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Update: LASD Says Brutal Attack on Man, 92, Not 'Hate Related'

July 09, 2018 - 5:38 pm

(KNX 1070) -- Los Angeles detectives have arrested a 30-year-old woman for allegedly attacking an elderly man with a piece of concrete -- and shouting racial insults -- while many people were getting ready to watch fireworks on Fourth of July last week. 

Through their investigation, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says detectives have discovered that this is not a hate related incident. Detectives are seeking additional information about other possible suspects that may have been involved or other witnesses that may have seen the assault, according to LASD. The investigation is ongoing.

The 92-year-old man was assaulted near his South LA home. Witnesses say the woman, Laquisha Jones, became enraged and allegedly hurled racial insults after he bumped into a child. Rodolfo Rodriguez suffered a broken cheekbone and is out of the hospital.

KNX reporter Craig Fiegener reports:

Sherrif Lt. Richard Ruiz said despite his injuries, Rodriguez was able to talk to detectives:

When friends and neighbors got to Rodriguez, he was bleeding from wounds to his head and face inflicted by a woman and five young men near the corner of 118th and Robin Street.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a neighbor of Rodriguez's, Misbel Borjas, was driving past the incident and says she saw Rodriguez walking and attempt to pass the woman and the girl on the sidewalk. She then saw the woman push Rodriguez and start to hit him with a block of cement.

“She was yelling at him, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to Mexico,’” Borjas remembers. “It was racist.”

According to Det. Matt Luna, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Rodriguez was struck from behind and “as he fell on the ground, he blacked out."

Rodriguez was reportedly able to identify some of the people who attacked him using images recorded by someone in the neighborhood.

In the meantime, there has been an outpouring of financial aid to help Rodriguez with his medical expenses. A GoFundMe page on his behalf as of Wednesday has raised more than $256,000.