Man with 106 arrests nabbed in Uptown robbery

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A 52-year-old man with 106 arrests on his record was arrested again Tuesday afternoon, accused of robbing a disabled person in Uptown, Chicago police said.

Michael Woods, of the 900 block of West Wilson Avenue, has been charged with strong-arm robbery of a handicapped victim over 60, battery and resisting arrest, said Chicago Police Officer Darryl Baety.

The incident happened about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of West Lawrence Avenue, Baety said. Woods and an accomplice allegedly approached and tried to steal $60 the victim, a 71-year-old man, had in his hand.

The victim fought off the would-be robbers and other witnesses intervened to restrain Woods, Baety said. According to Woods' arrest report, Woods punched one of the witnesses in the face during the fight.

The struggle was still going on when police arrived. An officer ordered Woods to stop fighting, but Woods disobeyed and struck the officer several times, Baety said. He was soon arrested.

Records indicate Woods has been arrested 106 times for felonies, misdemeanors and other city ordinance violations. He has been convicted 18 times. This appears to be the first time he has been arrested in 2011.

Woods was ordered held in lieu of $125,000 bail today in court.

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