92-year-old man beaten with brick, told 'go back to Mexico'
92-year-old man beaten with brick, told 'go back to Mexico'
Reports: Group beats 92-year-old man with brick and spews racist slurs
11 July, 2018, 03:00
The entire incident was sparked because Rodolfo Rodriguez accidentally bumped into a girl on a sidewalk during his daily walk in Willowbrook. Rodriguez is now hospitalized for his injuries.
She added that she heard the woman saying "go back to your country" to Rodriguez. He does not speak English and his family says he does not understand why he was attacked. For an unknown reason (his family has suggested that she was upset he walked into her), the woman began to beat Rodriguez with a brick.
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department are investigating the attack and have appealed for witnesses.
Misbel Borjas, Rodriguez's neighbor, said she was the witness involved.
Translating his grandfather's account of what happened next, Mendoza said: 'And when he turned his back they just tossed him on the floor and she started hitting him, and then she grabbed a brick and started hitting him with the brick, and then out of nowhere he saw 3-4 other guys just come rushing and just start stomping on him'. Authorities say a group of men joined in the attack. Per KTLA, Rodriguez was able to identify his attacker from video footage of the incident, which follows a 52% increase in anti-Hispanic and anti-Latino crimes in California in 2017, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Following the assault, he was left bloodied and unable to walk with bruised ribs, a broken cheekbone, a battered face and head injuries.
Through a translator he said he was "just walking to the park" when he brushed by a woman with her young daughter.
"I'm just overwhelmed how anybody can do this to a human being at all", Mendoza told KCBS-TV. "A 92-year-old senior citizen, what can he do to anybody? What kind of threat does he pose to you, for you to do this to him?" his grandson Erik Mendoza asked. Sheriff's Det. Carlos Cueva said no one had been apprehended as of Monday evening. A video was taken by a witness showing a woman who appears to be African American with a brick in her hand.
The family set up a Gofundme page if anyone wants to help. Though the initial goal for the GoFundMe was $15,000, the campaign has already surpassed $43,000 and is trending on the site. Police are now looking for a female suspect and three to four males.
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