Police make arrest in Chinatown robberies that targeted the elderly 

Police have made an arrest in connection with a string Chinatown robberies and burglaries where typically elderly female victims were targeted.

German Woods, 57, of San Francisco was arrested Sunday, the day after an 83-year-old woman was robbed in her own residence in a similar fashion to incidents that date back to April, Sgt. Danielle Newman said in a statement Friday.

Woods was believed to be targeting elderly Asian victims in multiple robberies and burglaries not only in Chinatown but Japantown as well, Newman said.

On Saturday, a man walked into an 83-year-old woman's residence in the 700 block of Jackson Street about 1:45 p.m. and threw her to the ground. He then held his hand over her mouth as he rummaged through a drawer for cash. After he found the cash, he fled.

The victim in that case had to be hospitalized for fractured bones and scratches.

Woods is believed to have been the suspect in that robbery, police Officer Gordon Shyy said Friday.

That robbery was very similar to four reported incidents in April and May.

On May 20, an 88-year-old woman was followed by a similarly described suspect inside her home in the 900 block of Clay Street about 10 a.m.

The suspect in that robbery also put his hand over her mouth while he searched her clothing for money before searching the room, finding more money and fleeing.

On May 22, the suspect stole a diamond ring from a room on Clay Street.

On April 25, a woman was robbed by a man posing as an exterminator in the 600 block of Grant Avenue. And on April 29, a man posing as management of an apartment building in the 800 block of Pacific Street attempted to steal a resident's purse.

Woods is believed to have been responsible for at least three of these reported incidents.

Woods was booked into County Jail on multiple burglary, robbery and elder abuse charges, Newman said. He was also booked on an outstanding warrant for similar charges.

Woods was in court for arraignment Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said, where he pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts brought against him.

He faces three counts of residential robbery, four counts of residential burglary, three counts of elder abuse and one count of elder fraud, Bastian said. These counts were in connection with incidents that occurred around or were reported April 30, May 25, July 6 and July 13.

Woods remains in custody on $1.5 million bail and will return to court Aug. 4 to set a preliminary hearing date, Bastian said.

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