2007-02-16 / Front Page

Hubby Repeatedly Stabs Wife: Cops

Now He's Charged With Attempted Murder
By Howard Schwach

By Howard Schwach

Ivory Banks with her five children in happier times. Banks was stabbed multiple times by her husband, police said. Her eldest son, Damariah (at her shoulder) suffered lacerations while trying to break up the fight.Ivory Banks with her five children in happier times. Banks was stabbed multiple times by her husband, police said. Her eldest son, Damariah (at her shoulder) suffered lacerations while trying to break up the fight.

A Bayswater man was charged with attempted murder late last week after he brutally stabbed his wife several times inside their home, police said.

Theodore Banks, 41, of 10-17 Dickens Street and his wife, Ivory, 27, had an argument at their home at about 5:15 p.m. February 7, and Banks allegedly chased his wife and stabbed her multiple times in the back and chest until she collapsed on the front porch.

Ivory Banks remained in Jamaica Hospital Center in critical but stable condition this week, sources said.

Adella Wilson, who rented the apartment to the couple and their five children, said that the argument was only the latest in a long line of fights that brought police officers to their door on a regular basis.

The bloody scene on the porch at 10-17 Dickens Street in Bayswater, where Ivory Banks collapsed from her wounds.The bloody scene on the porch at 10-17 Dickens Street in Bayswater, where Ivory Banks collapsed from her wounds. "There was always noise and always fighting," Wilson told The Wave. "They've lived here for two years and there was always a fight going on."

Police say that they had been called at least three times on domestic incidents.

The family had an open case with the Administration for Children's Services (ACS), a spokesperson said. At the time of the assault, all five children were in the house.

Banks' stepson, Damariah Ingrim, 9, reportedly attempted to break up the fight and was cut on his hand. He was brought to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where he was treated and released to ACS caseworkers.

Deantarius Jones, 12, was also cut in the altercation and treated.

All of the children were checked at the hospital for signs of abuse and then turned over to ACS caseworkers, where they remained at press time.

Theodore Banks holding one of his children in an undated photo.
Theodore Banks holding one of his children in an undated photo. Sources say that Banks chased his wife down the steps of their upstairs apartment and pushed her into the door of the owner's apartment downstairs.

Police arriving on the scene found blood all over the house and on the front door as well.

Wilson said that the little girls, aged 4 and 7, hid under the bed while the two boys hid in a closet as their stepfather chased their mother.

The youngest child, 18 months old, remained undisturbed by the incident, according to a source.

Wilson told The Wave last week that she once told law enforcement officials that the upstairs apartment would one day be a crime scene, but that she never expected the violence that took place last week.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that Banks was charged with attempted murder, three counts of assault, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say that the knife used in the attack was recovered at the scene.

Banks was remanded to custody with no bail at his arraignment. His next court date has been set for February 22.

If convicted on the top charges, Banks faces up to 25 years in prison.

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