Grandfather Beaten with Concrete Block, Told ‘Go Back to Your Own Country’

Leroy Wright
July 11, 2018

According to reports, the 92-year-old Rodriguez was taking his daily walk around the block near his Willowbrook home when he was confronted by a woman with a child. Rodriguez is now hospitalized for his injuries. The girl's mother supposedly told the man, "Go back to your country, why are you here, bad things", according to The Hill.

The man's grandson, Erik Mendoza, told KCBS his grandfather doesn't speak English and had no idea why he was being attacked.

Rodriguez's family told KTLA-TV that the woman from the photograph pushed Rodriguez to the ground, picked up a brick and began beating him with it. Newsweek has reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for more information but did not hear back in time for publication.

"And when he turned his back they just tossed him on the floor and she started hitting him, and then she grabbed a brick and started hitting him with the brick, and then out of nowhere he saw three to four other guys just come rushing and just start stomping on him", Mendoza said his grandfather told him.

Following the assault, he was left bloodied and unable to walk with bruised ribs, a broken cheekbone, a battered face and head injuries.

She confirmed that the woman and her fellow attackers made racist comments to Rodriguez.

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Also, the Trump Organization canceled his health insurance at one point, costing him the equivalent of $11,000. He received just two raises over the past six years, but his 2010 raise "came with a catch, Cintron said".

Rodriguez's attack comes after the Department of Justice released its recent hate crime statistics, reported by KCRA.

He'll be turning 92 in September, Rodriguez said, and he's never been hurt like this before, in a life working the fields with cattle and corn. "What kind of harm can he mean to anyone?"

"We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed", Deputy D'Angelo Robinson told the Sacramento Bee. "That's why we're still in shock, as you can see he's badly injured".

A GoFundMe page has been started to help Rodriguez with his medical expenses. The campaign has already raised over $30,000, which is $15,000 more than the family had asked for.

The woman was filmed with her child, and she appeared to have an object that was used to beat the elderly man. Sheriff's Det. Carlos Cueva said no one had been apprehended as of Monday evening.

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