Police say Ratliff initiated a verbal exchange with the victim, Quanell Abduil Farrakhan, also known as Quanell X, who was working out. Ratliff made comments that made Mr. Farrakhan feel threatened and at one point the suspect produced an opened pocketknife. No one was physically injured during the incident.
"No injuries occurred, and the suspect has been taken into custody without incident," said Sergeant Roy Castillo of the Pearland Police Department. "I think we are all extremely thankful that no one was seriously hurt."
Ratliff has since been charged with the offense of Terrorist Threat, a class "B" misdemeanor and if found guilty can be punished of a fine of up to $2,000 and confinement in jail of up to 180 days.
Ratliff is currently being held at the Pearland Police Department Jail, and his bond has been set at $10,000. Ratliff is expected to be transported to Brazoria County jail in Angleton.