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Milwaukee police have arrested a man accused of throwing battery acid on a Hispanic man in what investigators suspect was a hate crime.
Police said Monday that they have arrested a 61-year-old white male who is suspected in the Friday night attack. His identity has not been released, and the charges are expected Tuesday.
Mahud Villalaz, 42, suffered second-degree burns to his face. He said the attack happened when a man confronted him about how he had parked his car and accused him of being in the U.S. illegally. Villalaz, is a united states citizen who emigrated from Peru.
Mahud Villalaz’s family has a GoFundMe account to cover his medical expenses.
At a press conference on Monday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat, is the fault of the President and of the advantages of the incitement to hatred against a minority.
“For someone because they are of a hispanic origin, it is just plain wrong. And we all know what happens next,” said Barrett. “We all know what’s going on. This is because the president is talking about it on a day to day basis, is that people feel they have a license to go after the Hispanic people. And it’s wrong.”
The Surveillance video shows confrontation, but not the audio.
Villalaz, told reporters on Saturday that he was on his way to a Mexican restaurant for dinner, when a man came to him and said, “You can park here. You are doing something illegal.”
Villalaz said the man accused him of being in the U.S. illegally, and a full-scale invasion of the country. He told me that he completely ignored the man and moved his truck to a different block. However, when he returned to the restaurant, the man was waiting for him with an open bottle, Villalaz said.
A MAN IS GIVEN A PERIOD OF PROBATION FOR THE CONFRONTATION WITH THE WIFE OF THE PUERTO RICAN FLAG T-SHIRT
The man who accused him of being in the U.S. illegally, Villalaz said. He told the man that he was a citizen, and that “everyone came from somewhere else to here,” Villalaz said.
That is, when it is said that the man threw acid at him. Villalaz and turned his head, and the liquid covered the left side of his face.
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His family has a GoFundMe page to cover medical costs. As of Monday afternoon, it had raised $27,000 for a $15,000 goal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.