Hallandale - Two hearing-impaired men, who were out for a birthday celebration, were stabbed at a Florida bar when their sign language was mistaken for gang signals.
Alfred Stewart, 31, who is deaf and mute, was at a Hallandale Beach bar with friends on the weekend when 45-year-old Brenda Lee noticed them.
The New York Daily News reported that police said Lee thought members of the group were throwing gang signs, and she allegedly responded by flashing gang signs back at them.
After they motioned for her to leave them alone, she allegedly left the bar and came back with two others -- a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old male.
Marco Ibanez, 19, is accused of attacking the hearing impaired men with a knife.
"He doesn't remember much [about] what happened," Brenda Stewart, Alfred's mother, told the Orlando Sentinel. "He only remembers everyone fighting and then he ran to the bathroom, where he noticed blood all over his shirt."
A bouncer at the bar was reportedly hit over the head with a bottle, but was not badly injured.
Brenda Stewart told WSVN-TV that sign language is the only way her son and his friends are able to communicate.
Ibanez has been charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Lee is charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and probation violation.
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