Authorities: Man accused of assault convicted of hate crime
CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say an Ohioan accused of assaulting a man because he believed the man was Jewish has been convicted of a federal hate crime.
Federal authorities said in a release that 33-year-old Izmir Koch (ihz-MEER’ KOHCH), of Huber Heights, was convicted Monday in Cincinnati of violating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and lying to the FBI.
Court documents say the February 2017 assault outside a Cincinnati restaurant occurred when Koch asked if anyone was Jewish. Authorities say Koch punched a man who identified himself as Jewish.
Authorities say Koch was heard shouting “I want to kill all of the Jews” as he and others hit and kicked the man, breaking a face bone and bruising his ribs.
A message was left Tuesday for Koch’s attorney.
Sentencing is set for May.