Authorities: Man accused of assault convicted of hate crime

December 18, 2018

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.

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