A Milwaukee, Wisconsin man was left with second-degree burns over the weekend after a racist doused threw battery acid in his face and accused him of being in the country illegally.
Mahud Villalaz, 42, who is a U.S. citizen and Hispanic, said a man doused him with the chemical during an argument at a parking spot on Friday, Nov. 1, over how he parked his vehicle, ABC News reported.
Police said that Villalaz parked his truck outside a Milwaukee restaurant when he was approached by the 61-year-old white man who reportedly began berating him.
“He told me I could not park right there. He said, ‘You need to obey the law. You came here and invade my country,'” Villalaz recalled.
Ignoring him, Villalaz moved his car a block further and parked, but the man waited for him there with a bottle in hand.
“He started arguing, saying, ‘Why you come here and invade my country? Why you come here illegally?” Villalaz said.
Villalaz explained to the man that he was in the country legally. But the man ‘got mad’ and tossed the acid in his face.
He suffered second-degree burns and discoloring to his face where the acid burned him. His left eye was also damaged.
Villalaz’s attacker was arrested, but his identity was not release. He will face a charge of aggravated battery, the Milwaukee Police Department said.