Police arrest 61-year-old man near scene of acid attack at 13th and Cleveland

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police on Sunday, Nov. 3 said they arrested a 61-year-old man in connection to an "aggravated battery" near 13th Street and Cleveland Avenue.

That's where a 42-year-old man named Mahud was attacked with suspected battery acid on Friday night. Nov. 1.

Police said the arrest happened on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Doused with a dangerous chemical, Mahud emerged from the hospital Saturday morning scarred after he said an argument over a parking spot escalated with a man who was relentless.

"He started talking," said Mahud. "'You don't respect my laws. You came to my country. You came here illegally.'"

Acid attack near 13th and Harrison

Milwaukee police weren't going as far as calling it a hate crime Saturday, but Mahud detailed the disrespect that happened next.

"He approached me with those hate words," said Mahud. "'Go back to your country. You don't belong here. This is my country.'"

Things soon escalated.

"He had a little bag he carried on the side," said Mahud. "Then, he pulled out a little bottle, and then I got concerned. I was ready to go to the restaurant, and I saw he did like this, and my reaction was just doing like this, and he threw me the acid."

Acid attack near 13th and Harrison

Acid attack near 13th and Harrison

Milwaukee police said the attacker threw suspected battery acid.

"The feeling was burning, and I tried to defend myself, and I couldn't," said Mahud. "I couldn't open my eyes, and I got crazy, and started yelling for help."

Mahud suffered second-degree burns on his face, among other injuries.

"I got burned in my eye, too," said Mahud. "I see blurry."

Acid attack near 13th and Harrison

Acid attack near 13th and Harrison

Mahud said the chemical was so potent that his "jacket was melting." Though his physical injuries would heal, Mahud said the emotional memories would be everlasting.

"I could feel the hate," said Mahud. "The hate, how he talks to me. His eyes -- hate in his eyes. I'm feeling like people are in danger, still. Someone like this is out there, and willing to harm other people."

Acid attack near 13th and Harrison

The attacker was described as a male, white, approximately six feet tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue winter jacket with the hood up, black pants, and black shoes. He was carrying a black satchel on his right side and holding a silver aluminum container with suspected battery acid, with a white shopping bag with unknown lettering.

CLICK HERE to access a GoFundMe.com account set up for Mahud.

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