A tourist from Texas allegedly punched a man in Florida’s Okaloosa County after his children pet the tourist’s dog.
The incident: Wade Anton, a 54-year-old tourist from Forney, Texas, reportedly made racist comments toward a woman and her children of Asian descent at around 4:15 p.m. at Okaloosa Island’s John Beasley Park on Thursday, telling them to “go back 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, reported WEAR-TV.
- The situation escalated into a public altercation, with the tourist spewing anti-Asian remarks.
- Anton rushed toward the woman’s husband, who was about 25 feet away, and repeatedly punched him.
- Bystanders intervened and separated the two men.
Currently awaiting his hearing, Anton has been charged with hate crime-related battery and is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Okaloosa Department of Corrections, reported ABC News.