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Police looking for man accused of stabbing his brother
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
Beaumont police are looking for a man they said stabbed his brother only two days after the suspect was released from jail. The stabbing prompted two schools to go on lock-down.
Perry Banks Jr., 21, was released from the Jefferson County Jail Saturday. He served a 30-day sentence on charges of marijuana possession and theft. That wasn't his first time locked up.
Deputy Rod Carroll said he's been in the jail a total of 11 times for 12 charges. His first was in 2009 for public intoxication. Then in Oct. 2009, Banks was charged with two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle.
Carroll said in 2010, Banks was arrested and posted bond for an incident resulting in charges including protective order violation family and assault family violence.
Now, investigators want to put him behind bars once again.
Beaumont Police began searching for Banks at about 8 a.m. Monday. Someone called police to report a stabbing at a home in the 3700 block of Usan in south Beaumont.
Witnesses said Banks and his 24-year old brother were arguing when it turned violent.
According to witnesses, Banks stabbed his brother twice in the chest and once in the back. He left, then returned with a gun and left again when someone locked the door to keep him out.
Administrators at nearby Odom Middle School and Blanchette Elementary ordered lock-downs as a precaution while police searched for the attacker.
The victim was taken to Christus Hospital St.Elizabeth. His injuries were not life threatening.
The victim's girlfriend said those injuries included a collapsed lung. Iesha Phillips said she was in the home at the time of the stabbing.
"It happened so quick actually. I was actually shocked when I saw it, 'cuz you know, they're brothers," she said.
Police said Banks is 6 ft. tall and weighs 160 lb. He was wearing a black and white striped shirt, a red, white and black jacket, jeans and white tennis shoes.
If you have information about Banks call Crimestoppers at 833-TIPS.