Woman threatens to stab brother over BBQ ribs

Texas police charged 61-year-old Ethel Jean Banks with felony assault Tuesday after they say she threatened to stab her brother because he ate some barbecue ribs that belonged to her.

The incident happened Sunday night where Banks lives with her brother.

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When police arrived at the residence where Banks lives with her brother, Melvin Magee, Magee told police Banks became angry with him after he ate her ribs. Magee claimed he did not know the ribs belonged to Banks, and she became very upset, arguing with him and pushing him, an arrest affidavit said.

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Magee pushed Banks back, causing her to fall over. It was then that she grabbed a 10-inch butcher knife from the kitchen, held it over her head aggressively and told Magee, “I’m going to kill you,” the affidavit said.

She charged at him with the knife and Magee ran out the front door of the house, closing the door behind him and holding it closed. After she attempted to open the door a few times, Banks told Magee she would not let him back into the house. Magee then went to a neighbor’s home and called 911, the affidavit said.

In talking to police, Banks said at first said she never had a knife. But she later changed her story to say that Magee would have thought she chased him with a knife, even though she didn’t, the affidavit said.

An investigator charged Banks after he found another incident documented in June in which Banks was said to have threatened another family member with a knife, the affidavit said.

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