A woman was arrested late Tuesday in the beating of a 92-year-old man in Los Angeles County in which the attacker reportedly told the man to “go back to Mexico.”
The beating left him bloodied, bruised and bewildered about why he was attacked.
The woman, Laquisha Jones, 30, of Los Angeles, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and was held on $200,000 bail.
A witness, Misbel Borjas, told and other news organizations that the attacker used a brick in the beating of the man, who was identified by the authorities as Rodolfo Rodriguez. Several men soon joined in the attack.
The beating occurred around 7:30 p.m. on July 4 in an area of unincorporated Los Angeles County, a statement from the sheriff’s department said. It’s known as Willowbrook and is about 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Rodriguez, who was visiting the area, was hospitalized for several hours, and is now recovering with family, the statement said.
The police did not immediately determine a motive, and said Tuesday that they are still searching for the other men. Ms. Borjas said she heard the attacker saying: “Go back to your country. Go back to Mexico.” She gave similar accounts to The Los Angeles Times and other news organizations, but did not respond to follow-up interview requests.
Mr. Rodriguez said that the woman told a group of men nearby — the men who came over and began kicking him on the ground — that he had tried to take away her daughter.
“But that’s not true,” he said, adding that he had not bumped into a child. “In the years I have been alive, I have never offended anyone.”
Ms. Borjas toldshe tried to help Mr. Rodriguez, but the woman threatened her, too. Ms. Borjas snapped a photo of the woman, who was with a young girl.
Erik Mendoza, Mr. Rodriguez’s grandson, told that his grandfather sustained a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, two broken ribs and bruises on his face, back and abdomen. He said Mr. Rodriguez visits from Michoacán, Mexico, twice a year and walks through the neighborhood every day after lunch.
In a bedside interview with Noticias 62, a Spanish-language station in Los Angeles, Mr. Rodriguez said he was happy to be alive.
“God has given me his blessing,” he said.