Idaho Man Seen In Viral Video Yelling Racial Slurs At Teenagers On Church Youth Outing Charged With Hate Crime

Richard Sovenski, 52, of Hayden, Idaho, has been arrested and charged for a hate crime caught on video at a McDonald’s in Coeur d’Alene on July 12. In the video, Sovenski is hurling racial slurs a group of teenagers from Spokane that were on an outing associated with Immanuel Church. The group stopped for ice cream after traveling to see a guest preacher in the area. Police Captain David Hagar officially charged Sovenski with one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of felony malicious harassment under Idaho’s hate crime statute five days after the incident took place.

The group leader, Jose Ceniceros, who spoke with Inlander Newspaper, reported that as the group was leaving, Sovenski began swearing and using racial slurs toward the group. As they got closer to the exit door, Ceniceros says that he was sucker punched by Sovenski. At that point, he began recording the incident on his phone. Although there is no video of Ceniceros being hit by Sovenski, it has been confirmed to the police by parties not related to Ceniceros as accurate.

Please be advised that this video contains the use of profanity and hate speech.