2007-02-09 / Community

Cops: Woman Critical After Husband Stabs Her Four Times

By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

Detectives from the 101 Precinct Squad take photos of the bloody door at 1017 Dickens Street, where a husband allegedly stabbed his wife four times after a long-standing argument.
Detectives from the 101 Precinct Squad take photos of the bloody door at 1017 Dickens Street, where a husband allegedly stabbed his wife four times after a long-standing argument. A Far Rockaway man stabbed his wife four times during an altercation in their home on Wednesday after what his landlord termed a long series of family fights, leaving the man under arrest, his wife in Jamaica Hospital and their five children, after a quick check-up at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, in the custody of the City Administration for Children's Services.

Police say that Theodore Banks, 41, was taken into custody at his home at 1017 Dickens Street after he allegedly stabbed his wife, Ivory Banks, 27, four times in the torso. The knife was recovered at the scene, police say.

The five children, some of whom were slightly injured in the fight that led to the stabbing, were taken to St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway where they underwent physical checkups and were released to ACS workers, sources told The Wave.

Adella Wilson, the homeowner who rents the apartment to the Banks family, said that the police have been to that home many times over the two years that the family has lived there.

Police officers and detectives check the downstairs apartment at 1017 Dickens Street on Wednesday afternoon. The bloody knife was recovered from the apartment.Police officers and detectives check the downstairs apartment at 1017 Dickens Street on Wednesday afternoon. The bloody knife was recovered from the apartment. Wilson claims that Ivory Banks was most often the aggressor in the fights that racked the family.

"The cops were always there and it was usually her fault," Wilson said. "Sometimes, the cops had to come twice in one night to speak with her.

Wilson said that she heard Theodore Banks ask the cops, "What must I do to stop this? I'm tired and fed up of all this."

She added that the cops always talked to Ivory and then left with both husband and wife still in the apartment.

"I always said that their apartment would be a crime scene one day, and I was right," Wilson told The Wave on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that on Thursday Banks was still being processed and that no charges had yet been brought.

Police sources said that charges would depend on the wife's condition at the time of the arraignment but that Theodore Banks would likely be charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon even if Ivory was the aggressor in the fight that led to her stabbing.

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