A Wisconsin man who thought he was committing a run-of-the-mill hate crime against two Spanish-speaking men was probably red in the face from shame after learning that his victims were actually speaking Hebrew.
According to the official criminal complaint, Dylan Grall of Janesville was strolling around early Sunday morning when he encountered two men, aged 22 and 23, speaking a foreign language he believed to be Spanish.
The 23-year-old then swore at the men and "demanded they speak English," leading to a confrontation "where the victims were both struck in the face."
One of the victims reportedly fell to the ground while the other had his eye "nearly swollen shut."
Grall, who was charged with battery and two counts of Hate Crime, denied hitting the men, but acknowledged telling them to stop speaking Spanish and start speaking English.
An eyewitness later confirmed the attack to police and said the men were speaking Hebrew.