Authorities arrested a woman late Tuesday night believed to be involved the brutal assault of a 91-year-old grandfather in a Los Angeles-area community. Laquisha Jones, 30, of Los Angeles, was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department relayed to KTLA-TV.
Rodolfo Rodriguez had left for a walk near his family’s home in Willowbrook on July 4 when he passed a small girl and a woman, the latter of whom attacked him with a concrete block without warning, he told CNN.
A neighbor, Misbel Borjas, captured the aftermath on video, which shows blood streaming down the grandfather’s face. He was left unable to walk and suffered a broken cheek bone, bruised ribs and head injuries, KTLA-TV reported.
“She was yelling at him, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to Mexico,’” Borjas told the Los Angeles Times. “It was racist.”
Rodriguez is a lawful, permanent resident, according to The Times. He’s from Michoacan, Mexico.
A motive for the attack remains unknown, the newspaper reported. Police gained a search warrant for the suspect and still don’t know whether others took part in the attack, per the Times.
A group of men reportedly assaulted Rodriguez following the initial attack from the woman, whom Borjas captured on camera. That image was relayed to journalists and tweeted by reporter Rachel Kim of CBS Los Angeles.
Jones was being held Wednesday on in lieu of $200,000 bail, according to NBC Los Angeles, and jail records did not indicate an initial court appearance.
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