A woman in her forties was stabbed to death on RIPTA bus in Portsmouth on Wednesday morning by her ex-husband.
46-year-old Christopher James of Providence was arraigned on murder charges on Wednesday after he stabbed 46-year-old Terry Ciodo to death.
Chiodo was a regular RIPTA rider and on Wednesday she boarded the 60 bus where James, who she divorced in 2010, was waiting for her.
The incident took place in the area of West Main road and the bus pulled over near the Lehigh Overlook. By the time authorities had arrived two passengers had managed to detain James and pin him to the ground.
Chiodo suffered from multiple stab wounds and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. According to police reports the murder was a domestic violence incident as the victim was the ex-wife of James.
James has an extensive arrest record including past arrests for felony assault, violating a no contact order, breaking into a dwelling-domestic, and simple assault.
Governor Chafee and RIPTA Chairman & Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian released the following statement regarding the matter:
"We first want to express our condolences to the family of the victim and our support for the passengers and driver who witnessed this troubling incident. This was an isolated event and Rhode Islanders should continue to be confident in their safety while using RIPTA. We have full confidence that the Portsmouth Police will conduct a full and thorough investigation and we will assist that investigation in any way possible."
The stabbing marks the first murder in Portsmouth in over a decade.