A 40-year-old woman credited Good Samaritans with saving her life after her boyfriend slit her throat on a St. Paul light-rail platform, according to an attempt to murder charge filed against the man on Thursday .
The officers responded at the Union Depot platform on Monday night and found that the woman’s throat was severely slit and people present there were pressurizing her.
The woman was hospitalized and police learned that her boyfriend, Ray Anthony Criss, had threatened to kill her for weeks, saying he would do so “in front of the police,” according to the criminal complaint.
A security officer told officials that the couple was having an argument inside the union depot. The complaint said surveillance video showed Chris, 36, getting out of the train, approaching his girlfriend and slit her throat with a knife.
Police arrested Chris from his St. Paul apartment on Wednesday. He told officers that he was not the man in the surveillance photos and added that he was not at the Union Depot on Monday. An attorney for Chris was not listed as of Thursday.
Chris faces six felony charges dating back to 2006.
He was sentenced in January 2021 for the most recent theft of a residence in St. His attorney requested a stay of the sentencing and a downvote because Chris “expressed sincere remorse,” taking responsibility early in his case. , “and was “particularly liable to probation and treatment,” according to a court document.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s office and a judge agreed to the terms. Chris’s prison sentence of more than three years was put on hold for three years, he received 39 days of credit, and was placed on supervised probation until January 2024.