The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department is commending several passengers of a southbound Greyhound bus who they say might have saved a woman's life early Christmas morning.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department is commending several passengers of a southbound Greyhound bus who they say might have saved a woman's life early Christmas morning.

A 66 year old Kennewick, Wash. man was arrested in the early hours of Dec. 25 after he allegedly lunged across the Greyhound's aisle and without warning or provocation began stabbing a 22 year old female, said Siskiyou County Sheriff's spokesperson Allison Giannini.

Charles Burnett Ripley is being held without bail in the Siskiyou County Jail, said Giannini. He has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the bus, which was stopped along Interstate 5 just south of the Dunsmuir central exit about 3:30 a.m., said Giannini. At the time of the call, deputies were told the suspect was still in possession of a knife.

En-route to the scene, they were informed CHP had already arrived and were detaining Ripley.

"After interviewing everyone on the bus it was determined that Ripley had been on the bus talking to himself" before allegedly stabbing the victim, Giannini said. "Male passengers immediately wrestled him to the front of the bus and detained him until CHP was able to arrive."

While being detained on the bus, Giannini said a 23 year old male was also stabbed by the suspect. Both victims were transported to Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta for treatment.

Deputies arrested Ripley, who was booked into the Siskiyou County Jail, said Giannini.

"The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department would like to commend the courageous passengers on the bus that detained this man and aided the victim," said Giannini. "The heroic actions of these men saved lives this Christmas morning."