A Pittsburg man accused of knifing and robbing a San Francisco taxi driver Monday pleaded not guilty today in San Francisco Superior Court to charges of attempted murder, assault and robbery.
Bruce Lee Griffin, 26, was arrested Wednesday in San Francisco.
In court this morning, he was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of first-degree robbery of a taxi driver, according to district attorney’s office spokesman Brian Buckelew.
Bail was set at $5 million. The case returns to court Jan. 21 for a hearing on the bail motion.
Griffin, a passenger in the taxi, is accused of repeatedly stabbing the 53-year-old driver in the chest and head before making off with some of his cash. The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of States Street, near the city’s Castro District.
The driver survived the attack but was seriously injured.
Several witnesses came to the driver’s aid and spoke with police about the attack.
Griffin left his cell phone at the scene, according to Buckelew.