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Milwaukee Man Burned in Racially-Motivated Acid Attack; Suspect in Custody

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Mahud Villalaz. Video capture.

A Milwaukee man sustained second-degree burns to his face when he was attacked with acid in an apparent hate crime, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Mahud Villalaz, 42, who is an American citizen, said a white man in his 50s or 60s berated him and threw acid at him.

Milwaukee TV station WISN obtained and published security video showing the attack.

A GoFundMe campaign was established to help Villalaz pay for medical bills and cover lost wages. As of Monday morning, it had exceeded its $15,000 goal.

Police say they have arrested a 61-year-old man in connection with an aggravated assault in the same area, but have not confirmed he is a suspect in the attack on Villalaz.

Villalaz was born in Peru and immigrated to the United States as a young man. He is an American citizen and works as a welder, according to the text of the GoFundMe page, written by his sister Priscilla. She wrote that he will be unable to return to work until he is fully recovered.