Agencies (Qasioun) – US Media sources said on Tuesday that a 91-year-old man called Rodolfo Rodriguez was beaten by a group of people while going for a walk on the Fourth of July.
During an interview with CNN, he said that he was walking to a nearby park on Wednesday when he passed a woman and a little girl. Without warning, the woman assaulted him, he added, hitting him with a concrete block and enlisting a group of men to join in beating him.
"I can't walk anymore," Rodriguez said in Spanish. "I'm in so much pain."
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.
He had traveled from Michoacan, Mexico, to visit his family in Willowbrook, California, a city in Los Angeles County, his grandson Erik Mendoza said.
He makes the trip about twice a year, and takes a walk through the neighborhood every day after lunch, Mendoza said. "Everyone in the neighborhood knows him already," he said.
"I didn't even bump into her kid," Rodriguez said. "I just passed her and she pushed me and she hit me until she was done."
LA County Sheriff's Deputy D'Angelo Robinson told CNN "We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed, there was what appears to be a 4-year-old child there who witnessed the entire thing. We can't have these kind of people like that out in the streets."
LA County Sheriff's Office confirmed the attack took place but declined to comment further, saying it would soon be issuing a formal statement.
Misbel Borjas was driving by when she saw the woman hitting Rodriguez repeatedly in the head with a concrete block, she said.
"I heard her saying, go back to your country, go back to Mexico," she told CNN by phone. "When I tried to videotape her with my cell phone, she threw that same concrete block, tried to hit my car."
Police are looking for the woman and four men seen in Borjas' video.
Rodriguez said he doesn't remember when the woman picked up the concrete block, but he remembers being hit repeatedly. At one point, he says, the woman ran up to a group of men nearby and told them Rodriguez was trying to take her daughter away from her -- so the men joined her and started kicking him as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk, Rodriguez said.
"But that's not true," he said, through tears. "In the years I have been alive I have never offended anyone."