What led to Rodolfo Rodriguez a 92 year old Los Angeles man originally from Mexico being beaten with a brick by a child’s mother along with four men? Suspects still at large.
A 92 year old man has been hospitalized after allegedly being beaten with a brick by a woman and four men in Los Angeles last Wednesday on Independence Day.
The incident occurred as Rodolfo Rodriguez who originally hails from Mexico was on his daily walk, just after 8pm near his home in South Los Angeles when he accidentally bumped into a young girl while trying to pass her on the sidewalk. It was at this moment the child’s mother allegedly erupted by shoving him to the ground and smashing his head with a brick.
The beating was caught on video as four men also joined in, kicking and cursing the elderly man as the child’s mother shouted at the man.
‘Go back to your country, why are you here, bad things,’ the witness said the mother told Rodriguez, who is a legal U.S. resident, according to KCBS.
The incident leading to Rodriguez suffering a broken cheekbone and two broken ribs, in addition to facial injuries. He remains hospitalized.
Meet 92-year-old US Citizen Rodolfo Rodriguez
As he celebrated Independence day, he was beaten by a group of fellow Americans. One attacker yelled “Go back to your country”
He was in his country & now owes $15k in medical bills:
HELP Him and RETWEET:https://t.co/DtIxR2aQkh
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 9, 2018
Rodolfo Rodriguez beaten: Hate crime?
According to the witness who jumped out of her car and started filming the beating, the child’s mother said, ‘Oh, he tried to touch my girl.’ with the witness vehemently refuting the mother, telling KCBS, ‘I saw everything, this is a lie. And when the guys came, they hit him in the face, his body, everything,’
Rodriguez, who doesn’t understand English, still has no idea why he was attacked, his grandson, Erik Mendoza said.
‘Who would do this to anybody?’ Mendoza told via KCBS. ‘A 92-year-old senior citizen, what can he do to anybody? There’s no harm that he meant.’
None of the attackers have been identified and the investigation is ongoing.
Told Los Angeles sheriff’s Deputy D’Angelo Robinson, ‘We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed’.
Adding, ‘There was what appears to be a 4-year-old child there who witnessed the entire thing. We can’t have these kind of people like that out in the streets.’
A GoFundMe account has been established to help pay Rodriguez’s medical costs.
The drive had raised more than $34,000 of its original $15,000 goal by Monday early afternoon.
And then there were these responses on social media as well:
‘This is the America that Trump has created.’
‘Sounds like a hate crime to me.’
She isn’t a Trump supporter. I’m going to guess she would have said any thing as an insult. Just a guess.
There goes “Blacks cant be racist”.
RT oborraez: 92 year old Rodolfo Rodriguez was beaten with a “brick or concrete object than kicked while he was down” according to LASDespanol detectives. Suspects 3 males, 1 female. Univision34LA it happened on July 4th past 7 pm. 118 and central. Kn… pic.twitter.com/19RLthMrAL
— LAX Insider (@LAX_Insider) July 7, 2018
— Comrade Thead (@ComradeThead) July 8, 2018