A San Francisco Police Department captain is crediting area video surveillance footage for the arrest of a man suspected in the home invasion robbery of an elderly Chinatown woman.
According to SFPD spokesperson Officer Grace Gatpandan, 46-year-old Fred Jones of San Francisco (pictured above) walked into the front door of an apartment on the 400 block of Broadway Street at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.
Though Jones is a San Francisco resident, the apartment wasn't his: it instead belongs to a 92-year-old woman, who confronted the home invader as he went through her living room drawers.
Gatpandan says that when Jones saw the woman, "the suspect walked up to the victim and grabbed her wallet which was located in her shirt pocket."
"The victim attempted to grab her wallet in an effort to prevent the suspect from taking it. The suspect tore the pocket, and pulled the shirt off of the victim before fleeing with the wallet."
The woman was upset by, but was not injured in the altercation, Gatpandan says.
Over the course of their investigation, SFPD officers pulled surveillance video from the scene that clearly showed Jones, Gatpandan says, and that "investigators reviewing the video recognized the suspect from past police contacts."
On April 7, Gatpandan says that officers tracked Jones down at Market Street and Cyril Magnin "still wearing the same clothes that he was wearing during the incident."
Speaking with Hoodline, SFPD Captain David Lazar says that "The cameras were key to this case...It made the difference between us catching the suspect and us not catching the suspect."
Jones has been booked into San Francisco County Jail on felony charges of burglary in the first degree, robbery, elder abuse and for violating his parole and probation.