Nampa man accused of beating teenage Syrian refugee
June 10, 2016
A Nampa man accused of beating a Syrian refugee in Boise earlier this year pleaded not guilty Wednesday during an appearance in Ada County 4th District Court.
Christopher Blake Love, 25, allegedly injured the teenage boy by punching him in the face or jaw in downtown Boise on Feb. 12. Love was arrested by Boise Police that day.
The police department did not publicize the beating and arrest and the Idaho Statesman did not find out about it until recently when a friend of the victim’s family notified the newspaper.
Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Joshua Haws stopped short of characterizing the beating as a hate crime in an interview with the Statesman. But Love is charged with two felony counts of malicious harassment, Idaho’s hate crime law, and the charging document asserts the victim was struck “because of his race, color, religion, ancestry and or national origin.”