Weekend Reads 91-year-old man beaten with brick, told 'go back to your own country'

09:07  10 july  2018
09:07  10 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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(CNN) Tears glistened on the black and purple bruises covering 91 - year - old Rodolfo Rodriguez's face as he described being attacked by a group of people while going for a walk on the Fourth of July. "I heard her saying, go back to your country , go back to Mexico," she told CNN by phone.

A brutal attack with a brick leaves a 92- year - old man with bruises and broken bones. Borjas watched the child’s mother push the elderly man to the ground and repeatedly bash him in the face with a concrete brick while yelling, “ Go back to your country .”

Rodolfo Rodriguez of Mexico told CNN he was visiting family in The Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles when he was attacked by a woman. A witness says she saw a woman beating Rodriguez with a small concrete block she held in her hand. His nephew says he suffered a broken jaw, broken cheek, two broken ribs and countless bruises.© Paul Vercammen/CNN Rodolfo Rodriguez of Mexico told CNN he was visiting family in The Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles when he was attacked by a woman. A witness says she saw a woman beating Rodriguez with a small concrete block she held in her hand. His nephew says he suffered a broken jaw, broken cheek, two broken ribs and countless bruises.

Tears glistened on the black and purple bruises covering 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez's face as he described being attacked by a group of people while going for a walk on the Fourth of July.

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A brutal attack with a brick leaves a 92- year - old man with bruises and broken bones. Borjas watched the child’s mother push the elderly man to the ground and repeatedly bash him in the face with a concrete brick while yelling, “ Go back to your country .”

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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.

He had traveled from Michoacan, Mexico, to visit his family in Willowbrook, California, a city in Los Angeles County, his grandson Erik Mendoza said.

He makes the trip about twice a year, and takes a walk through the neighborhood every day after lunch, Mendoza said. "Everyone in the neighborhood knows him already," he said.

Rodriguez said he was walking to a nearby park on Wednesday when he passed a woman and a little girl. 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.

"I didn't even bump into her kid," Rodriguez said. "I just passed her and she pushed me and she hit me until she was done."

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“' Go back to your country ,' 'why are you here,' bad things,” the witness said, according to KCBS-TV. Rodriguez’s grandson, Erik Mendoza, told KCBS-TV the 92- year - old does not speak any English, and he is shocked someone would attack an elderly man .

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"We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed," LA County Sheriff's Deputy D'Angelo Robinson told CNN affiliate KTLA. "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."

When reached by CNN, the LA County Sheriff's Office confirmed the attack took place but declined to comment further, saying it would soon be issuing a formal statement.

Misbel Borjas was driving by when she saw the woman hitting Rodriguez repeatedly in the head with a concrete block, she said.

"I heard her saying, go back to your country, go back to Mexico," she told CNN by phone. "When I tried to videotape her with my cell phone, she threw that same concrete block, tried to hit my car."

Police are looking for the woman and four men seen in Borjas' video, Robinson told KTLA.

Rodriguez said he doesn't remember when the woman picked up the concrete block, but he remembers being hit repeatedly. 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.

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Misbel Borjas told BuzzFeed News she saw the attack and heard the assailants shouting for Rodriguez to " go back " to Mexico. "He's a 92- year - old man ," Mendoza said. "There’s no possible threat."

"But that's not true," he said, through tears. "In the years I have been alive I have never offended anyone."

Mendoza said his grandfather suffered a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, two broken ribs and bruises on his face, back and abdomen. He spent five or six hours in the hospital, he said.

The family has started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover Rodriguez's medical costs.

As his grandfather laid back in a reclining chair at the family home, wearing a white T-shirt and blue plaid pajamas, Mendoza kissed him on one of the few places he hadn't been injured: the top of his head.

"We think we have an idea (on who the suspects are) but I just want police to find them," Mendoza said. "That's all our family wants, justice for our grandpa."

CNN's Andrea Diaz contributed to this report.

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