Husband wanted for questioning in Brooklyn wife's untimely death

Tonie Wells

The New York Post reported officers were dispatched to check on the young mother who was "scared" of her husband because he was "acting amusing".

Wells' was found unconscious and unresponsive just before 10 a.m. Wednesday in the basement of the home she shared with her husband and her toddler daughter on Sterling Place in the Crown Heights section. The development comes almost 24 hours after Tonie Wells, was found dead on the steps of her own Sterling Place home in Crown Heights.

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Tonie Wells

Kemper said Wells had bruising on her neck "and it appears as if she was either pushed or fell down the flight of stairs leading to the basement".

The officers, identified by sources as Wael Jaber and Wing Hong Lau, responded to the three-story Sterling Place brownstone after the victim's sister called 911 to report that Wells was "scared" of her husband because he was "acting amusing", sources said.

But now the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is probing whether the officers even went inside the apartment at all.

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Law enforcement sources told PIX11 News that Wells was apparently strangled and thrown down the stairs.

The detained man is not the father of Wells' 2-year-old, according to family members.

On Thursday, police said Wells' husband was a person of interest, and was in custody and being questioned. "It was definitely him, ' the woman said referring to Wells" husband. "I'm still in shock", neighbor Michelle Ruiz told the New York Post. Wells' cause of death had not yet been released. Police officials are also looking into whether the 911 dispatcher gave the officers complete information about the incident.

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The entire incident, including any potential communication and response issues within the department, is being investigated.

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