Arrest Made After Elderly Man Is Beaten With Brick

Arrest Made After Elderly Man Is Beaten With Brick

The woman then recruited a group of men to join the beating by telling them that Rodriguez was trying to steal her daughter, who was with her during the attack, Rodriguez said. Laquisha Jones, 30, was arrested for the attackTuesday night in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. She overheard Jones, recalling, "She was yelling at [Rodriguez], 'Go back to your country, ' or 'Go back to Mexico.'" Borjas added, "It was racist".

Investigators initially believed Rodriguez may have bumped into a young girl with Jones when she started to assault him.

Investigators have not specified a motive at this time and are still looking for additional suspects.

Rodriguez had gone out alone for his daily walk, Mendoza said, about an hour and a half before he was going to watch the holiday fireworks with his family.

The beating left Rodriguez with injuries to his face, cheekbone, head, and ribs.

A woman in the area caught the terrifying incident on cell phone video and said four men joined the mom in beating the grandfather.

"But that's not true", he told CNN about the woman's allegation, through tears. "I'm in so much pain".

Mr Rodriguez, a permanent resident of the USA who lives in Michoacan, Mexico, said he visits his family in California about twice a year.

Rodriguez, whose face is still black and blue a week after the attack, hugged Borjas outside his home Wednesday and thanked her for her help.

"I'm just overwhelmed how anybody can do this to a human being at all", Mendoza said. The woman later told NBC News that she heard the attacker say, "Go back, go back".

"When I tried to videotape her with my cell phone", Borjas said of the attacker, "she threw that same concrete block, tried to hit my vehicle".

'I'll leave it to the law, ' he said in Spanish. "He's 92 years of age. There's no harm that he meant for you to treat him the way you did".

According to KTLA, Mendoza has been speaking out against the attack.

Following a social media uproar over the attack, Mr Mendoza set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the grandfather's hospital expenses. Donations have already surpassed $165,000 (£124,000).

Rodriguez is now recovering with family at their Willowbrook home, located south of Los Angeles. The department didn't explain why a hate crime had been ruled out.

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