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California woman arrested in beating of 92-year-old man

13 July 2018

A woman has been arrested in connection with a brutal beating of a 92-year-old man in Willowbrook, sheriff's officials said.

Misbel Borjas, a witness who captured the incident on her phone, told CNN the woman attacked the elderly man with her hands and then a brick or slab of concrete, shouting at him to "go back to your country, go back to Mexico". Rodriguez, though, said he bumped into no one.

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

Laquisha Jones, 30, was booked for assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles.

"She did hurt me, but I can not be an enemy and say I condemn her", Rodolfo Rodriguez told KABC in Spanish on Wednesday.

A witness told CNN she saw a woman striking Rodriguez and overheard her saying, "Go back to your country. She took the block of concrete and hit him in his head many times", the witness said.

Jones's arrest stems from an incident in which Rodolfo Rodriguez was reportedly taking a routine walk around his neighborhood on July 4. A witness, who recorded the aftermath of the attack, said Rodriguez was walking on the sidewalk and passed a woman, who got angry. Rodriguez told KABC he is grateful for the community's support and thanks those who have helped him.

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'I'll leave it to the law, ' he said in Spanish. "In the years I have been alive I have never offended anyone".

'What's going to heal me is Jesus Christ. That's when about three of them also began beating him, she added. He was treated for cuts and bruises about his face and released.

He suffered a broken jaw and cheekbone, two broken ribs and severe bruising, according to his family. Rodriguez, who is a legal resident of the United States, travels back and forth between Mexico and the U.S. He was visiting family members in Willowbrook when the attack occurred.

'A 92-year-old senior citizen, what can he do to anybody?

Police are still searching for the four men seen in the video attacking Rodriguez. We can't let these kind of people like that out in our streets'.

Rodriguez was taken to a local hospital for treatment but has since been released to recover from his injuries at home, according to police. 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.

California woman arrested in beating of 92-year-old man