Police detained Joshua Hinn, 21, along with two of Benny Hinn’s bodyguards, on suspicion of torture.
Mr Araujo was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he received medical treatment and was later released. Manaus’ Civil Police confirmed the three men, all Americans, were arrested and taken to the city’s 3rd Integrated Police Department for questioning.
The men reportedly claimed they didn’t know that Mr Araujo was deaf and dumb and wanted to know why he had approached Benny Hinn during his sermon.
According to police, Mr Araujo’s father, a sign language translator, entered into an agreement with Benny Hinn’s representatives to not press charges against the men