92-Year-Old Mexican-American Man Brutally Beaten on Independence Day

The family of an elderly Mexican man living in Los Angeles, California was shocked and horrified when the man was the victim of a racially motivated attack. While on a walk, the victim had a run-in with a mother and child. He was pushed down to the ground, kicked, and beaten with a brick by several attackers. The attackers told the elderly man to 'go back to your own country’.

Rodolfo Rodriguez, age 92, is living in America legally, but some people in his neighborhood brutalized the immigrant. The elderly man finished his dinner and went for his evening walk as usual on July 4. He accidentally bumped into a little girl, and the girl's mother immediately became irate.

Rodriguez, who does not speak English, did not understand what was happening. The child's mother pushed Rodriguez to the ground, picked up a brick and began beating the man in the face. Then four other men rushed forward and assisted her, hitting and kicking them man.

A Hispanic woman witnessed the incident and attempted to film them, but she was unable to stop the beating. She says the mother was yelling, “Go back to your country, why are you here, bad things.”

When the witness tried to intervene, the mother turned on her and threatened her with the same brick, so the witness just called police. She has a photo of the suspect.

“When I take the picture, she said, ‘Oh, he tried to touch my girl.’ I saw everything, this is a lie. And when the guys came, they hit him in the face, his body, everything,” said the witness.

Rodriguez suffered from a broken cheekbone, broken ribs, and has bruises all over him. The elderly man is recovering but the attack nearly killed him.

Erik Mendoza, Rodriguez's grandson, is horrified by what happened. "Who would do this to anybody?" he said to KNBC news. "A 92-year-old senior citizen, what can he do to anybody? There's no harm that he meant."

“I’m just overwhelmed how anybody can do this to a human being at all,” Mendoza later told KCAL. "He’s 92 years of age. There’s no harm that he meant for you to treat him the way you did.”

The grandson is stunned that a mother would do something so vicious right in front of her own small child. “That’s the lesson you’re going to give your child, for you to hurt elderly people because they bump into you?” he asked. “I just want to know what was going through her mind.”

Police are investigating and say the level of violence against the man is disturbing. They have launched a manhunt against the five individuals who were involved in the attack.

"We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed," Deputy D'Angelo Robinson said to 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."

Rodriguez's family set up a GoFundMe account to cover the elderly man's medical bills, which are extensive. They surpassed their goal of $15,000 by Sunday morning, and by Monday they had more than doubled it.

Source: AOL
Photos: You Tube Screenshots

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