A woman charged with attempted murder and elder abuse for the beating of a 92-year-old man in Willowbrook has pleaded not guilty. 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.
The 92-year-old man who was viciously beaten with a brick in Willowbrook says he does not resent the woman who assaulted him and wishes God's forgiveness and blessings upon her.
Rodolfo Rodriguez was attacked on July 4 while taking a walk in the unincorporated Willowbrook area.
Afterward, Rodriguez was taken to the hospital for medical treatment and Jones fled the scene, according to authorities.
The charging document alleges that Jones was previously convicted of making criminal threats, in 2017. Prosecutors asked that her bail be set at $1.125 million. Then about three of them also started beating the older man, she said. "She did hurt me, but I can not be an enemy and say I condemn her", Rodolfo Rodriguez told KABC-TV during an interview at his daughter's home on Wednesday. Sheriff's officials are investigating their potential role in the assault.
"She was yelling at him, 'Go back to your country, ' or 'Go back to Mexico, '" Borjas said. Investigators said so far that has not been substantiated.
Rodriguez, whose face is still black and blue a week after the attack, hugged Borjas outside his home Wednesday and thanked her for her help. He said the law should take its course with regard to punishment. "I'm not qualified to say she deserves five years or 10 years - that's not going to heal anything or heal me". Rodriguez added that he is grateful for the support he's received from the community and thanked the people who have helped him during this hard time. As of Thursday morning, more than $300,000 had been raised.
Rodriguez, a native of Mexico but a legal USA resident, had gone out alone for his daily walk, according to his grandson Erik Mendozza, about an hour and a half before he was going to watch fireworks with his family. He was badly battered, and the bruises and gashes are still visible.