Rose Garden Slashing Accomplice Pleads Not Guilty By MATTHEW ARTZ

Friday June 03, 2005

Hamaseh Kianfar, the former mental health worker at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, pled not guilty Wednesday to charges that she helped a teenage girl flee after slashing a 75-year-old woman in the throat outside the Berkeley Rose Garden in March. 

Kianfar is free on $15,000 bail. 

Kianfar, 30, a resident of San Rafael, is charged with one count of accessory to attempted murder. Police say she drove the attacker away from the scene after the slashing and then lied about her involvement in the incident. 

The attacker, a 16-year-old girl, has been charged with attempted murder and is undergoing court-ordered psychiatric evaluations. She is being held at Juvenile Hall. Authorities believe Kianfar and the attacker met at Juvenile Hall when the attacker was held there for an earlier transgression. 

Kianfar resigned her part-time job at Juvenile Hall in April after charges were filed against her.