Courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeJohn Allen Spears

Courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff's OfficeJohn Allen Spears

Redwood City man pleads not guilty to charges related to threatening apartment building manager

A 50-year-old Redwood City man pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of burglary, criminal threats, false imprisonment, animal cruelty and resisting arrest, according to prosecutors.

John Allen Spears is alleged to have snuck into his former apartment complex and then into the building manager's unlocked apartment carrying a black duffle bag, San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. He then allegedly sat down in front of the woman, who was sitting on a recliner with her Chihuahua.

Spears is alleged to have said to the woman, “How long do you think it would take to bleed out if I shot you in the head? That's what I need to do – to kill you.”

Spears then allegedly started poking the dog in the head. The victim asked him to stop and Spears grabbed the Chihuahua and threw it across the room, Wagstaffe said.

The victim tried to flee but Spears reportedly blocked her. She was ultimately able to get away and call police.

When officers arrived, they found Spears nearby and he reportedly resisted arrest and fought with police.

There were no weapons found in the duffle bag.

Spears is currently on probation for a 2014 felony threats conviction, Wagstaffe said.

He pleaded not guilty to the new charges Friday and his next hearing is scheduled for March 3. He remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

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