Arizona woman charged with stabbing and attempted robbery

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that an Arizona woman has been charged in Providence County Superior Court with stabbing a man while attempting to rob him at a Providence bus terminal.

On April 19, 2024, the Office of the Attorney General charged Dusti Turner (age 35), by way of criminal information, with one count of assault with intent to rob, one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

As alleged in the criminal information, on December 15, 2023, at approximately 4:19 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the intersection of Dorrance Street and Weybosset Street. Upon arrival, officers located a victim suffering from a stab wound to his leg and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding before emergency responders took him to Rhode Island Hospital.

As further alleged, detectives obtained video surveillance from the bus terminal and the 7-Eleven across the street, which depicted the defendant following the victim before pulling the victim’s coat from behind, punching, and kicking him. The victim then freed himself from the assault and ran towards the bus terminal, and the defendant followed him before fleeing the scene towards Kennedy Plaza.

As alleged, on February 26, 2024, the victim told investigators in an interview that while he did not know the defendant’s name, that she was referred to as “Red” and they lived together at a residence on Dexter Street before he moved out. The victim then positively identified the defendant in a photo lineup.

Separately, on February 22, 2024, the defendant was charged with the murder of a woman found in the Woonasquatucket River. The case remains pending.

The defendant is scheduled for a pre-arraignment conference on the stabbing and attempted robbery charges on June 3, 2024, in Providence County Superior Court.