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A Redwood City man who allegedly grabbed a woman and pinned her against the wall in Menlo Park before she broke free on Monday (July 22) has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges, of false imprisonment and assault and battery, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, a 35-year-old woman was walking to work in Menlo Park and was at the intersection of Harvard Avenue at El Camino Real when Douglas Walter Malone, 54, reportedly approached her, grabbed her by the wrist with one hand, and used his other hand to push her by the chest against a wall.

He then allegedly pinned her against the wall for about five seconds and called her a bitch.

The woman was frightened but pushed her way free, according to the DA's office. Malone allegedly lunged at her again, but she ran away and called 911.

The case was set for an Aug. 19 jury trial, with a pretrial conference scheduled for Aug 2. The defendant had been on probation for felony assault. He remains in custody at $5,000 bail.

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