A 30-year-old woman who was arrested in the brutal beating of a 92-year-old Mexican national in Los Angeles was charged with attempted murder.
Laquisha Jones, 30, appeared in a Los Angeles court on Thursday, where she was charged by a judge, the Los Angeles Times reported. Jones also faces an elder abuse charge and infliction of injury in connection with the attack. Prosecutors asked her bail be set at $1.125 million.
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According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Jones allegedly beat Rodolfo Rodriguez with a brick. Witnesses said that several men got involved in the attack on Rodriguez.
Sheriff’s officials said that Jones was arrested Tuesday night. “Detectives began an extensive investigation into the assault. They obtained an arrest and search warrant for a suspect. Due to working every angle and lead in the case, it ultimately resulted in the arrest of Laquisha Jones without incident,” the department said.
Eyewitnesses said that Jones passed the elderly victim as he was walking down the street. They claimed that she started beating him with a piece of concrete, ABC7 reported.
Investigators initially thought Rodriguez may have bumped into a young girl who was with Jones before the assault happened, KTLA reported. Rodriguez, however, denied that it happened.
A witness told CNN that the suspect allegedly told Rodriguez, “Go back to your country. Go back to Mexico.”
Erik Mendoza, the grandson of the victim, wrote in a GoFundMe page that an “African-American lady and five other guys” assaulted his grandfather. “He is doing really bad, has a lot of bruises on his face and a broken cheekbone,” he said.
Rodriguez is a native of Mexico but a legal U.S. resident. He was visiting his family and had gone out alone for his daily walk, his grandson told NBC News.
“Who would do this to anybody?” Mendoza asked. “A 92-year-old senior citizen — what can he do to anybody? There’s no harm that he meant.”