Minutes passed between the break-in and police arriving, a source familiar with the investigation said. It was only after San Francisco police arrived at the scene did officers in the Capitol Police command center take notice.
No security alarm went off during the break-in, CBS News also learned, even after the suspect broke the glass of a rear door to the house. The speaker’s security is provided by Capitol Police, who were with her in Washington, D.C., when the attack occurred.
The revelation about the security cameras was first reported by The Washington Post.
In the break-in, police say Paul Pelosi was attacked by a hammer-wielding assailant. The suspect, David Wayne DePape,, including attempted murder, in a California court on Tuesday. Pelosi is recovering at a San Francisco hospital. The Justice Department has also filed federal charges against DePape.
According to court filings, DePape broke into the Pelosi home in San Francisco, where he encountered Paul Pelosi, whom DePape allegedly assaulted with a hammer, court documents said. The FBI affidavit filed in the federal case against DePape also said that the San Francisco police “recovered zip ties in Pelosi’s bedroom and in the hallway near the front door of the Pelosi residence.”
San Francisco police said that he told them that, “If Nancy [Pelosi] were to tell DePape the ‘truth,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he was going to break ‘her kneecaps,'” so that she would have to be wheeled into Congress, the court documents said.
According to other court documents filed Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press, while at the scene of the attack, the suspect told officers that he was sick of the “lies coming out of Washington D.C.”
“I didn’t really want to hurt him, but you know this was a suicide mission,” the suspect allegedly told officers, per the court documents obtained by AP. “I’m not going to stand here and do nothing even if it cost me my life.”
Law enforcement sources told CBS News on Sunday that DePape had a list of, and the AP reported that court documents revealed that DePape allegedly told first responders those targets included local professor, as well as several prominent state and federal politicians and members of their families. The filing did not name any potential targets.
Kathryn Watson, Caroline Linton and Faris Tanyos contributed to this report.