Ohio man attacks Asian-American student, blames him for Covid

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Ohio man now faces federal hate crime charges against him

An Ohio man was charged with committing a federal hate crime after physically assaulting an Asian-American student in Cincinnati because of his race.

According to a Justice Department press release, Darrin Johnson, 26 was indicted by a federal grand jury on the hate crime charges and arrested Wednesday. His case was unlocked when he appeared in federal court at 1:30 p.m.

The man attacked the victim on Calhoun Street at the University of Cincinnati. The incident took place on August 17, 2021. Mr. Johnson approached the student on a sidewalk in Cincinnati and made racial slurs toward the victim. “Go back to your country… You brought the Kung flu here… You will die because you brought it.” He blamed the victim for Covid, according to the suit filed in court.

Johnson then asked the student if he wanted to fight, CNN reported.

According to the complaint filed in federal court, Johnson hit the victim on the side of the head. The force of the impact caused the victim to fall and hit his head against the bumper of a parked car, the release said.

The victim suffered a minor concussion and cuts to his face. Johnson also threatened to kill the victim.

Two individuals who witnessed the attack intervened and one held Johnson until police arrived.

In October 2021, Johnson pleaded guilty to assault and criminal harassment for the incident and was sentenced to 360 days in prison.

If convicted of a federal hate crime, Johnson could face up to 10 years in prison.

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