Grandfather beaten with concrete block, told ‘go back to your own country’


The grandfather's name is Rodolfo Rodriguez, and the attack left him in bad shape - two broken ribs, a broken cheekbone, and lots of bruising. They kicked Rodriguez, who was already crumpled on the ground, and stomped on his head.

"I'm just overwhelmed how anybody can do this to a human being at all", Erik Mendoza, the man's grandson, told CBS News.

The drive had raised more than $34,000 of its original $15,000 goal by Monday early afternoon.

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

Martinez wrote for the page, "On July 4th at around 7pm, my grandfather Rodolfo Rodriguez whose 92 years of age was going for his daily walk around the block when he was assaulted by and African American lady and five other guys".

"And then when one of the witnesses comes out of her vehicle and starts screaming at her, four other guys come in and start kicking on him", Mendoza told KTLA.

Rodriguez, who is a legal US resident with a multigenerational American family, was reportedly told to go back to his country during the incident, a witness told CBS Los Angeles.

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Sheriff's Deputy D'Angelo Robinson said in a statement that authorities are now searching for five suspects: four men and the woman seen in the video.

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

The eyewitness said she called the police and asked the mother why she attacked the man, and was told by the mother that Rodriguez had tried to touch her daughter. "There's no harm that he meant for you to treat him the way you did".

"How can you hurt a 92-year-old man?" said Mendoza, who told CNN that Rodriguez turns 92 this fall. He said. "That's why we're still in shock, as you can see he's badly injured".

A GoFundMe page has been started to help Rodriguez with his medical expenses.

Rodriguez, who was interviewed by investigators, doesn't remember much about the incident, but he was able to identify his alleged attacker in the video.

He said the altercation began when he and the female suspect's child collided while they were walking near each other near the intersection of 118th Street and Central Avenue.

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