A tourist from Texas allegedly punched a man in Okaloosa County, Florida after his children petted the tourist’s dog.
The incident: Wade Anton, a 54-year-old tourist from Forney, Texas, allegedly made racist comments about an Asian woman and her children around 4:15 p.m. to John on Okaloosa Island. Beasley Park on Thursday, telling them to “go back to where they came from,” according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Anton said he asked the children to stop petting his dog, but they ignored him, WEAR-TV reported.
The situation escalated into a public altercation, with the tourist spitting out anti-Asian remarks.
Anton rushed over to the woman’s husband, who was about 25 feet away, and punched him several times.
Passers-by intervened and separated the two men.
Pending his hearing, Anton has been charged with assault and battery related to hate crimes and is being held on $ 10,000 bond at Okaloosa Corrections, ABC News reported.
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