Courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeKelson P. Aweau

Man accused of brutal assault on girlfriend’s sister and neighbor pleads not guilty

The man accused of attacking his girlfriend’s sister and a neighbor outside a Redwood City home after attending the Giants World Series parade was in court Monday to enter a plea and set a preliminary hearing date, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Wednesday.

Kelson P. Aweau, 22, pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault causing great bodily injury and one count of assault causing great bodily injury to an elderly person, Wagstaffe said.

Aweau and his girlfriend had reportedly been drinking all day while they attended the Giants World Series parade in San Francisco on Oct. 31, Wagstaffe said. As the parade festivities died down, the two returned to Aweau’s girlfriend’s house in Redwood City that she shares with her 17-year-old sister and parents.

About 10:30 p.m., Aweau is alleged to have attacked his girlfriend’s sister in the front yard of the house with a weapon, either a knife or a hammer, and caused severe injuries, slashing her face open, breaking her jaw and causing severe bleeding in the brain, Wagstaffe said.

A neighbor who heard the commotion came out to intervene and was also attacked. The neighbor, a 74-year-old man, sustained a huge gash in his forehead that required 39 stitches, Wagstaffe said.

The defendant is alleged to have then gone into his girlfriend’s bedroom, covered in blood, and told her what he did. He fled the scene but returned 10 hours later and was arrested.

Aweau was appointed an attorney Nov. 3 and returned to court Monday, where he pleaded not guilty to all the charges, Wagstaffe said. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 20 and he remains in custody on no-bail status.

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