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Stevens Point Man arrested after racial Hmong incident

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) – Local police have arrested a 57-year-old white man from Stevens Point after he allegedly harassed a group of Hmong people, citing them with racial slurs.

On May 12, at the Save A Lot grocery store on Church Street, this gentleman was “highly intoxicated” when these Hmong individuals entered the store, according to the police report.

“These Hmong men were wearing masks because of COVID, to protect themselves,” said Lt. Dana Williams.

The police report states the gentleman made “loud, derogatory racial comments against Asians” and “basically blaming them for why we are in the pandemic.”

Police arrested Shrote and recommended the charge of disorderly conduct with a hate crime “enhancer.” 57-year-old Robert Shrote admitted and confirmed to officers that the incident at Save A Lot was his fault, according to the report.

This incident comes after several other issues of racism towards Asian-Americans across several Wisconson cities: Eau Claire, Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Wausau.

In Stevens Point, Mayor Mike Wiza said these actions will not be tolerated within my city. “I give you my word that these issues of hatred, bigotry, and racism will be dealt with swiftly and justly,” said Wiza.