COLUMBIA (WACH) — “Why was he murdered I don’t know did he know this person we don’t know that either.
Questions Tammy Downs has lived with for nearly nineteen years now with no answers.
Her father Jack Robinson was stabbed several times here at the Rosewood Boat Landing back on August 17, 1996.
He died at the hospital he was 65 years old.
I want this person found. My father deserves for this person to be found. My family deserves this person to be found,says Tammy Downs, Daughter of Jack Robinson.
This cold case was recently reopened even though investigators say they have no leads.
Major Stan Smith is in the charge of the case now.
Here’s what he has to work with.
Back in 1996 three witnesses told deputies they saw Jack walking with someone before he was stabbed.
The witnesses told investigators it looked like jack and the guy knew each other.
But a few moments later they heard someone yelling.
They described Mr. Robinson the older gentleman of the two retreating. He was also heard making the statement I’ll give you money, I have money. Moments later Mr. Robinson came running out of that area that they’d seen a fight he was clutching his abdomen and screaming for help, says Major Stan Smith, Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
And those witnesses helped police come up with this sketch of the suspect.
At the time of the murder the suspect was described as a Hispanic male with olive complexion.
Investigators believe he could have been between 25-35 years old.
The perpetrator did not play this out well. He allowed himself to be seen in broad light. He’s running on foot from the location. That tells you this is what we call a disorganized crime, says Major Smith.
A crime police looked at Max Knoten for.
Major Smith says Knoten was wanted in a double murder that happened just one year after Robinson was killed.
Investigators say he dumped two bodies at a boat landing off highway 601.
For police it was worth looking at Knoten because Robinson was also attacked at a boat landing.
Ultimately Knoten wasn’t their guy.
Later investigators thought they had another break
After finding a knife in the Rosewood boat landing area.
But testing showed it wasn’t linked to the murder.
Police began looking into Robinsons background talking to people who knew him.
And Tammy says her family was shocked by what deputies told them.
He was murdered by his gay lover. Well off course all of us dropped our teeth because that was not something none of us were prepared to hear, says Downs.
But Major Smith says– according to the file he’s working with today Robinson went to places that were known for gay activity.
We don’t want to disparage our victim in any way and his family. That’s what the investigation showed. Not so much that Jack Robinson was gay were not saying that,?? says Major Smith.
What Major Smith is saying is that the more they know about Robinson the closer they could be to finding his killer.
This is one of those type cases where you may know who this individual is and not realize that you have this information until something rings a bell for you, says Major Smith.
Sheriff Leon Lott says the suspect could now be between 42-52 years old.
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