The FBI is searching for a man who was previously sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for beating a man he believed to be Jewish outside a Cincinnati restaurant.

The FBI is looking for Izmir Ali Koch, 34, who was sentenced July 9 after he was convicted after a trial Dec. 17 of one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of making a false statement to the FBI.

The charges stem from an incident Feb. 4, 2017, when Koch and his friends were heard yelling “I want to kill all of the Jews” and “I want to stab the Jews” outside a Cincinnati restaurant. Koch then yelled out, asking if anyone nearby was Jewish. After a man answered back that he was, Koch punched him in the head, according to documents.

Authorities said that when the victim fell to the ground, others joined Koch in hitting and kicking him. As a result, the man had rib contusions and a fracture, among other injuries. The victim was not in fact Jewish, but was with friends and family members who were.

After the incident, Koch, accompanied by his attorney, spoke voluntarily with the FBI. The Department of Justice also said Koch lied about his role in the assault, which the department said was religiously motivated.

According to the FBI, Koch was ordered to self-surrender at a prison in West Virginia on Aug. 16, but failed to do so. An indictment was filed for "failure to surrender for service of sentence as ordered by the court," the FBI said. 

A federal arrest warrant was also issued on Wednesday. The FBI said Koch should be considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that will lead to Koch's arrest.

Anyone with information about Koch's location is asked to call the FBI's Cincinnati Field Office at 513-421-4310.

Source: WLWT-NBC5