Syracuse man charged with attacking family

Posted at: 01/27/2013 2:36 PM
By: Associated Press

A Syracuse man is in police custody and his wife and two sons are in the hospital after a violent confrontation in the city.
Police say 46-year-old Lawrence Stokes Sr. is accused of stabbing his 17-year-old son Shaquill Stokes in the eye and chest shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday. He's accused of stabbing his 23-year-old son Lawrence Stokes Jr. in the face and striking him in the head with a hammer. He's also accused of hitting his wife, Carolyn Smith, in the head with a hammer.
Police also charged Stokes with stealing the wallet of an unidentified person.
Police Sgt. Tom Connellan said the motive for the assaults is under investigation.
Stokes is being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center Jail pending arraignment in Syracuse City Court.