Ohio man Darrin Johnson attacks an Asian college student, blaming him for COVID
A Cincinnati man faces federal hate crime charges over a 2021 assault in which he punched and threatened to kill an Asian-American college student for bringing COVID-19 to the United States.
Darrin Johnson was arrested and arraigned in federal court on Thursday for the assault that took place on the University of Cincinnati campus on Aug. 17, 2021, just days before classes began.
The alleged 26-year-old approached the student on Calhoun Street, sparking a storm of obscenities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio said in a press release.
“Go back to your country,” Johnson reportedly said. “They brought the kung flu here.
“You will die because you brought it.”
Johnson then asked the student if he wanted to fight, CNN reported.
Though the student refused, Johnson then hit him on the side of his head, blaming the state of the documents.
“The force of the blow caused the victim to fall and bang his head on the bumper of a parked car,” federal officials said.
The victim suffered minor concussion and lacerations to the face, among other injuries.
Two Good Samaritans witnessed the brutal attack and held Johnson until police arrived.
Johnson was sentenced to 360 days in prison in October last year after pleading guilty to assault and criminal intimidation.
If convicted of hate crimes in federal court, Johnson could face the next 10 years behind bars.