Woman arrested after allegedly attacking 92-year-old man, telling him to 'go back to your country'

Authorities have reportedly arrested a woman who was involved in the beating of a 92-year-old man while he was walking around his neighborhood on Independence Day. 

The Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday that Laquisha Jones was arrested on Tuesday night and booked for assault with a deadly weapon. 

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Jones's arrest stems from an incident in which Rodolfo Rodriguez was reportedly taking a routine walk around his neighborhood on July 4. It was previously reported that Rodriguez accidentally bumped into a young girl on the sidewalk, leading the girl's mother to push Rodriguez to the ground. 

She then repeatedly hit his face with a brick, police said. She also shouted “Go back to your country,” a resident who witnessed the incident told a CBS local affiliate. 

Four men can also be seen joining the woman in the attack, according to video obtained by one of the witnesses. 

The LA Times notes that Rodriguez has a broken cheekbone and bruises on his face. 

Misbel Borjas, who lives near Rodriguez, told the newspaper that she saw a woman hit Rodriguez with a block of cement. 

“She was yelling at him, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to Mexico,’” Borjas added. “It was racist.”

Borjas also said that while she was on the phone with 911, multiple men assaulted Rodriguez as he lay on the ground. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the newspaper that they are still determining if more people were involved in the attack. The department said the motive for the attack is still unknown and that the weapon has yet to be located. 

The newspaper notes that Rodriguez, who is a legal U.S. citizen, was released from the hospital and has been recovering at home. A GoFundMe account that was set up to help cover Rodriguez's medical costs has raised over $250,000.