Utah man who assaulted two Mexican residents won't be charged for hate crime

11 days ago

A Utah man will not be charged for hate crime after he allegedly attacked a Mexican father and his son while they were working in their shop last week.

Alan Dale Covington has entered Lopez tires in Salt Lake City around 9 a.m. on November, 27 saying that he wanted to "kill a Mexican" and beated 18-year-old Luis Gustavo Lopez and his father, 51, Jose Lopez.

Covington has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault and three weapon and drug charges, but won't face hate crime charges. Utah state laws only consider misdemeanors assaults as hate crime.

Luis had the right side of his face shattered by a 5-foot metal pole, requiring a titanium plate insert into his face.