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United State citizen charged for attacking Nigerians

A 22-year-old United States citizen suspected of attacking two men of Nigerian descent over the weekend was charged Wednesday with a bias-motivated crime, third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer.

The bias-motivated charge is a felony punishable by up to six years in prison, and the other two charges are misdemeanors.

Joseph Owen Coy was arrested Saturday on suspicion of punching University of Colorado student Olubiyi Ogundipe in the face after he and others called the two Nigerian men “monkeys” and told them to “go back to their country,” according to Boulder police.

Investigators have identified two more suspects in the Saturday morning attack, but additional arrests have not been made yet.

Coy was released from the Boulder County Jail on Monday evening after posting a $10,000 bond. He’s next due in a Boulder County courtroom Oct. 14 for a status conference.