gavel.jpgA man accused of storming into a home in San Francisco’s Jordan Park neighborhood and attacking another man with a hammer early Monday morning has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the assault, prosecutors said today.

Denis Tseyref, 28, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to burglary, robbery, assault and false imprisonment charges in connection with the attack, which was reported at about 1 a.m. Monday at a home in the 3400 block of Geary Boulevard.

Tseyref and another man allegedly broke down the home’s front door and encountered the 45-year-old victim, police said.

Prosecutors said Tseyref then allegedly struck him several times with a hammer in the head and knees while the other suspect held him down.

The pair then took three computers and a phone before fleeing, police said.
The victim was hospitalized but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Although property was taken, the initial motive for breaking into the home may have been a dispute over a woman that the victim and Tseyref both had dated, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The victim identified Tseyref as the attacker, and police found and arrested him later Monday. The second suspect, described as a black man in his late 40s, had not been found as of this morning, Dangerfield said.

Tseyref pleaded not guilty to one count each of residential burglary, residential robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment, and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

He will return to court on July 7 for a preliminary hearing.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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