Milwaukee acid attack victim glad for hate crime charge

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Hispanic man who had acid thrown on his face says he's pleased Milwaukee prosecutors charged the white man suspected of the attack with a hate crime.

Clifton Blackwell arrested after police say he threw acid on a Milwaukee man on Nov. 1. (WMTV)

Mahud Villalaz said Wednesday he was thankful for "the people that have worried about me" and that he's feeling better. He said Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin called him to say she was "very sad" about what happened and offered to help however she can.

Villalaz made the comments just as 61-year-old Clinton Blackwell appeared in court for the first time to be advised of the first-degree reckless injury charge he faces. Prosecutors added hate crime and use of a dangerous weapon as sentencing enhancers that could increase his punishment if convicted.

Blackwell's bond was set at $20,000, conditioned upon him wearing an electronic monitoring device. His public defender did not immediately return a call.