Woman Sentenced For Physically Attacking 91-Year-Old Abuelito With A Brick
Laquisha Jones has been sentenced to 15 years for the physical attack on 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez in Willowbrook, California on July 4, 2018. The attack was witnessed by a passing motorist who took video of the bloodied Rodriguez and snapped a picture of Jones for police.
Laquisha Jones is facing 15 years in prison following a brutal attack last year.
Jones was charged with felony elder abuse in December following her attack on Rodriguez in July 2018. Jones attacked Rodriguez with a brick claiming he tried to touch her daughter as he passed them on the sidewalk. According to ABC 7 News, Jones was on probation after being convicted for making criminal threats. As part of a plea agreement, Jones pleaded no contest to the charge of elder abuse in order to avoid the heavier charges of attempted murder and elder abuse with a hate crime component, according to the New York Times.
Jones was facing a possible hate crime charge added to her case because she was reported to tell Rodriguez to “go back to your country” during the attack. The attack left Rodriguez with a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, broken ribs, and bruises all over his body.
Rodriguez claims there was a group of men that helped Jones in the attack.
Rodriguez and a witness of the attack, Misbel Borjas, told authorities that four men joined in on the attack. According to Borjas, Jones told the men that Rodriguez tried to touch her daughter and they joined in attacking Rodriguez.
Immediately after the attack, Borjas took video of a bloodied and bruised Rodriguez as he laid on the grass. She also took a photo of Jones holding the brick used in the attack to turn over to the police.
A photo of the woman taken by a witness was a pivotal part of finding and arresting the man’s attacker.
Jones was booked and the bail was set at $1.1 million because of the assault and violation of probation. Despite trying to hide from her attorney in the news footage, Jones was held accountable for her actions in the end and entered a plea deal that lowered her crimes.
The attack garnered national attention because of the victim’s age and number of attackers.
Jones was arrested just days after the attack in July 2018 and was in county jail waiting for her court date in December. The unprovoked attack made headlines since Rodriguez was visiting his family from Michoacán, Mexico, which he frequently did.
Rodriguez is pleased with the decision in court.
According to KCAL9, Rodriguez said he is “happy and good, thanks to God” after the sentencing. He continued through an interpreter that “everyone makes mistakes. We have to forgive each other because God forgives us.”