Rodriguez's family said during his evening walk, he was confronted by a woman with a child after he accidentally bumped into the girl as he tried to pass them on the sidewalk.
The woman then picked up a brick and started beating Rodriguez with it. Once he was on the ground, a group of men began to kick him, KNBC reported. "When I tried to videotape her with my cell phone, she threw that same concrete block, tried to hit my auto".
Per KTLA, Rodriguez was able to identify his attacker from video footage of the incident, which follows a 52% increase in anti-Hispanic and anti-Latino crimes in California in 2017, reports the Sacramento Bee.
Mendoza said his grandfather suffered a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, two broken ribs and bruises on his face, back and abdomen.
"Go back to your country, why are you here, bad things", the witness said the mother told Rodriguez, who is a legal USA resident, according to the station.
According to the man's family, the battered grandfather was walking in the Willowbrook neighborhood when the unprovoked attack happened.
Mendoza later told news channel KTLA-TV that he couldn't believe anyone would do that to an elderly man. "A 92-year-old senior citizen, what can he do to anybody?" Nobody shouldn't even harm him 'cause I wouldn't want to see nobody hurting my father or mother. Newsweek has reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for more information but did not hear back in time for publication.
Deputy D'Angelo Robinson said that "We are concerned, especially with the type of crime they committed..." "There was what appears to be a 4-year-old child there who witnessed the entire thing". We can't these kind of people like that out in our streets'.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page for Rodriguez as he recovers in the hospital. The campaign has already raised over $30,000, which is $15,000 more than the family had asked for.