24-year-old Christopher Qu was charged with two counts of felony assault and one misdemeanor count of violation of civil rights. 

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An Irvine man has been charged with committing a hate crime on Monday after allegedly attacking a 16-year-old black teenager and his 24-year-old brother at Irvine High School.

24-year-old Christopher Qu was charged with two counts of felony assault and one misdemeanor count of violation of civil rights.

On Wednesday, March 30, a 16-year-old Irvine High student was waiting for his 24-year-old brother to pick him up when Qu walked toward him holding a 3-foot-long metal pipe and used racial slurs, authorities said.

When the brother pulled up to the school, he attempted to intervene. Qu allegedly headbutted the brother and hit him in the arm with the pipe. Authorities said Qu ran from the scene after the brother wrestled the pipe from his hands. The victims got into their vehicle and called 911. Qu was arrested near the school minutes later.

Qu was on probation at the time of the alleged incident, convicted in 2013 for making criminal threats, according to prosecutors. If convicted, he faces up to 19 years in prison.

The brother suffered a fractured nose and cuts and bruises to his face and arms. The teen was not injured.

On the day of the alleged incident, Irvine High was on spring break. The student was at the school for sports practice, according to authorities.

Originally posted 2016-04-04 21:00:31.

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