Early Christmas Morning Stabbing on a Greyhound Bus

RIPLEY, Charles Burnett


Dunsmuir, Cal. - On 12/25/12 at approximately 3:30 am Siskiyou County Sheriffs deputies were dispatched to a report of a stabbing which occurred on a southbound Grey Hound bus. SCSO deputies were advised that the bus was stopped along southbound I-5 just south of Central Dunsmuir and the suspect was still in possession of the knife. SCSO detectives also responded to the scene. While en-route SCSO deputies were informed that CHP was on scene and were detaining someone. They were also advised that there were 2 stabbing victims. SCSO deputies arrived at the scene and met with CHP Officers. The suspect was identified as Charles Burnett Ripley, 66 of Kennewick WA. After interviewing everyone on the bus it was determined that Ripley had been on the bus talking to himself. Without warning or provocation, Ripley lunged across the aisle and began stabbing a 22 year old female across from him. Male passengers  immediately wrestled him to the front of he bus and detained him until CHP was able to arrive. While being detained by people on the bus, Ripley also stabbed another 23 year old male. Both stabbing victims were transported to Mercy Medical hospital in Mt Shasta. Mr. Ripley was taken into custody and transported to the Siskiyou County Jail where he is being held with out bail on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. The Siskiyou County Sheriffs department would like to commend the courageous passengers on the bus that detained this dangerous man and aided the victim. The heroic actions of these men saved lives this Christmas morning.