Brick beating suspect charged with attempted murder, elder abuse

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

He was in the area of118th Street and Robin Street in Willowbrook, an unincorporated area of L.A. County when the attack occurred.

The woman accused of the racially charged beating of a 92-year-old man while he was walking around his Los Angeles neighborhood on Independence Day has reportedly been charged with attempted murder. The witness managed to snap a photo of that female suspect, who was later identified by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as 30-year-old Laquisha Jones of Los Angeles.

According to NBC, Los Angeles prosecutors are asking for her bail to be set at $1.125 million.

Jones was convicted of making criminal threats in 2017, according to the DA's office.

She also faces a special allegation that she used a deadly weapon, a brick, during the crime and caused great bodily injury.

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Misbel Borjas, who lives in the area, captured a video of Rodriguez as he sat dazed in the grass, his face covered in blood. Rodriguez said he was passing a woman and her daughter when the woman began assaulting him with a concrete block.

The victim, Rodolfo Rodriguez, suffered a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, two broken ribs and bruises on his face, back and abdomen, his family told CNN.

A group of three or four men also ran up and participated in the beating, Borjas said - and authorities are investigating their potential role in the assault. Investigators said so far that has not been substantiated. While Rodriguez was being assaulted, he could only hear people's voices but couldn't make out what his attackers were saying, he said.

Borjas, 35, said Rodriguez was hit about five times with the brick and that Jones yelled at him: "Go back to your country".

He told reporters that he doesn't know why he was attacked and is grateful for the outpouring of community support and well wishes he's received. A GoFundMe page, with a goal of $15,000, was created July 6 to help pay for Rodriguez's medical treatment. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than $284,000 had been raised. He has since been released from the hospital and is now recovering.

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