Relative arrested in killing of elderly woman at SoMa senior apartments

An elderly woman was found dead Wednesday during a well-being check at her South of Market apartment, and a 30-year-old man who is related to her has been arrested for allegedly killing her with a knife.

The elderly woman, identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as Chii-Chyu Horng, was killed in her third-floor unit at Woolf House Apartments at 801 Howard St. near Fourth Street, the building manager confirmed.

“When our staff came in this morning they saw some disarray in the lobby and were in the process of kinda straightening up the lobby when the police came out of the elevator with a body,” said John Stewart Company CEO Jack Gardner.

Police have released few details in the case but said officers were performing a well-being check on a man and woman on the 800 block of Howard Street at around 12:25 a.m. and arrested a male suspect who is related to the victim.

Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokesperson, said the man “is being medically evaluated” at the hospital and has not been booked into County Jail. Police have not identified the suspect to the public.

Gardner said investigators have been knocking on doors and gathering witness statements at the building. He described the building as having an active and engaged community where “people look after each other.”

“It’s really tragic and it’s really unusual,” Gardner said. “This doesn’t happen often and the building is locked and secured and has security cameras.”

The killing marked the 37th homicide of the year so far in San Francisco.

The Woolf House building, an apartment complex for low-income residents and seniors, at 801 Howard Street was the site of a homicide on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Davíd Rodríguez/Special to S.F. Examiner)


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