Boulder Man Says He’s a “Viking” After Telling Woman to “go Back to China,” Kicking Her
A Boulder man accused of hitting a woman after telling her to “go back to China” is facing a felony charge.
Jeffrey Karol Bonczyk, 48, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing a bias-motivated crime causing an injury, a Class 5 felony, and third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Boulder County Jail this afternoon.
According to an arrest affidavit, the victim and Bonczyk were both “hanging out” in the area of 28th Street and Arapahoe Avenue. The victim told Boulder police that Bonczyk became aggressive because of her perceived race.
Bonczyk told her to “go back to China,” according to the affidavit. When the victim told Bonczyk that she is of native descent, Bonczyk told her, “I’m the first one here, I’m the white one, I’m the Viking.”
The victim told police that Bonczyk then pushed her down and kicked her several times. While she said the strikes hurt, she did not want medical attention.
Bonczyk told police the fight started because the victim “hates white people.” According to the affidavit, he initially would not stop walking away from the area for police, and an officer had to run to him and grab him. Police wrote in the affidavit that he was reluctant to speak and “verbally uncooperative” during the conversation.
Eventually, Bonczyk told police that the victim had used a knife to cause the small cut visible on his chin. The knife was connected to his fanny pack, according to the affidavit.
Police spoke with a third person in the group, but he said he didn’t see the fight. The witness who reported the incident while driving by told police she saw a man, dressed similarly to how Bonczyk was dressed that day, hitting a woman several times.
Bonczyk was previously convicted of felony third-degree assault, according to Colorado courts records, as well as a number of misdemeanors including criminal mischief, harassment and violating a protection order.
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