An Idaho man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after he was caught on video last week yelling racial slurs at a group of high schoolers eating ice cream.
Richard Sovenski, 52, was booked into Kootenai County jail Tuesday on one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of felony malicious harassment, Idaho’s hate crime statute, according to Coeur d’Alene Police Capt. David Hagar.
According to InLander:
A group of high schoolers from a Spokane youth group traveled to Coeur d’Alene last Thursday to hear a guest preacher. Afterward, the group’s leader, Jose Ceniceros, took them out for ice cream at McDonald’s.
As the group was getting ready to leave Sovenski started hurling racial slurs and profanity at them, Ceniceros says.
The video caught the construction worker calling the youths “f*cking little f*ggot,” “f*cking half-breeds” and “f*cking n*gger wannabes.”
An eyewitness told InLander that the students were “dancing and running around” moments before Sovenski unleashed his homophobic tirade.
“Get the f*ck gone, you f*cking idiots!” Sovenski is filmed shouting at the teenagers as they walked away. “F*cking morons! Get a f*cking job! F*cking morons!”
“That’s why I don’t come to Idaho,” one teen fired back.
Sovenski shouted back: “Yeah! That’s why you don’t come to Idaho! We’re real f*cking men here, you bitch!”
He continued: “You got a f*cking problem, you bitch? I’m your f*cking guy! I’m your f*cking guy, you little f*cking bitch. You’re a f*cking bitch!”
“I will f*ck you up in a f*cking heartbeat, you f*cking little f*ggot!” he yelled.
“F*ggot?” one of the teens replied.
“Oh f*ck you, you f**king half-breed! Get the f*ck out of Idaho! F*ck you, you f*cking half-breeds! Get the f*ck out of here! You f*cking n*gger wannabes!” Sovenski responds.
The video ends with Sovenski rubbing his groin while making a face at the youths.
Sovenski is scheduled to appear in court in early September. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for July 27 and July 31.
Watch the video below: