Hispanic man says an acid attacker accused him of invading the United States
MILWAUKEE: Milwaukee police arrested a man suspected of throwing battery acid at a man who says his attacker asked him: Why did you come here and invade my country?
Police said Monday they arrested a 61-year-old white man suspected of Friday night's attack, but they have not identified him. Police said they are investigating the case and charges are expected Tuesday.
Mahud Villalaz suffered second degree burns to the face. He said the attack happened after a man confronted him about how he had parked his car and accused him of being illegally in the United States. Villalaz, 42, is a US citizen who emigrated from Peru.
The attack comes amid an increase in hate crimes targeting immigrants that investigators and extremism experts say is linked to the dominant political rhetoric.
At a press conference on Monday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett expressed his shock at the attack and blamed President Donald Trump for inciting hatred against minorities. The president has repeatedly referred to migrants trying to cross the border between the United States and Mexico as an invasion.
Highlighting someone because they are of Hispanic origin is simply incorrect. And we know what is happening, said Barrett, a Democrat. Everyone knows what is happening. Because the president talks about it daily, people feel they are licensed to persecute Hispanics. And it's wrong. ''
the White House He did not comment immediately.
Un informe publicado el año pasado por la Liga Anti-Difamación dijo que las opiniones extremas anti-inmigrantes se han convertido en parte de la corriente política en the últimos años a través de una retórica aguda por parte de grupos y políticos anti-inmigración, incluido Trump.
The surveillance video shows the confrontation but does not include audio.
Villalaz dijo a the periodistas el sábado que se dirigía a un restaurante mexicano para cenar cuando un hombre se le acercó y le dijo: No puedes estacionar aquí. Estás haciendo algo ilegal. Dijo que el hombre también lo acusó de estar en the Estados Unidos. ilegalmente y de invadir el país.
He said he ignored the man and moved his truck to another block. But when he returned to the restaurant, the man was waiting for him with an open bottle, Villalaz said.
the man again accused him of being in the US illegally, Villalaz said. He then told the man that he was a citizen and that "everybody came from somewhere else here,'' Villalaz said.
That's when he says the man threw acid at him. Villalaz turned his head and the liquid covered the left side of his face.
Villalaz's sister told the Associated Press on Monday that her brother believes the man was prepared and wanted to attack someone.
He is in shock. He says he can't conceive how someone would try to harm someone like that, Villalaz said in Spanish.
She said her brother is recovering. She said the doctor who treated him said he helped immediately wash his face several times inside a restaurant. His family created a page to cover his medical expenses.
Los datos recopilados por el FBI mostraron un aumento del 17% en the delitos de odio en the EE. UU. En 2017, el tercer aumento anual consecutivo. Los incidentes antihispánicos aumentaron un 24%, de 344 en 2016 a 427 en 2017, según the datos del FBI. De the delitos motivados por el odio por la raza, el origen étnico o la ascendencia, casi la mitad involucraba a afroamericanos, mientras que aproximadamente el 11% fueron clasificados como prejuicios antihispánicos.
Brian Levin, director del Centro para el Estudio del Odio y el Extremismo de la Universidad Estatal de California-San Bernardino, publicó un estudio en julio que encontró un aumento del 9% en the delitos de odio denunciados a la policía en las principales ciudades de EE. UU. En 2018. Levin encontró un modesto Disminución de the delitos de prejuicio contra las personas hispanas o latinas _ de 103 en 2017 a 100 en 2018 _ en 10 ciudades principales, incluidas Nueva York, Chicago y Los Ángeles. Sin embargo, Levin ha dicho que the totales probablemente habrían aumentado el año pasado si no fuera por una caída inexplicada de the delitos de prejuicio antihispánico reportados para Phoenix, de 25 en 2017 a 10 en 2018.