ARCADIA ( — A 72-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife to death in Arcadia in 2001.

Richard Keith Cole was taken into custody Sunday at a Pasadena restaurant.

His wife, Charlotte, was 50 years old when she was found dead inside her van behind a Coco’s restaurant.

“She was stabbed multiple times and brutally murdered,” said Nicole Nishida from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Police never found the victim’s car keys or the murder weapon.

Although Cole was a person of interest for years, Nishida said, “The case, unfortunately, remained open. For about a decade, it was a cold case.”

Last year, the sheriff’s department revisited the crime, and detectives served a search warrant at Cole’s home in Arcadia.

Cole was arrested, but later released pending further investigation.

“This past year, (police) gathered even more evidence and were able to secure a murder warrant for Mr. Cole’s arrest,” said Nishida.

Cole is in jail on $1 million bail.

Authorities wouldn’t reveal any more details about the case.

KCAL9’s Suraya Fadel reached out to friends and family of Charlotte, but didn’t receive any calls back.


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