Wife remains in critical condition at Fairfax hospital
By Joe Beck -- email@example.com
The Warren County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim of a serious stabbing Tuesday evening in the Apple Mountain Lake subdivision as Lakisha Henry, 33, of 90 Rambo Court, Linden.
Henry was taken to Inova Hospital in Fairfax where she is listed in critical condition, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron. He said she suffered many stab wounds to her entire body.
The suspect in the stabbing, Ricky Brian Henry, 32, is her husband and also listed 90 Rambo Court as his last known address, McEathron said.
McEathron said Ricky Henry was subdued at the scene of the crime by bystanders.
One of those bystanders, Barton Garihan Jr., described a desperate struggle to save the life of Lakisha Henry while three or four other men fought her assailant a few feet away for at least 10 minutes before the arrival of deputies and paramedics.
Garihan said he was driving back to his nearby home on Apple Orchard Drive when he saw several men rolling around on the roadway. Garihan said he got out of his car and came upon a young woman sitting nearby "with a young man with his hands on her neck and face."
Garihan said he saw "a tremendous amount of blood all over her, him and on the ground."
He went to help her and saw that her throat was cut and she could not longer breathe, except through her severed windpipe, he said. She was also bleeding from many wounds to the shoulder, chest and upper arm, he said.
Garihan said he asked the other man to remove his hand from the woman's windpipe for a moment.
"The blood just spewed out like a sprinkler," he said. "She was breathing through the slit in her neck."
Garihan said two of the women's children were nearby witnessing the bloody chaos.
"She kept asking if she was going to die, and I said, 'not if I can help it,''' Garihan said.
"She said, 'I don't want to die in front of my children.'"
Garihan, who said he stands 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 235 pounds, said the woman's assailant was larger than him and kept fighting three or four men as they sat and kneeled on top of him.
Garihan said the assailant was lying on the ground, sometimes on his back and sometimes on his stomach, yelling, "I'll kill her, I'll kill you."
At one point, one of bystanders kicked a blood-covered knife with about a 3- or 4-inch blade away from the melee to keep the woman's assailant from reaching it, Garihan said.
"It was a fight," Garihan said. "They were fighting the entire time until the police got there."
Garihan said the woman's face had turned gray and her lips were blue by the time paramedics wheeled her on a stretcher toward the ambulance.
"At that point, I thought she was dead," he said, "but then she tried to speak."
McEathron said deputies arriving at the scene found bystanders treating a woman with multiple stab wounds. The deputies located Ricky Henry at the scene and took him into custody without resistance, McEathron said.
Ricky Henry was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, then taken to the jail and served with two arrest warrants, one for attempted first degree murder and the other for the aggravated malicious wounding of Lakisha Henry, according to McEathron.
McEathron attributed Ricky Henry's injury to the fight with the other men.
"I'm sure he's got some bumps and bruises," McEathron said.
McEathron praised the actions of those who intervened.
"It's really encouraging and gratifying we didn't have bystanders standing around and watching," McEathron said. "They did something to help the victim and keep the aggression from continuing."
Ricky Henry is being held in jail without bail and is scheduled to appear in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court at 10 a.m. Friday.
Henry was serving a sentence on drug-related charges and was in the jail's work release home electronic monitoring program before the stabbing.