On Wednesday, 61-year-old Clifton Blackwell, who is white, was charged with first-degree reckless wound in a hate crime using a dangerous weapon.
A reckless injury carries up to 25 years in prison and $ 100,000 in fines. But the prosecution's decision to prosecute hate crimes and improve dangerous weapons means that Blackwell could face harsher sentences, including up to 10 years in prison.
Washington Post cannot reach Blackwell or his lawyer Wednesday night. conference on the day after the attack, Villalaz said he parked his truck in front of the restaurant at 8:30 pm and started walking toward him for dinner when a man at a nearby bus stop approached him, reports the Milwaukee Journal Stelinel. Villalaz told ABC affiliate WISN 1
2 that the man had punished him for parking in a bus lane.
Then, Villalaz, the man asked why he "invaded" in the United States.
"Why don't you obey my laws?", He also asked the police, claiming Villalaz had told.
Realizing he was parked too close to a bus stop, police say in court documents, Vilalaz moved his truck to another location. and headed for the restaurant. But Blackwell re-engaged, Vilalaz told the authorities, saying "Why did you invade my country?", calling Vilaz "illegal" and scolding him while telling him to come back.
says he grew up in Peru and immigrated to the United States as a young man, becoming a citizen through He told Bluwell in 2013 that "everyone came from somewhere first" and indicated that "the American Indians were the longest in the country," court records say.
Then the man "went crazy "Villalaz told reporters and threw the acid in a small silver bottle. The moment was captured by video surveillance.
Villalaz was taken to the hospital with second-degree burns to his face, cheek and neck, as well as damage to his clothes. , according to police.
"I believe [I] is a victim of hate crime because [of] approaching me, telling me to 'get out of this side,' Villalaz told WISN. 'It's quite a terrorist attack.'
While searching Blackwell's home on Monday, according to court documents, police found hydrochloric acid, four bottles of sulfuric acid and two bottles of lye made from lye. was convicted of false imprisonment and aimed a gun at a man. [
In a statement Saturday, the city alegerman Jose Perez called it "a heinous crime that will have a lasting impact on the victim's life."
"It was senseless violence to stop," Perez said.
He also called on political leaders to prevent
"We need those elected officials who spread racial hatred to break the rhetoric that is meant to divide us," Perez said. "Instead, we must work to heal the wounds that have been open in the last few years. We as a country are better than that. Milwaukee is better than that. "
On Monday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) also expressed dismay at the incident, linking it to a political climate in which he said President Trump had increased divisions, the Associated Press reported. Trump was widely condemned this summer for that he told four colored congress women, all citizens, to "return" to "completely broken and crime places they came from."
Villalaz told reporters that he was grateful that his children were not with him during the attack.
"I feel afraid to be an American citizen nin, "he said at the press conference." I have fear that I can not feel safe in their own country with their neighbors. "