Woman fatally stabbed at a Downtown Pittsburgh bus stop was from Erie

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A woman who was fatally stabbed in the neck Thursday morning at a Downtown Pittsburgh Bus stop, right in front of a Pittsburgh officer, is from Erie.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the woman as Janice Purdue-Dance, 61, of Erie. She died at UPMC Mercy. Police have arrested 23- year-old James Wyatt of Mckeesport.

Police said an officer on patrol was talking to the woman, who appeared to be sleeping or in possible medical distress at the bus stop, when a man came up and stabbed that woman, then assaulted a second woman who was walking down the street.

Wyatt is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

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