A transient accused of fatally stabbing a 64-year-old woman out walking her dogs in Riverside pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder.

Darlene Stephanie Montoya, 23, was arrested earlier this month after the alleged attack on Ke Chieh Meng of Riverside.

Along with murder, Montoya is charged with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon — a knife — in the commission of a felony. There is no hate crime allegation, as investigators do not believe Meng’s Asian ancestry motivated the attack.

Montoya was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who scheduled a preliminary hearing for Aug. 19 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

The judge left Montoya’s bail set at $1 million. She was being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, about 7 a.m. on April 3, Meng was walking her two small pets on Golden Avenue, near Stonewall Drive, when the defendant approached her.

“Ms. Meng … was randomly confronted and attacked by the suspect,” Railsback said. “During the attack, Ms. Meng was stabbed, and the suspect fled the scene.”

Witnesses called 911, and paramedics reached the location within a couple of minutes.

They found the victim “bleeding from her abdomen and suffering stab wounds,” Railsback said.

He said Meng was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where she died roughly an hour later.

Based on eyewitness accounts and other evidence, Montoya was quickly identified as the alleged assailant, and located less than an hour later on Midland Road, where she was taken into custody without a struggle, according to Railsback.

He alleged Montoya, whose last known address was in Monterey Park, hit a woman with a skateboard on Tyler Avenue, under the Riverside (91) Freeway, on March 29 and was arrested on suspicion of assault.

“Due to the current emergency bail schedule for COVID-19 … she was released,” he said, adding that she had been given a citation with a notice to appear in court in 60 days.

The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions.

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