At 3:19 p.m. April 28, 2006, 67-year-old Line Withrow (pictured), a retired occupational therapist, was walking down the sidewalk near 37th and P streets when a vehicle drove up next to her. Without provocation, a knife-wielding assailant got out of his vehicle and ran up to Withrow, according to a Police Department news release. The two struggled over her purse, and the assailant stabbed Withrow repeatedly with the knife.
Withrow was taken to a local hospital and died two days later of injuries suffered in the attack.
Sacramento police say they have exhausted all investigative leads and are calling upon the public to come forward with any information that might help in the arrest and conviction of Withrow's assailant.
This case is believed to be connected to three additional robberies that occurred just before the one targeting Withrow.
Sacramento homicide detectives have contacted outside agencies, met with a violent crime consultant and received authorization for a $50,000 California Governor's reward for information relating to Withrow's death.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.