Investigators are calling a Hubbard man a person of interest in the fatal stabbing of his wife outside a Coitsville motel.

That's how Coitsville Police Chief Michael Morris characterized 48-year-old Francis Rydarowicz in a media release about Saturday's stabbing death of 41-year-old Katherine Rydarowicz who was found stabbed in the back shortly before 6:30 p.m. at the Kings Motel on Route 422 near the state line.

Officers attempted CPR to revive the Hubbard woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her husband was taken St. Elizabeth Hospital in serious condition with cuts to his left wrist and throat.

Detectives are still gathering information, talking to witnesses and reviewing video surveillance from the motel, but say it appears that the husband and wife are the only two people involved in the incident.

According to Chief Morris, Francis Rydarowicz has a lengthy criminal history from Trumbull and Mahoning County and has at least three prior felony arrests for domestic violence.

Rydarowicz was arrested in 2016 in Hubbard after police say attempted to assault a 71-year-old female with a blow torch and then set her car on fire. He was charged with felonious assault, arson and domestic violence in connection with that incident, according to police.

Morris says Rydarowicz was convicted earlier this year following his arrest on a charge of domestic violence filed in Austintown. After serving 104 days of 180 day sentence, Morris says Rydarowicz was released in March, and placed on probation for three years.

Rydarowicz was placed at the Kings Motel by his parole officer because he had no place to live. He was still wearing his electronic ankle bracelet at the time of Saturday's stabbing, according to police.

Rydarowicz had a no contact order issued at the time of his arrest in 2018 but police say they have not yet been able to determine if it was still active or part of his recent sentence.

The stabbing is the second violent crime being investigated by police at King's Motel this month.

Chief Morris has issued a warrant for the arrest of 19-year-old Nathan Smith of New Castle on a charge of felonious assault, domestic violence, and a weapons violation.

A woman who Smith had been dating for three months told police that on June 8, Smith assaulted her, then shot himself in the chin.

At last report Smith was being treated in a Cleveland hospital.

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