Alleged attacker asked for Nancy Pelosi before beating her husband with hammer, new police report says
The woman who police said asked for Nancy Pelosi, and then beat her husband with a hammer, is expected to be charged with felony battery.
Police said their initial investigation determined that the woman, a 28-year-old Minneapolis woman, asked for Pelosi to come to her home, where she was then attacked the day after the Minnesota Democrat’s remarks at a Democratic town hall on healthcare.
Pelosi was in Washington for a campaign trip the night of the assault by the alleged attacker, which occurred at about 10 p.m. in the 5200 block of South 8th Avenue, police said.
According to the police report, the woman had approached a female friend at her home that morning and said she was looking for Pelosi.
The friend said the woman showed her her driver’s license and said she was a representative from “the people’s house.”
After that, the friend said the woman told her she had to go into the bathroom and yelled at her friend to get in the room with her, police said.
The woman is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build. She wore a white, long-sleeve, button-up shirt and had long, blond hair.
She was arrested that day and held on $50,000 bail.
The alleged attacker was identified as 25-year-old Christopher D. Pekarek, of St. Paul.
Pekarek will be arraigned in Hennepin County Court on March 23, according to the state’s criminal justice information. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
Pekarek’s bail was set at $500,000 cash or $250,000 bond, according to the report.
The incident took place about 12:15 a.m. the same day that Pelosi spoke at a Minneapolis town hall about the state of health care in the United States. She said the country is facing a “perfect storm” in the nation’s health care system.
Pelosi has said that she was assaulted by a stranger who appeared to be an Asian man but who she did not recognize.
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