A 92-year-old California man was allegedly attacked while walking on Independence Day by five people who reportedly beat him with a brick and yelled at him, “Go back to your country,” according to Los Angeles police.
Rodolfo Rodriguez, who is a legal U.S. citizen, was reportedly on his routine walk when he accidentally bumped into a young girl on the sidewalk as he was trying to get around her, The Sacramento Bee reported.
The toddler’s mother proceeded to push the elderly man to the ground and began hitting his face with her fists, and then with a brick, police said.
“Go back to your country, why are you here, bad things,” a resident who witnessed the incident told a local CBS affiliate.
In footage obtained by one of the witnesses, four other men can reportedly be seen joining the mother on the attack, kicking the elderly man.
Erik Mendoza, Rodriguez’s grandson, told the local station that his grandfather doesn’t speak English and doesn’t understand why he was attacked.
“I’m just overwhelmed how anybody can do this to a human being at all,” Mendoza said. “He’s 92 years of age. There’s no harm that he meant for you to treat him the way you did.”
Rodriguez suffered a broken cheekbone, broken ribs and has suffered bruises all over his body.
“Who would do this to anybody?” Mendoza told the news outlet. “A 92-year-old senior citizen, what can he do to anybody? There’s no harm that he meant.”
Local police are searching for the five people who attacked the elderly man.
“We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed,” Deputy D’Angelo Robinson told the Sacramento Bee. “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.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up of for Rodriguez and has already raised more than $31,000 of its $15,000 goal to help cover his medical costs.