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Police say suspect robbed disabled Louisville woman four times in one month

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say an elderly woman in a wheelchair was robbed in her Louisville home four times in one month by the same man. 

The case even scared detectives -- but they eventually caught the suspect in the act. 

Lynn Pfuhl, age 72, recalls every moment of those terrifying robberies.

"That's the window," she said, pointing out where robbery suspect Barry Woods smashed into her home. She said she heard the glass shatter and then she panicked.

"I sure did," she said.

"He got his arm around my neck and I could barely breathe," she added. "I thought he would kill me."

Pfuhl says each time, Woods knew exactly what he wanted.

"He started raving about money," she said. "'Where's the money? Give me money!'"

And it happened four times.

"He does his thing at night," she said. "And every night -- from sundown to sunrise -- I am terrified."

Each time it happened, Pfuhl says she had two thoughts: Not him. Not again.

"Face-to-face, I would recognize him anywhere, anytime," she said. "I felt violated, and I was thinking, Is this the future? Have I become his personal ATM?"

Police say Woods hit this elderly and disabled woman's Old Louisville home four times in one month, first taking the $50 Pfuhl kept for emergencies, then stealing her only television, returning days later for a microwave -- and at midnight Friday, wanting cash again.

"He was trashing around, and I called 911 and luck set in," Pfuhl said.

Pfuhl says Woods left the same way he came in: through the back of her home -- except this time, police were waiting in the alley.

"We were trying to do everything we could to be in that area and it paid off for us," said Det. Kevin Peak of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Police admit they were scared too because Pfuhl lives with little more than her cats and her wheelchair and ever robbery cut deep. They also feared the next one could end her life. 

"When they stopped him, he had a knife and 50 $1 bills -- and that's what he'd taken from the victim," Peak said. "It's horrible and we're just glad we could bring closure to her."

"They tackled him to the ground and I saw him sitting there all tied up and it was a pleasure," Pfuhl said, adding that she wasn't vindictive. She was just glad, "because they got him and I was safe now."

Woods is a stranger to Pfuhl. Police say he's homeless and likely targeted the elderly woman to feed an addiction. His lengthy criminal history includes convictions for alcohol abuse, as well as drug and theft charges. 

He's expected to be arraigned on Saturday morning.

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