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Christopher Qu, 24, pleaded not guilty to charges of a racially motivated attack on a black high school student and his older brother.
A 24-year-old Irvine man pleaded not guilty today to charges stemming from an alleged racially motivated attack on a black teen and his older brother.
Christopher Qu, who is of Asian descent, is accused of approaching the 16-year-old student about 12:50 p.m. last Wednesday at Irvine High School while the teen was waiting for a ride from his brother, said Farrah Emami of the Irvine Police Department.
A pipe-wielding Qu spewed racial slurs at the boy, who was on campus for sports practice while the school was on spring break, and was advancing on the teen when his 24-year-old sibling drove up, Emami alleged.
Qu banged the pipe against several railings as he advanced on the teen, Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez alleged.
The brother got out of the car in time to intervene, but Qu allegedly head-butted the man and slammed the pipe against his arm several times.
The man, whose name was not released, sustained a broken nose and bruises on his arms, Rodriguez said. His brother was unhurt, she said.
Qu was arrested nearby and police recovered a blood-spattered pipe in the school’s parking lot, Emami said.
Qu is charged with aggravated assault and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of violating civil rights. He also faces sentence-enhancing allegations of committing a hate crime, causing great bodily injury and having a prior strike conviction for criminal threats in 2013, Rodriguez said.
Qu, who was on probation at the time of the alleged attack on the brothers, could face up to 19 years in prison if convicted.
He was ordered held on $150,000 bail pending an April 13 pretrial hearing at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.