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Man accused in assaults on two women pleads not guilty

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A young man accused of trying to carjack a woman at knifepoint and grabbing a female jogger in Mission Valley pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony robbery and attempted carjacking, among other charges.

Namir Anthony Jones, 22, is accused of using a knife to try to steal the car of a woman in her 40s as she was getting out of her vehicle in the UCSD hospital parking lot in Hillcrest about 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Porterfield.

When the woman resisted, he allegedly pushed her down, causing her to hit her head, the prosecutor said.

Two hours later, Jones allegedly ran across the street toward a jogger in her 20s near Friars Road and Napa Street, Porterfield said.

He allegedly yelled "help me," then grabbed the woman's earphones and her arms as she turned around, but she was able to break free, the prosecutor said.

A witness drove by and picked up the jogger, Porterfield said.

In addition to robbery and attempted carjacking, Jones is also charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting an officer.

Judge David Szumowski ordered Jones held on $250,000 bail.

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