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* Woodrow Blake Charge with 3 Armed Robberies of Taxi Drivers in San Francisco

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A man accused of a series of robberies of taxi drivers in San Francisco since July was charged Wednesday with three additional counts in the case. Woodrow Blake, 48, pleaded not guilty last month to two counts of  robbery and one count of attempted robbery. Blake returned to court Wednesday to face three additional robbery  charges and pleaded not guilty to those counts, as well.

The five robberies and one attempted robbery took place between July 14 and Sept. 12, with four occurring at the same intersection of  O’Farrell and Beideman streets in the city’s Western Addition neighborhood,  district attorney’s office spokesman Omid Talai said. The other two robberies, on July 14 and July 16, both took place near the intersection of Baker and Sutter streets, Talai said. In each case, police said Blake hailed a cab and asked to be taken to an intersection, then upon arrival would pull out a knife or other weapon and demand money from the driver.

No taxi drivers were injured in the robberies, police said. Blake was arrested days after the Sept. 12 case and was arraigned on the initial charges on Sept. 22. He remains in custody in lieu of $750,000 bail and will return to court on Oct. 24 to set a date for the preliminary hearing.

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