Mahud Villalaz Biography
Mahud Villalaz is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He described in vivid detail in a news conference how he was the victim of a racist acid attack that left him with facial wounds. Villalaz, on Saturday, remained stunned by his encounter on Milwaukee’s south side with a man at a bus stop who began berating him and then threw acid onto his face from a metal bottle.
Mahud Villalaz Age
He is 42 years old.
Mahud Villalaz Acide Attack
Villalaz, who grew up in Peru and immigrated to the United States as a young man, is a U.S. citizen. Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime and searching for the suspect, and prominent Latino leaders in Milwaukee are speaking out against racism.
— Tanner Kahler (@tannerkahler) November 3, 2019
According to Villalaz and the police, around 8:30 p.m. He parked his truck outside a Mexican restaurant in the 2600 block of South 13th Street and headed in for dinner when a man at a bus stop on the corner of the street approached him.
“‘You cannot park here. You are doing something illegal,'” Villalaz recalled.
The comments quickly adopted an anti-immigrant tone.
“‘Why did you come here and invade my country?'” Villalaz said, the man asked.
Villalaz ignored the man and moved his truck one block forward. When he returned to the restaurant, the man began to accuse him again of being illegally in the United States.
“The man was still there, standing in the corner, waiting for me with an open bottle,” Villalaz told reporters. He thought that perhaps the silver metallic bottle contained liquor.
He told the man that he was actually a citizen, and that everyone in the United States originally came from somewhere else, and the man “got angry,” he said. He threw the acid at Villalaz, who turned his head. The substance covered the left side of his face.
The acid burned through his jacket and sweatshirt underneath. With terrible pain, Villalaz ran into the restaurant to wash his face. He thinks the man ran away.
Acid Attack Suspect Arrested
Police said early Sunday that they had arrested a 61-year-old man in connection with an “aggravated battery” near the same location on Friday.
Villalaz’s family released a statement thanking police for an arrest in the case.
“We wish to thank Chief Alfonso Morales and all the professionals at the Milwaukee Police Department for their efforts in bringing the attacker to justice,” the statement reads.
On Saturday Villalaz said he no longer felt safe.
“I feel scared being an American citizen. I feel scared that I cannot feel protected in my own country with my neighbors,” Villalaz told reporters at a news conference Saturday where he spoke in both Spanish and English….
Mahud Villalaz Health Condition
Doctors at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s hospital treated Villalaz and released him from the hospital Saturday. At the news conference later in the day, his left cheek, ear and neck were discolored where the acid seared the skin.
— MKE Common Council (@MKE_CC) November 2, 2019