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Sex offender accused of tackling, trying to rape pedestrian pleads not guilty

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A registered sex offender accused of tackling a pedestrian on a Hillcrest footpath and trying to rape her pleaded not guilty Friday to five charges, including assault with intent to commit a sexual offense.

David Thomas Blood, 50, was ordered held on $2 million bail.

The 32-year-old woman told San Diego police that her assailant approached her on the dirt trail off the 1000 block of Myrtle Way about noon Wednesday and engaged her in conversation. Moments later, he suddenly grabbed her, pulled her to the ground and straddled her, according to SDPD Lt. Rick O'Hanlon.

As the victim struggled, the attacker threatened to "cut" her, the lieutenant said. She then began screaming loudly, and the assailant ran off.

Patrol officers who were already in the area responding to three separate calls about a suspicious man trying to talk his way into homes responded to the reported assault. After questioning the woman, they realized that the descriptions of the perpetrators in all four cases matched, O'Hanlon said.

A short time later, officers spotted a possible suspect about two blocks from the site of the attack on the woman. When they tried to detain him, he ran off, but they caught up with him and took him into custody following a brief foot chase, O'Hanlon said.

The victim of the pedestrian assault identified Blood as her alleged attacker, O'Hanlon said.

Blood, who lives a few blocks from the scene of the crime, is a registered sex offender with prior convictions for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14 and assault with intent to commit rape, according to state Megan's Law records.

He was charged today with one count each of assault, making a criminal threat and possession of a controlled substance -- all felonies. Blood also faces misdemeanor charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and aggravated trespassing.

Blood faces 35 years to life in prison if convicted, according to Deputy District Attorney Aidee Brunner.

A status conference was set for next Friday, along with Aug. 24 readiness conference and Aug. 26 preliminary hearing dates.

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