A deaf man, Terrance Daniels, was stabbed several times after his sign language was mistaken for gang signs by Jarell Neal in Burlington, North Carolina, last Wednesday.
Sgt. Mark Yancey told the Associated Press that Daniels was using sign language with another deaf man.
However, Neal thought they were flashing gang signs and allegedly stabbed Daniels several times with a kitchen knife.
A neighbor saw Daniels get stabbed and called emergency personnel.
After the stabbing, Daniels was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where he is reportedly in stable condition.
Witness Cathy Sanford said that Neal was walking around the neighborhood after the attack, so police were able to track him down.
Sanford said she was at home when she heard her dog barking and looked in her backyard where she saw Neal running through it. Neal came back to Sanford’s house later in the day and threatened her 12-year-old granddaughter.
A warrant was obtained for Neal’s arrest and he was apprehended a few hours later.
Police arrested Neal and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and felony assault on a handicapped person.
Neal is currently being held in the Alamance County jail on a $500,000 bond