibly naive.”
“Based on the information available, we believe that the individual in question is in the country illegally,” said Henry. “The circumstances surrounding this incident and the facts of this individual’s previous history make it very difficult to conclude that he is entitled to any legal privilege or avenue for legal consideration.”
At approximately 6 pm local time Wednesday, Pelosi and her staff were walking on the Capitol grounds toward an elevator on The Hill when the suspect allegedly struck them with a shovel, shattering five bones, according to a joint statement from Pelosi and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan called the attack “abhorrent and totally unacceptable.”
Two police officers, including an off-duty sergeant, were stabbed with a shovel after the attacker repeatedly blocked the path of their cruiser.
The suspect, who is said to have been in custody as of 2:40 pm ET, was detained by ICE at the scene of the attack. The man’s whereabouts were unknown as of Friday morning.
The incident happened just as the first session of the newly sworn in Democratic-majority session was beginning. Ryan said Democrats had “a moral duty” to ensure the safety of their guests, Pelosi and her staff.
“No one should have to endure or live in fear while in the House chamber,” Ryan said. “We will not be intimidated.”
While the police officers suffered major injuries, Pelosi and her staff