Colorado: 2 charged with hate crime in beating of Iraqi man
DENVER – Two men believed to be from Saudi Arabia face hate crime charges for allegedly beating up a man because he’s from Iraq.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office filed bias-motivated crime charges Thursday against 21-year-old Fahad Alqusumi (Fa’-hahd Alk-zum-EE’) and 29-year-old Majed Alnufaie (Ma-YED’ Al-new-FEE’) for the alleged attack in a hookah bar that happened May 31. The charge is a felony punishable by up to six years in prison.
Zaid Abood (Zah-EED’ Ah-bood) told police that the men walked up to him and asked him where he was from. When he told them, they allegedly started using racial slurs and started shoving him, and then beat him outside the bar, where customers smoke flavored tobacco through ornate communal pipes.
Abood says he broke his hand in the attack.
Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com/index.html