Erik Mendoza realized that his 91-year-old grandfather was missing after the Fourth of July fireworks in Los Angeles, but he thought that he might have gone for his daily walk, so he wandered around the neighborhood to find him. However, what he found was a bloodstained sidewalk.
Mendoza said that his grandfather Rodolfo Rodriguez, who is a permanent resident of the U.S., had been taken to the hospital with two broken ribs and a broken cheek bone after being hit with a brick.
A witness named Misbel Borjas saw the advance as it happened: Rodriguez accidentally bumped into a young girl around 7 p.m. on July 4 while walking on the sidewalk. The child’s mother pushed the elderly man to the ground, took a brick from the floor and yelled: “Go back to your country!”
Borjas tried to help the man, but the lady told her that she will use the same brick against her car if she comes closer. Then Borjas photographer the mother and her child and called 911.
The assault continued minutes later, after a group of young men gathered around Rodriguez, who was lying on the ground, and the lady accused him of trying to snatch the young girl. They continued hitting the 91-year-old, who was crying on the ground and was asking them why are they doing it in Spanish.
Borjas exited her car and waited for the ambulance to arrive once the men fled the scene. She said that it was terrible, and the man looked like he had severe injuries.
Mendoza and his family had gathered around 8:30 p.m. to watch the Independence Day fireworks, but they weren’t aware what happened to Rodriguez until later that evening.
“I was in shock that someone would hurt my grandfather, “What kind of harm can he mean to anyone? He’s 91.” – Mendoza said
Rodriguez was released from the hospital on Thursday, and the family has set up a GoFundMe campaign for his medical costs.
It has been confirmed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that there’s an active ongoing investigation, however, no one has yet been apprehended.