A homeless woman accused of stabbing a man in the head after he allegedly harassed her in a Half Moon Bay parking lot has pleaded not guilty to felony assault. Jennifer Frances Lane, 38, entered her plea on Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court. The attack happened Thursday behind a Safeway supermarket on state Highway 1, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Lane was living with her dog in a van in the parking lot, Wagstaffe said.
She and the victim, who is also homeless, were allegedly intoxicated when a fight broke out, according to the sheriff’s office. Lane later said the man had been harassing her. Wagstaffe said Lane pulled out a knife and started chasing the man around the van. She eventually caught up with him and stabbed him in the head, according to the sheriff’s office. The man was not seriously injured, though his wound required three sutures to close, prosecutors said.
The victim and several witnesses, all of them homeless, identified Lane as the attacker, Wagstaffe said. She was arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail, where she remains in lieu of $25,000 bail. Lane is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 23.
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