Elderly man cruelly beaten during July 4 attack, told 'go back to your own country'
Rodolfo Rodriguez was beaten with a brick and was told to 'go back to your own country’ by a group of attackers on Independence Day.
As reported by Sacramento Bee, Rodriguez, 92, has been hospitalized following the brutal attack on July 4, 2018.
The horrific incident occurred when the senior man accidentally bumped into a young girl while trying to pass her on the sidewalk.
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He was on his daily walk near his home in South Los Angeles at the time.
The girl's mother allegedly erupted by pushing Rodriguez to the ground. The mother then beat him in the face with a brick.
After a bystander stopped to film the incident and call the police, four men ran up and started to kick the 92-year-old while the girl's mother yelled at him, KCBS reported.
According to the witness, the mother told Rodriguez: “Go back to your country, why are you here, bad things."
Rodriguez's grandson, Erik Mendoza, told KCBS that his grandfather still has no idea why he was attacked.
KNBC reported that Rodriguez suffered a broken cheekbone and two broken ribs.
"Who would do this to anybody?" Mendoza said. "A 92-year-old senior citizen, what can he do to anybody? There's no harm that he meant."
The clip, recorded by the onlooker, has been reviewed by the Los Angeles sheriff’s investigators. They are now seeking the five people who attacked Rodriguez, KTLA reported.
"We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed," Deputy D'Angelo Robinson said. "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."
A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay Rodriguez’s medical costs. The drive had raised more than $29,000 of its original $15,000 goal by Sunday morning.