A 31-year-old Cabazon man accused of attacking his mother and holding her against her will pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of assault, false imprisonment and dissuading a witness.

Richard Anthony Diaz was arrested March 20 following the alleged assault that took place in the 14000 block of Marino Street.

Diaz’s mother — referred to only as Jane Doe in court documents — went to the Cabazon sheriff’s station at 9:42 a.m. to allege that her son had assaulted her, sheriff’s Sgt. John Carlberg said.

Diaz was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but prosecutors filed a lesser charge of assault with a deadly weapon against him, along with the false imprisonment count. The deadly weapon was the defendant’s hands, according to the criminal complaint. Prosecutors amended the charges Tuesday to assault on a person causing great bodily injury and added a felony count of dissuading a witness.

Diaz was released from custody on March 24 on $25,000 bail. He’s slated to return to court on May 8 for a felony settlement conference.

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