Rodriguez said he was walking to a nearby park on Wednesday when he passed a woman and a little girl. Without cautioning, the woman assaulted him, he told, hitting him with a concrete block and enlisting a group of men to join in beating him .
“I didn’t even knock against her kid, ” Rodriguez told. “I only passed her and she pushed me and she made me until she was done.”
“We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they perpetrated, ” LA County Sheriff’s Deputy D’Angelo Robinson told CNN affiliate KTLA
. “There was what appears to be a 4-year-old infant there who witnessed the entire thing. We can’t have these various kinds 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 “shes seen” 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 hurled that same concrete block, tried to made my car.”
Police are looking for the woman and four humen seen in Borjas’ video, Robinson told KTLA .
Rodriguez said he doesn’t remember when the woman picked up the concrete block, but he recollects hard hit repeatedly. At one point, he says, the woman operated up to a group of men nearby and told them Rodriguez was trying to take her daughter away from her — so the three men joined her and started kicking him as he lay hemorrhaging on the sidewalk, Rodriguez told .
“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 expended five or six hours in the hospital, he said .
The family has started a GoFundMe campaign
to help cover Rodriguez’s medical expenses .
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 only want police to find them, ” Mendoza said. “That’s all our family wants, justice for our grandpa.”
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