SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A transient who allegedly confronted a woman and her baby in a women's restroom at a College Grove Mall department store, then threatened them with a knife during a failed robbery attempt, pleaded not guilty Friday to assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.
Jason Robert Arringdale, 20, was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
The victims were in a ladies' room at the Kohl's store on College Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 when Arringdale exited a stall and allegedly tapped the woman on the shoulder with a knife, police said.
According to Deputy District Attorney Kelly Rand, the woman pushed a cart toward the defendant and screamed "Stop him, stop him!" and he fled. She and her 4-month-old child were unharmed.
Arringdale was arrested without incident on a Hillcrest roadside Wednesday afternoon by a San Diego police sergeant who recognized him from surveillance-camera photos captured at the Kohl's where the crime occurred last week, SDPD Lt. Chuck Kaye said.
The suspect, an Iowa native, told investigators he lived in Balboa Park.
Rand alleged Arringdale stole the knife and a shirt from a nearby Walmart and stole a jacket and a calendar from Target before the bathroom incident at Kohl's.
In addition to assault, Arringdale is charged with attempted robbery and two counts of burglary.
Judge David Szumowski scheduled a readiness conference for Jan. 2 and a preliminary hearing for Jan. 6.