The Boulder County District Attorney's Office has filed an additional assault charge against a 22-year-old Lafayette man arrested in connection with an alleged hate crime against two men of Nigerian descent on University Hill in September.

Joseph Coy already faced charges of third-degree assault, bias-motivated crime and obstructing a peace officer when he appeared in a Boulder County courtroom Monday morning. A second-degree assault charge was added after medical records on Coy's alleged victim, Olubiyi Ogundipe, showed his injuries were more serious than first thought.

Coy's case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Nov. 17.

Zachrey Harris, 21, also was arrested on suspicion of harassment and bias-motivated crime in connection with the Sept.

Joseph Coy
Joseph Coy
18 attack. He appeared before a Boulder County judge last month and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges.

His case is set for a pre-trial conference Nov. 24.

Coy and Harris are suspected of punching University of Colorado student Ogundipe in the face after calling him and another man from Nigeria "monkeys" and other racial slurs, police reported.

Witnesses said Harris appeared to be the main person using racist terms, according to an arrest affidavit. He's suspected of telling Ogundipe and his friend, Ahmad Abdulkareem, to "go back to your country," according to the affidavit.

A CU police officer who was driving by the altercation said she saw someone, later identified as Coy, punching Ogundipe and pulled over to intervene.

Zachery Harris
Zachery Harris