A white supremacist convicted felon repeatedly stomped a black man’s face during an argument over music at an Iowa bar.
Federal authorities charged 40-year-old Randy Joe Metcalf under the federal Hate Crime Act for the Jan. 12 beating, and he also faces state charges in the attack that left a 31-year-old man with a broken eye socket and other facial injuries, reported the Associated Press.
FBI agents said Metcalf had been drinking with his fiancé for several hours before they got into an argument with Lamarr Sandridge and his friends over the jukebox at a bar in Dubuque.
Witnesses said Metcalf had been showing off a large swastika tattoo on his abdomen, saying, “This is what I’m about.”
He has a second swastika tattoo on his shoulder and another tattoo on his chest that says, “FRYS,” a white supremacist Iowa prison gang.
During the argument over music, Metcalf used racial slurs toward Sandridge and two white women sitting with him, which FBI agents said then triggered a brawl.
Authorities said Metcalf’s friend, 41-year-old Jeremy M. Sanders, put Sandridge in a headlock, and the man’s son, 21-year Joseph Sanders, repeatedly punched the black man in the face until he fell motionless to the ground.
Metcalf then kicked and stomped the semi-conscious man’s face and head until a bartender tried to push him away.
But he continued stomping Sandridge’s face until the man’s friend, Sarah Kiene, tried to intervene — but he hit the 29-year-old woman in the face with the back of his hand, knocking her out and fracturing her cheek bone.
Witnesses said Metcalf then referred to Sandridge with a racial slur, and then said: “He got what he had coming.”
Metcalf has a lengthy and violent criminal history, with previous convictions for burglary, domestic abuse and child endangerment.
He was out on bond awaiting trial on state assault charges in connection with the bar brawl when he was arrested on the federal charge.
Metcalf has pleaded not guilty to assault, and his attorney denied the beating was racially motivated.
He faces up to 10 years in prison for the hate crime charge, if convicted.
Jeremy and Joseph Sanders each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges and were sentenced to probation.