Irvine, CA – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) has arrested a man for committing a hate crime against an African American high school student. Christopher Qu, 24, of Irvine, was arrested on charges of hate crime, felony assault and assault with a deadly weapon.
At approximately 12:50 p.m. today, March 30, 2016, a 16-year-old African American student was waiting in front of Irvine High School for his brother to pick him up. The school is on spring break and not in session, but the student was on campus for sports practice.
As the student’s 24-year-old brother drove up to the school, the student was approached by a 24-year-old Asian man carrying a metal pipe. The victim does not know the suspect. Unprovoked, Qu began using racial slurs and aggressively walking toward the student. The student’s older brother got out of the car in time to intervene, but was head-butted by the suspect and struck several times in the arm with the pipe.
The brothers were able to get into their vehicle and call 911. The 24-year-old victim sustained a laceration to his face and cuts and bruising to his arms. The 16-year-old victim was physically uninjured.
Qu left the scene on foot and was located and arrested nearby by IPD officers. A bloody pipe was recovered in the parking lot at the school.
IPD vigorously investigates all forms of hate crimes including violent acts, vandalism, graffiti, intimidation, criminal threats and other crimes motivated by a person’s gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or physical disability.
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