On Tuesday night, Laquisha Jones was arrested for brutally beating Rodolfo Rodriguez, a 92 year old man, with a brick on the Fourth of July.
She was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. During the beating, a young child was standing next to her, presumably her child, and three or four male suspects eventually joined her in kicking and beating the elderly man.
Rodriguez is currently hospitalized with multiple head and body injuries, including broken ribs and head wounds. A GoFundMe has been set up by his grandson, Erik Martinez, to cover medical expenses. It has already surpassed its initial goal of $15,000 many times over, with donations continuing to pour in past the $200,000 mark.
It’s not fully clear why Jones began to beat Rodriguez, beyond his simply bumping into her child on the street, though officials are considering the possibility of this being a hate crime, given what witnesses heard her saying to the man.
Laquisha Jones was assisted by three or four other men who are still at large. Here’s what you need to know.
1. She Began Beating Rodriguez When He Bumped Into Her Child on the Street
According to interviews with the family, _____ begin to beat Rodriguez after he bumped into her child. Rodriguez said that he was going on his usual evening stroll around eight in the evening in Willowbrook, the neighborhood where his family lives, when he bumped into Jones’s little girl while trying to move around her.
That’s when Jones reportedly threw Rodriguez to the ground and began hitting him with her fists, as well as a brick. Rodriguez’s grandson Erik Martinez explained that Rodriguez doesn’t speak English, and had no idea why he was being attacked.
Luckily, a witness was driving by and saw the entire thing, as well as the three or four men who joined Jones in beating Rodriguez. The witness claims that when she confronted the woman and told her she had taken a picture of her, Jones said that Rodriguez had touched her girl.
2. She Shouted Racist Statements at Him & Told Him to ‘Go Back to His Country’
According to the witness, who asked that she not be named, Jones repeatedly screamed a series of racist statements at Rodriguez while beating him.
“She was yelling at him, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to Mexico,’” the witness said, via The Los Angeles Times. “It was racist.”
Rodriguez is from Mexico, but visits his family in Los Angeles often. The witness explained that while she was on the phone with 911, the men returned to continue beating Rodriguez.
This is a breaking post, and will be updated with more information as it comes