Assault hate crime charges filed against Asian American

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man has been charged with a federal hate crime in connection with an alleged assault on an Asian-American student at the University of Cincinnati last year.

Darrin Johnson, 26, of Cincinnati, was arrested Thursday after his indictment by a federal grand jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Ohio said in a news release.

The victim was preparing to run down a campus street in August 2021 when Johnson began yelling racist comments and threats at him, federal prosecutors said. Regarding COVID-19, he shouted: “Go back to your country. … They brought the kung flu here. … You will die because you brought it,” prosecutors said.

The indictment alleges that Johnson then hit the victim on the side of the head, causing her to fall and bang her head on the bumper of a parked car. The victim suffered a minor concussion and lacerations to his face, prosecutors said.

Johnson was arrested in a parking lot near a recreation center and in October 2021 pleaded guilty to assault and criminal intimidation in a county court and was sentenced to nearly a year in prison, federal prosecutors said.

An email was sent on Sunday seeking comment from the federal public defender representing Johnson on the hate crime charges. Assault hate crime charges filed against Asian American

Dais Johnston

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