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'Equal Opportunity Beater': Wisconsin Man Arrested, Charged For Punching Legally Blind Man Outside Bar

A Wisconsin man has been arrested and faces a felony battery charge after he repeatedly punched another man, who turned out to be blind, in the face earlier this month.

Robert Anderson, 25, of Deerfield, knocked a legally blind man to the ground outside Mr. Roberts Bar & Grill at 12:10 a.m. on Feb. 4, after the victim accidentally bumped into him while waiting for a cab, according to the Madison Police Department.

WKOW reports that patrons inside the bar witnessed the suspect standing over the 40-year-old victim, grabbing his collar with one hand and punching with the other.

The victim told the suspect he could not see him, and Anderson reportedly responded by saying he was an “equal opportunity (expletive)-beater.”

Joel DeSpain, a Madison police spokesman, said concerned witnesses ran to help the victim as police were called, Channel 3000 reports. Madison Fire Department paramedics tended to the man, who told police he believed Anderson punched him more than 15 times.

"Due to the battery's special circumstances — the victim being legally blind — the MPD decided to arrest the suspect for felony battery," DeSpain said. 

Anderson was charged with disorderly conduct as well.

Sources: WKOWChannel 3000 / Photo Credit: Dane County Sheriff's Office, Cliff/Flickr Creative Commons


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