By Rick Couri BURLINGTON, NC — Terrance Daniels, 45, and another deaf friend were communicating via sign language as they walked down the street on Jan. 9. When Robert Neal, 22, saw the men, he used a kitchen knife to stab Daniels. "He mistook the sign language for gang signs," Sgt. Mark Yancey told ABC News. "An altercation ensued, and the victim was stabbed several times." Making the story even more bizarre is the fact that police don’t believe Neal is a member of a gang. A helicopter rushed Daniels, who was stabbed multiple times in the upper body, to a hospital, where he remains in stable condition. Neal ran from the scene but was arrested a short time later in a nearby city. He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Bond is set at $500,000. Investigators have not confirmed or denied whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the attack.