Woman brutally assaults 92-year-old man with brick, breaks his jaw and shouts 'go back to your country'
Laquisha Jones was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez with a brick on July 4, 2018
Laquisha Jones, a 30-year-old woman based in Los Angeles, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking a 91-year-old man with a brick on July 4, 2018.
Jones was sentenced on Thursday after she entered no contest plea to elder abuse in December. The incident was recorded by a witness and, in the video, Rodolfo Rodriguez, the elderly man, can be seen sitting with a bloodied face after the attack.
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Condenan a 15 años de prisión a #LaquishaJones, mujer de 30 años de edad que hace algunos meses agredió a un hombre de 92 años de edad golpeándolo con un ladrillo. https://t.co/cnEKuPGmyA pic.twitter.com/1ZbDUqZBDY
The attack took place in Willowbrook, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Witnesses also said that Jones shoved Rodriguez to the ground before she picked the brick and hit him with it. The witness also took a picture of Jones with a brick in her hand and her child by her side.
According to a report in Daily Mail, the attack was unprovoked and Jones attacked Rodriguez, a Mexican national, while he was taking a walk. As a part of the plea, Jones confessed to using a dangerous weapon while committing the crime. A witness, Misbel Borjas, also recalled that Jones had told Rodriguez: 'Go back to your country'. She also stated that four men joined Jones in beating up Rodriguez. However, no hate crime charges were pursued by the prosecution.
Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick said that a charge of attempted murder was dropped as a part of the negotiated plea deal. Investigators said that the attack was triggered by Jones' belief that the 92-year-old man had bumped into her daughter while he was walking, which Rodriguez has denied.
Rodriguez, who suffered from broken ribs and jaw after the attack, got help through a GoFundMe page which aimed to raise $15,000 for his treatment. However, close to $330,000 was raised. He is now based in Willowbrook and spoke to KCAL9 about Jones' sentence. He said he was 'good and happy thanks to God'. Rodriguez also felt that 15 years of jail time was unnecessary and that Jones should have gotten two to three years for her crime.
He also said, "Everyone makes mistakes, and we have to forgive each other because God forgives us." In December, speaking of the incident, Rodrigues, who is a legal US resident, said in Spanish, "I'm just a poor old man; I don't deserve it. I'm not qualified to say she deserves five years or 10 years — that's not going to heal anything or heal me. What's going to heal me is Jesus Christ. They'll give her the punishment she deserves."