92-year-old man beaten with brick, told 'go back to Mexico'

Clay Curtis
July 11, 2018

Rodolfo Rodriguez had left for his daily walk near his family's home in Willowbrook on July 4 when he passed a small girl and a woman, the latter of whom attacked him with a concrete block without warning, he told CNN. Rodriguez is now hospitalized for his injuries. A witness describes hearing the woman say "go back to your country, go back to Mexico" as she repeatedly struck Rodriguez in the head with a concrete block.

Erik Mendoza, Rodriguez's grandson, tells KTLA the woman in the video pushed his grandpa to the ground and then started beating him with a brick. At one point, he says, the woman ran up to a group of men nearby and told them Rodriguez was trying to take her daughter away from her - so the men joined her and started kicking him as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk, Rodriguez said. Newsweek has reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for more information but did not hear back in time for publication.

Borjas added that the female suspect also tried to attack her when she tried to help Rodriguez, using "the same rock" that she had been using on Rodriguez.

"I tried to help him, but the lady said, 'If you come over here I'll hit your auto with the same brick, ' " recounted Borjas, who had attempted to pull over and rescue Rodriguez. Rodriguez said he blacked out during the violence.

Rodriguez reportedly has a broken cheek bone, broken ribs and has suffered bruises all over his body. She captured the incident on video shared with KTLA-TV, which shows Rodriguez with blood running down his face.

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He'll be turning 92 in September, Rodriguez said, and he's never been hurt like this before, in a life working the fields with cattle and corn.

"We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed", Deputy D'Angelo Robinson told the station. "What kind of harm can he mean to anyone?" A video was taken by a witness showing a woman who appears to be African American with a brick in her hand.

Rodriguez's family set up a GoFundMe account seeking donations and have so far raised more than $29,000.

A GoFundMe campaign established by Mendoza for his grandfather's medical expenses has already blown way past its $15,000 goal, raising almost $200,000.

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

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