Deaf man stabbed after sign language mistaken for gang sign (video)

Robert Jarell Neal 
By: Hydar Tomar 

(Scroll down for video) A deaf man was stabbed after gang members thought he belonged to a rival gang, according to police reports in North Carolina.

Burlington Police said that the deaf man was stabbed several times after his sign language was mistaken for gang signs of another gang.

Sgt. Mark Yancey said that 45-year-old Terrance Ervin Daniels, was using sign language with another deaf man. A third person saw them, and thought they were flashing gang signs. He stabbed Daniels repeatedly with a kitchen knife. A neighbor saw the victim and called emergency personnel.

Daniels is in stable condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after the incident on Wednesday. Police arrested 22-year-old Robert Jarell Neal, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury and felony assault on a handicapped person.

He is jailed in the Alamance County jail on $500,000 bond.



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