Ohio man convicted of assaulting man who he thought was Jewish doesn’t report to prison

The Huber Heights, Ohio, man who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for attacking someone he believed to be Jewish now faces an additional charge.

Izmir Koch, 34, was sentenced in July to 30 months in prison and ordered to self-surrender at a federal correctional institute by Aug. 16, 2019.

According to the U.S. Attorney;s Office of the Southern District of Ohio, he did not appear.

Koch, originally from Turkey, was sentenced 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 in U.S. District Court July 9, 2019. 

He was accused of attacking a man outside the Mirage Restaurant in Harper’s Point in Symmes Township on Feb. 4, 2017.

Koch, 34, was standing outside a restaurant asking people if they were Jewish. Though the victim is not Jewish he answered in the affirmative when asked. Koch then beat him up, causing injuries to his ribs and a fracture of the orbital floor, the bottom portion of his eye socket.

According to the new indictment by a federal grand jury, Koch had been released while awaiting surrender for service of sentence, and directed by the court to surrender to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Correctional Institute Gilmer in the Northern District of West Virginia. It is alleged that Koch knowingly and willfully failed to self-surrender.

Koch faces an additional prison sentence of up to five years for failing to appear.

If you have any information on Koch’s whereabouts, contact the FBI.

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