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Two Sisters Charged In GRTC Stabbing

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After a young woman was stabbed multiple times on a GRTC bus Monday afternoon,  two sisters charged in the crime were arraigned Tuesday in Richmond.

A young woman was stabbed multiple times on a GRTC bus traveling on West Broad and Bowe Streets near VCU Monday afternoon. Two sisters involved in the incident were taken into police custody.

Jonae and Shamia Cox were arraigned Tuesday morning via video conference at Manchester General District Court in Richmond. The sisters are being held without bond. Their next court appearance is scheduled for August 28.

The victim suffered non life-threatening injuries after she got into a fight with two other women on the bus. Police say the victim, who is in her 20s, knew the two women involved in the fight. She was taken to VCU Medical Center for treatment.

Jonae Cox, 21, and Shamia Cox, 20, both are charged with malicious wounding in the incident.

The bus was headed to Willow Lawn and witnesses say the women started arguing. In just minutes, one woman was bloody and an onlooker was chasing down the two sisters.

"I noticed that one of the young ladies had a knife in her hand," said eye witness Larry Miles. He and his wife saw the disturbing incident unfold right before their eyes.

"When I turned around and looked, my wife said 'Oh Lord, they're arguing...they're getting ready to fight.'"

Larry and his wife were enjoying a cup of coffee when the GRTC bus pulled up. He saw the the African American women arguing loudly.

According to Larry, Jonae and Shamia were outside the bus, yelling at the woman inside. Suddenly, he saw one of the sisters pull out a knife and both jumped onto the bus.

Witnesses as well as the bus driver are being questioned as well, and police are trying to obtain surveillance video from the bus. 

"I'm gonna get on to try to stop this," Larry said. "So by the time I got on the bus they were stabbing her. When she gets up I see blood on her chest."

Larry said the suspects then got off the bus, and so did he. He called 911 and the suspects took off running.

Five blocks later, police caught up with Jonae and Shamia. They were taken into custody while the victim was rushed to the hospital.

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