Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 11th, 2019
According to information received, on September 9th, 2019 The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is searching for a man who was previously sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for viciously beating a man outside a Cincinnati restaurant whom he believed to be Jewish.
To be exact, The FBI is looking for 34-year-old Izmir Ali Koch who according to court records was sentenced July 9th, 2019 after he was convicted in a trial back on December 17th, 2018 on one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of making a false statement to The FBI.
Reportedly, the charges resulted from an incident back on February 4th, 2017, when Koch and his friends outside a Cincinnati restaurant were witnessed yelling “I want to kill all of the Jews” and “I want to stab the Jews.”
Accordingly, Koch continued to yelled out, asking if anyone nearby was Jewish?
Ironically, according to court documents after a man answered back that he was, Koch walked-up to him and punched him in the head.
Unbelievable! Authorities said, when the victim was punched in the head he fell to the ground. Astonishingly others joined-in with Koch and started hitting and kicking him.
Reportedly, as a result, among other injuries the man suffered rib contusions and fracture(s).
However, in fact the victim was not Jewish, but he was present with friends and family members.
Nonetheless, after the incident, Koch, was accompanied by his attorney, who spoke voluntarily with the FBI.
Also, the Department of Justice said Koch lied about his role in the assault. The Department of Justice affirmed that Koch was religiously motivated.
As defined in the 1999 National Crime Victim Survey, “A hate crime is a criminal offence. In the United States, federal prosecution is possible for hate crimes committed on the basis of a person’s race, religion, or nation origin when engaging in a federally protected activity.”
Clearly, according to court records 34-year-old Izmir Ali Koch is in violation(s) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.
Reaching back to October 28th, 2009 President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, attached to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, which expanded existing United States federal hate crime law to apply to crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, and dropped the prerequisite that the victim be engaging in a federally protected activity.
According to the FBI, Koch was ordered to self-surrender at a prison in West Virginia on August 16th, 2019 but he failed to do so. The FBI continued to say, an indictment was filed for “failure to surrender for service of sentence as ordered by the court.”
Also, on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 a federal arrest warrant was issued for 34-year-old Izmir Ali Koch. The FBI has warned that Koch is considered armed and dangerous.
As related to 34-year-old Izmir Ali Koch The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that will lead to the arrest of Koch.
Thusly, anyone with information about 34-year-old Izmir Ali Koch’s location is strongly urged to call the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office at 513-421-4310.