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Husband arrested in stabbing death of wife in Elk Grove

Anh Thai
Anh Thai Elk Grove Police

Elk Grove police have arrested a man in the stabbing death of his wife.

Anh Thai, 84, was arrested and booked into Sacramento County jail Monday night in the stabbing death of his 77-year-old wife.

Although authorities have not released her name, police said that the woman was found stabbed to death Monday in her west Elk Grove home after police were called about 12:40 p.m. by a man inside the house in the 4600 block of Laguna West Way.

The caller said a woman had been stabbed and was possibly dead, said Elk Grove police spokesman Christopher Trim.

“We believe we have the person responsible for the homicide,” Trim said. A motive remains unknown.

Another family member in the home was detained, but was not believed to have been involved in the attack, Trim said.

The streets here are quiet, neighbor Rose Munoz said. “Everybody sticks to themselves,” she said.

Angel Rodriguez, who lives across the street from the couple’s home, said this couple did the same, tending to their garden, picking fruit and keeping to themselves since moving into the home.

A few doors down, Shirley Darnell learned of the woman’s death. Darnell said the husband and wife she called “Uncle” and “Auntie” had moved a few months ago into the Laguna West Way home owned by a younger daughter. Days earlier, the woman stopped at Darnell’s doorstep to bring a gift of food to mark the Lunar New Year.

“I can’t believe it was her,” Darnell said. “She was a nice lady, very nice. How sad.”

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.