Woman arrested in Los Angeles-area brick beating of elderly man

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

Jones, meanwhile, is being held on $200,000 bail.

Rodriguez's daughter, Aurelia Rodriguez, said her father recalls the woman screaming at him, but he didn't understand what she was saying because he doesn't speak or understand English.

"I'm just overwhelmed how anybody can do this to a human being at all", Mr Mendoza told CBS News.

Misbel Borjas, who lives near Rodriguez, was passing by in a auto when she saw Rodriguez walking and trying to pass a woman and a girl.

While Rodriguez - who was interviewed by investigators - wasn't able to remember much about the incident, he was able to identify his attacker in the video. She reportedly yelled at the man, "Go back to your country".

Borjas had been driving by, she said, and wanted to stop, but the woman threatened to hit her vehicle with the brick.

A witness told The Washington Post that a black woman pushed Rodolfo Rodriguez to the ground on July 4 and hit him.

Rodriguez, who said he travels about twice a year from his home in Mexico to visit relatives in Willowbrook, suffered a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, two broken ribs and bruises on his face, back and abdomen, his family said. Without warning, the woman assaulted him, he said, hitting him with a concrete block and enlisting a group of men to join in beating him.

She said she thinks the attack was racially motivated, though the sheriff's department said Wednesday that "this is not a hate-related incident".

'I'm not qualified to say she deserves five years or 10 years - that's not going to heal anything or heal me.

Misbel Borjas, who lives near Rodriguez, told the newspaper that she saw a woman hit Rodriguez with a block of cement.

"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 auto".

"How can you hurt a 92-year-old man?" said Mendoza. Mendoza and the rest of Rodriguez's family started a GoFundMe page to help Rodriguez, and the campaign has already raised over $240,000, exceeding its original goal of $15,000. He recalled the attack while lying back in a reclining chair at his relatives' Willowbrook home.

"We want to thank the local residents for all of their kindness and support while Mr. Rodriguez recovers", the Sheriff's Department said. "I'm in so much pain".

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