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Sign Language Mix Up Ends With Hallandale Bar Stabbing

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HALLANDALE BEACH – (CBSMiami) – Two men who are hearing impaired exchanged signs while inside a Hallandale Beach nightclub early Saturday morning.

But one woman misinterpreted sign language for gang signs and police say Barbara Lee began “throwing gang signs,” according to the arrest report. The men signaled Lee to leave, but the 45-year-old woman returned to Oceans 11 at 800 N. Federal Hwy. with 18-year-old Marco Ibanez and another juvenile.

Just before 5 a.m., police said, a fight ensued that ended with the two hearing impaired men being rushed to the hospital with stab wounds.

The men were identified as 33-year-old Sean Shuland and 31-year-old Alfred Stewart.

A club security guard also tried to intervene, but was also injured. Cristiansen Matthew, 25, was cut when Lee allegedly broke a champagne bottle and sliced his hand and head open with the sharp end, Hallandale Police wrote in the arrest report. A fourth person Yessenia Duarte, 20, was also injured in the fight.

Both Lee and Ibanez have been charged with aggravated battery charges. A juvenile suspect was also detained by police.

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