An Iowa man who was wearing a surgical mask when he allegedly attacked a black man told police it was because he's "allergic to black people."
Andy Benavidez, 47, allegedly used racial slurs during the fight, which took place in Iowa City on Sunday, according to CBS 2 Iowa.
The victim has not been publicly named.
Police say Benavidez told them he wore the mask so he wouldn't catch germs from black people, the station reported.
A police log says Benavidez has been charged with assault in violation of individual rights, which is a hate crime under state code. In this case, the specific charge is a serious misdemeanor.
It's not clear when his next court appearance will be or if he has an attorney.
(h/t Raw Story)