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An Oklahoma man was charged with a hate crime after verbally and physically assaulting an Asian family while vacationing in Florida, authorities said.
The alleged incident took place at around 4 p.m. on June 10 on Okaloosa Island, a popular vacation spot east of Pensacola on the Florida panhandle.
According to witness testimony, 54-year-old Texas resident Wade Anton said to a woman and children to “go back where they came from” and followed that up with making a racial slur against them, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
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Wade Anton told the family to "go back where they came from," cops said.
Investigators said Anton told authorities that he made racist remarks because the woman’s children were petting his dogs and did not respond to him when he asked them to stop touching his dogs,.
“The woman’s husband says they were all initially separated by about 25 feet during the verbal argument, but Anton ran around the park railings and began punching him repeatedly,” said the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department in a statement. “He told deputies as Anton was running toward him, he pulled a handgun to protect himself.”
Anton has since been charged with a hate crime related battery and is being held by the local corrections department on a $10,000 bond as he awaits his hearing.
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