Idaho man charged after Syrian refugee is struck

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An Idaho man has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of malicious harassment after authorities say he struck a teenage Syrian refugee.

Ada County prosecutors are not calling it a hate crime, even though charging documents say the male teen was struck because of his race, color, religion, ancestry and or national origin.

The Idaho Statesman reports ( that 25-year-old Christopher Blake Love of Nampa entered his plea Wednesday in 4th District Court.

Police say Love punched the refugee twice on Feb. 12 in downtown Boise. Love has been freed on $10,000 bond and could face up to five years in prison on each charge if convicted.

He's been released from jail on $10,000 bond.


Information from: Idaho Statesman,