92-Year-Old Latino Man Beaten with Brick Claims Attacker Shouted 'Go Back to Your Own Country'

An elderly man is suffering from broken ribs after he claims he was brutally attacked by a woman who hit him with a brick during his evening walk.

Rodolfo Rodriguez, 92, told KTLA-TV on Saturday that he was taking a walk around his neighborhood on July 4 when he accidentally bumped into a little girl walking with her mother as he was trying to get around them.

The mother of the toddler pushed Rodriguez to the ground and began hitting him with a brick, KTLA-TV reported. Once he was on the ground, a group of men began to kick him, KNBC reported.

A witness who saw Rodriguez on the ground after the attack began recording with her cellphone and contacted police, KCBS-TV reported. The witness told the station that the female attacker told Rodriguez, who is a legal resident of the U.S., to go back to his country.

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Rodolfo Rodriguez, 92, says he was beaten by a woman with a brick while he was taking his evening walk around the neighborhood on July 4. He is suffering from broken ribs, a broken cheekbone, and bruises all over his body, according to the Gofundme page. Erick Mendoza/Gofundme Page

"'Go back to your country,' 'why are you here,' bad things," the witness said, according to KCBS-TV.

The attack left the elderly man with bruises all over his body, a broken cheekbone and broken ribs, KNBC reported. Rodriguez's grandson, Erik Mendoza, told KCBS-TV the 92-year-old does not speak any English, and he is shocked someone would attack an elderly man.

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

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told KTLA-TV that they have started an investigation into the incident. Newsweek has reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for more information but did not hear back in time for publication.

"We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed," Deputy D'Angelo Robinson told KTLA-TV. "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."

Mendoza and the rest of Rodriguez's family have started a GoFundMe page to help Rodriguez pay for his medical bills. The campaign has already raised over $30,000, which is $15,000 more than the family had asked for.

"He is [doing] very badly, he has many bruises on his face, he has lost his sight in his right eye and he has a broken cheekbone. We ask people for help because their treatment will be long and costly for their recovery," the GoFundMe page reads.

Newsweek reached out to Mendoza for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Last week, a Las Vegas man was arrested and charged with sexual assault, battery and attempted murder after he broke into an 80-year-old woman's home and attacked her.

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