Not guilty plea in home-invasion hammer attack 

The victim of a vicious home invasion burglary in San Francisco on Monday was held down by one of the thugs while the other beat him with a hammer, prosecutors said Thursday.

Denis Tseyref, 28, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to first degree residential burglary and robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment in connection with the brutal 1 a.m. attack in the 3400 block of Geary Boulevard.

Cops say Tseyref had had beef with the victim over a woman they’d dated. He and an accomplice broke down his door looking for blood, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

“[The suspect’s] first motive was not to go in and do the robbery,” Dangerfield said. “He broke in, assaulted the victim, then on his way out stole items.”

While the accomplice held down the victim, Tseyref struck him multiple times with the hammer in the head and knees, police said.

After the assault, the suspects stole three computers and a phone from the home and fled, the victim told police. The victim’s injuries were not life threatening, Dangerfield said.

The victim identified Tseyref as the attacker. Cops arrested him later that morning, prosecutors said.

District Attorney George Gascón said the “brazen assault violated the victim’s personal safety, the sanctity of the home and the security of the entire community.”

On Wednesday, Tseyref’s bail was set at $200,000. The case was continued to July 7 for a preliminary hearing.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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