Photo: Izmir Koch
Photo: Izmir Koch

FBI seeking Huber Heights man who beat man he thought was Jewish

A Huber Heights man who beat a man he thought was Jewish is wanted for failing to appear to begin his prison sentence.

Izmir Koch, 34, was convicted for beating a man who Koch believed to be Jewish in February 2017. He was to begin a 30-month prison sentence.

Koch and his friends were heard yelling “I want to kill all of the Jews” and “I want to stab the Jews” outside a Cincinnati restaurant. The victim said he was Jewish and Koch began punching and kicking him, leaving him with a broken facial bone and bruised ribs.

The victim was not Jewish, but was with friends and family who were.

Koch was sentenced in July and ordered to self-surrender on Aug. 16. A news release from the Department of Justice said 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.

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