Man charged in connection with Columbia home invasion robbery

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 7:54 p.m. CST

A Laddonia man, James Napoleon Woods, 41, was arrested Jan. 23 in connection with a home invasion robbery that happened Jan. 19, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said detectives gathered information by using surveillance tape from a business on West Broadway that the victim visited earlier on Jan. 19. 

The surveillance tape showed an Oldsmobile, identifiable by damage, that appeared to be following the victim when she left the parking lot, according to the release.

Stroer said the woman was assaulted when she got out of her car at her home and that items were also stolen from the victim's home.

At about 1 p.m. Monday, patrol officers located the Oldsmobile that followed her at Stephens Lake Park.  Officers approached a nearby pedestrian who they believed to be connected to the unoccupied vehicle and identified the person as Woods, according to the release.

Officers then contacted Woods' wife, who said she had received a necklace from her husband on Jan. 20. The necklace was positively identified by the victim as being her stolen property, according to the release.

Woods was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action.  He has been charged with robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action, according to the release. Bond was set at $300,000 on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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