A man in Milwaukee said he threw battery acid at another man's face Friday night, police said, adding that it stemmed from a parking space dispute.
Mahud Villalaz, 42, received second-degree burns on his face, ie. Fox 6 reported. Police did not respond to Fox News' request for comment, but the Journal Sentinel said officers are investigating the incident as a racially motivated hate crime.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Villalaz said he no longer felt safe going out.
"I have a fear of being an American citizen," says Villalaz, adding that he is a native of Peru who immigrated to the United States when he was young. "I'm afraid I can't feel safe in my own country with my neighbors."
Villalaz told reporters that he had parked near a Mexican restaurant for dinner around 8:30 a.m. Friday when a man from a nearby a bus stop approached him and spoke to him in an anti-immigrant tone, Sentinel Magazine reports.
"He approached me with those words of hate," Villalaz said. "Return to your country. You do not belong here. This is my country."
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The substance was so intense that it burned through his jacket and sweatshirt, Villalaz said. Police are searching for the attacker, who is described as a white man approximately six feet tall with a medium build.
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Alderman Jose Perez, in a statement, called the incident a "heinous" crime and an act of "senseless violence".
The Associated Press contributed to this report.