Panama City, FL –
OKALOOSA ISLAND, FL (WKRG) – A visiting Texas man has been arrested for an alleged hate crime in Okaloosa County.
MPs say beachgoers saw Wade Anton, 54, arguing with an Asian family in the park. Anton reportedly told the family to “go back to where they came from” and hurled racist slurs.
The family told the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) that Anton walked around the park railing and started punching a man in the face. The man tells OCSO he drew a gun for protection and the scene died down.
Anton told MPs the argument stemmed from the woman’s children petting her dogs and ignored him when he asked them to stop.
Anton is charged with a battery related to hate crimes.
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