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Wisconsin Man Who Attacked a Hispanic Man With Acid Charged With Hate Crime

Milwaukee resident Clifton A. Blackwell has been charged with hate crime over Friday’s acid attack on a Hispanic man outside a restaurant.

Blackwell, 61, faces a count of first-degree reckless injury, as a hate crime, in a complaint issued Wednesday afternoon, police said.

In Wisconsin, first-degree reckless injury carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison plus 10 years of extended supervision. The hate crime enhancement would allow for an additional five years in prison.

The victim of an acid attack is being treated at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s – Milwaukee hospital.
Mahud Villalaz, 42, suffered second-degree burns to his face after police say Blackwell splashed some kind of acid at the victim during a discussion that followed Blackwell asking him, “Why did you invade my country?”

Villalaz, a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Peru, said Blackwell called him an “illegal” and told him to “go back, go back (expletive).”

Police recovered muriatic acid, four bottles of Kleen-Out sulfuric acid and two bottles of lye from Blackwell’s residence, according got the USA Today.

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