Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Suspects Pummel 92-Year-Old Man with Brick in Southern Los Angeles

Suspects Pummel 92-Year-Old Man with Brick in Southern Los Angeles

Rodolfo Rodriguez's family told the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles that he had just finished dinner and was going on his daily walk around the block near his home when he was confronted by a woman walking with a child. Rodriguez is now hospitalized for his injuries. The witness told the Sacramento Bee that the mother told Rodriguez: 'Go back to your country, why are you here?'

Rodriguez travels to the US yearly from Michoacan, Mexico, to visit his family in Willowbrook, grandson Erik Mendoza told CNN, which reported that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was seeking up to five suspects - the woman and three or four men - as of Monday night.

The woman then picked up a brick and started beating Rodriguez with it.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.

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'.

Erik Mendoza, the grandson of Rodriguez, set up a GoFundMe for Rodriguez following the attack.

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Of the injuries and the gruesome nature of the beating, Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy D'Angelo Robinson said: "We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed". The man also believed he heard the woman say, "Go back to your country" or "Go back to Mexico".

Rodriguez suffered a broken cheekbone, several broken ribs, and is bruised all over his body.

"How can you hurt a 92-year-old man?" said Mendoza, who told CNN that Rodriguez turns 92 this fall. The drive had raised more than $25,000 of its original $15,000 goal by Sunday morning. "A 92-year-old senior citizen, what can he do to anybody?"

The witness spoke to KCBS in L.A. and said she asked the woman why she attacked the man.

The police said they have one witness who can identify the woman, but that this witness might be unable to identify the other suspects.

This post will be updated as more information is released.

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