A man in Milwaukee allegedly dumped battery acid on another man on Friday night, police said, adding that this was due to a dispute over a parking lot.
Mahud Villalaz, 42, suffered second-degree burns in the face. Fox 6 reported. The police did not respond to Fox News request for comment, but the Journal Sentinel reported that officials investigated the incident as a racially motivated hate crime.
Villalaz told reporters he was not sure anymore to go outside.
"I'm scared to be an American citizen," Villalaz said, adding that he came from Peru and immigrated to the US at a young age. "I am afraid that in my own country I can not feel protected by my neighbors."
Villalaz told reporters that he parked at 8:30 pm near a Mexican restaurant for dinner. Friday, when a man approached from a nearby bus stop and talked to him in an anti-immigrant tone, the Journal Sentinel reported.
"He addressed me with those hateful words," Villalaz said. "Go back to your country, you do not belong here, this is my country." "small bag he carried by the side." The suspect had pulled out a bottle, opened it and thrown a substance in his face, said Villalaz.
The substance is so strong that it burns his jacket and sweatshirt, Villalaz said. Police searched for the attacker, who was described as a white man about two meters tall and medium in stature.
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statement, called the incident a "heinous" offense and an act of "pointless violence".
The Associated Press contributed to this report.