MAN SENTENCED TO 327 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MULTIPLE HOME INVASIONS TARGETING THE ELDERLY

 

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September 6, 2017

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MAN SENTENCED TO 327 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MULTIPLE HOME INVASIONS TARGETING THE ELDERLY

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that German Woods Jr., age 60, of San Francisco, was sentenced to 327 years to life for multiple acts of robbery targeting six elderly victims.  On July 6, 2017, a jury found Mr. Woods guilty on all 16 counts of first degree residential robbery, first degree residential burglary, inflicting injury on an elder likely to cause great bodily injury, battery, as well as multiple enhancements for the commission of various felonies against the elderly. 

 

“These crimes were deliberate, cold and calculating. He targeted the elderly because they were vulnerable,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “They were preyed upon and taken advantage of, but they can rest easier knowing this man will never harm them or anyone else again.”

 

According to court records, on May 25, 2014, at approximately 10:45 am, one of the victims, a 70-year-old woman, was entering her apartment building when Mr. Woods appeared behind her. He asked if she had money to make a donation, which she declined. As she began to enter her apartment, Mr. Woods immediately followed her in, covered her mouth as she called for help, and began searching her pockets. He grabbed her right ankle and pulled her legs inside the apartment, dragging her ten feet across the apartment floor. He searched the apartment taking jewelry, money, and the victim’s other personal belongings before leaving.

 

Mr. Woods committed a series of similar robberies and home invasions targeting the elderly in the Chinatown and Japantown areas of San Francisco between April 19, 2014 and July 13, 2014. The victims, many of whom lived alone, ranged in age from 65 to 89 years old.

 

In nearly each of the home invasions, Mr. Woods would wait for unsuspecting victims to enter their apartments or open their doors before rushing inside and using force to rob them of their personal belongings. The stolen items ranged from cash to jewelry to other material possessions. 

 

“German Woods terrorized the most vulnerable citizens of our city—elderly individuals who spoke little to no English,” said ADA Charles Bisesto. “The courage of these victims to come forward and confront their assailant in the courtroom ensured that our community will be forever safer.”

 

The Honorable Samuel Feng presided. This successful prosecution is a result of excellent work by SFPD Inspector John Peterson and Crime Strategies Unit Analyst Thau Long. A special recognition also goes to the SFDA Crime Strategies Unit for its contributions to bolstering the evidence in the case against Mr. Woods as well as for organizing community members from the Central District to attend court proceedings. Additional thanks go to Paralegals Kayla Harris and Jasmine Moore, Victim Service Advocate Peter Huynh, IT Support Staff Leland Chan, and SFDA Intern Liam Sidebottom. Assistant District Attorney Charles Bisesto prosecuted the case.  

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