Cincinnati man charged with hate crime for anti-Asian attack on student

  • Darrin Johnson, 26, was charged with federal hate crime on Wednesday in connection with an anti-Asian attack against a University of Cincinnati (UC) student on Aug. 17, 2021.
  • The incident, which occurred in the 200 block of Calhoun Street within the campus, allegedly saw Johnson punch the male victim on the side of his head, causing him to fall and hit the bumper of a parked car.
  • Prior to physically attacking the student, Johnson allegedly threatened his life for “bringing the kung flu here” and told him to “go back to your country.”
  • Johnson, who was arrested on Thursday, had just served a year-long sentence at county jail after pleading guilty to the attack in October 2021.
  • If convicted of the federal hate crime charge, Johnson could face up to 10 years in jail.

A Cincinnati man has been charged with federal hate crime in connection with an anti-Asian attack against a University of Cincinnati (UC) student last year.

Darrin Johnson, 26, was indicted on Wednesday and arrested on Thursday for the incident that occurred in the 200 block of Calhoun Street — located within the UC campus — on Aug. 17, 2021.

In what appeared to be an unprovoked attack, Johnson allegedly punched the male victim on the side of his head, causing the latter to fall and hit his head on the bumper of a parked car. That led to a minor concussion and facial lacerations, among other injuries.

Prior to physically assaulting the victim, Johnson allegedly threatened his life in an anti-Asian tirade.

“Go back to your country,” Johnson told the victim, as per court documents. “You brought the kung flu here. … You’re going to die for bringing it.”

Two witnesses reportedly intervened. One of them restrained Johnson until police arrived.

Johnson pleaded guilty in October 2021 to misdemeanor assault and criminal intimidation, which landed him 360 days in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Darrin Johnson via Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office 

Now, Johnson could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted of the federal hate crime charge. It is not yet clear whether he has legal representation.

 

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