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Two North Carolina deaf men were in the middle of an altercation when a third man, Jarell Neal, approached and stabbed one of them, mistaking his sign language for gang signs, reports Hip-Hop Wired.

On Wednesday January 9, Terrance Ervin Daniels was arguing with another deaf man when the stabbing occurred. Neal stabbed Daniels multiple times and he collapsed on the grass where he was found and transported to the Alamance Regional Medical Center, where he remains listed in stable condition.

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With the help of a witness, Cathy Sanford, who said that Neal was walking around the neighborhood after the attack, police were able to track him down. Sanford said she was at home when she heard her dog barking and looked in her back yard where she saw Neal running through it. He apparently 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 the 22-year-old was apprehended a few hours later. As of yesterday, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury and felonious assault on a handicapped person.

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According to Burlington Police Staff Sgt. Mark Yancey, Neal is not in a gang so his motive for stabbing Neal is unknown. He is currently being held on $500,000 bond.


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