Alleged acid attacker charged with hate crime


MILWAUKEE (CNN) — A 61-year-old man accused of throwing acid on a Latino man’s face appeared in court Friday in Milwaukee.

Clifton Blackwell faces one count of first-degree reckless injury and use of a dangerous weapon in a hate crime.

The judge ordered Blackwell to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine his competency, on the request of Blackwell’s lawyer.

Clifton Blackwell. (Milwaukee County Jail via AP)

Prosecutors say Blackwell threw acid in the face of Mahud Villalaz during a disagreement over a parking space.

Prosecutors said Blackwell asked Villalaz, “Why did you invade my country?”

Blackwell called Villalaz an illegal immigrant then threw acid from a metal bottle, prosecutors.

Villalaz — a Peruvian-American citizen – suffered second-degree burns to his face, cheek, neck and injuries to his left eye.

Blackwell is due back in court on Nov. 25.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for a man who had battery acid thrown on his face.

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