One man was arrested when he apparently chucked acid on another man’s face while telling him to leave the United States. The attacker was detained by Milwaukee police for his alleged act of violence upon 42 year old U.S citizen, Mahud Villalaz, who suffered second degree burns. The charges will go to the District Attorney’s Office this week according to Sergeant Sheronda Grant.
The incident took place on Friday night when the two individuals began to quarrel over the way Villalaz parked his vehicle, at which point the 61 year old suspect referred to him as an “illegal” and said that he should “get out of this country” prior to hurling acid at him.
Motivated by prejudice?
Villalaz feels that he is “a victim of a hate crime” because of the way the alleged assailant engaged him. Villalaz works as a welder and has lived in the U.S for nearly 20 years.
Darryl Morin, President of Forward Latino – a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy and service organization committed to aiding Latinos who are trying to achieve the American Dream – is assisting Villalaz’s family to handle the ordeal.
“He’s doing ok,” said Morin. “He’s in relatively good spirits understanding how bad things could have been.”
According to Morin, the wife and kids of Villalaz battled to grasp the incident, saying, “They weren’t able to understand how somebody could do this to a person without knowing them.”
The assault is “being probed as a hate crime”, according to a statement from 12th District Alderman in Milwaukee, José Pérez.
“The acid attack last night near 13th and Cleveland was a heinous crime that will have a long-term impact on the life of the victim,” said Pérez. “This was senseless violence, it needs to stop.”
The Milwaukee Police Department said that the investigation is still ongoing.