A Los Angeles woman charged with attempted murder earlier this year after attacking a senior citizen, pleaded no contest to lesser charges on Thursday inside the Los Angeles County District court.
NBC News reports that 30-year-old Laquisha Jones pleaded no contest to elder abuse–infliction of injury, in connection with a July 4 incident that left Rodolfo Rodriguez, 91 at the time, in the hospital with severe injuries.
On the day in question, Rodriquez went for a walk in the Willowbrook community of Los Angeles, shortly before he was scheduled to meet his family and watch fireworks. At some point, he passed by Jones and her 4-year-old daughter. The elderly man may have accidentally bumped into the child, which apparently set Jones off. She picked up a brick and attacked Rodriguez so severely that she broke the man’s jaw, several ribs and his cheekbone.
“She immediately hit him with her hands and then got a brick and started hitting him in the head with the brick,” witness Misbel Borjas said, according to CBS2. “He tried to block her but he’s old and pretty weak.”
According to The Sacramento Bee, witnesses said Jones was in a full rage mode during the incident, and knocked Rodriguez to the ground before attacking him. Borjas said Jones told the victim to “go back to his own country” as four men joined her and began yelling at the victim.
When an eyewitness asked why Jones attacked the man, she reportedly said Rodriquez tried to touch her daughter, but witnesses on the scene said that was not true. Rodriquez later said he had no idea why he was attacked and doesn’t think he even bumped into the little girl.
Around a week after the attack, Rodriquez told local reporters he relied on religion to help him through the process, while counting on law enforcement to take care of the case against Jones.
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 13, 2018
“I’m not qualified to say she deserves five years or 10 years – that’s not going to heal anything or heal me,” Rodriquez said. “What’s going to heal me is Jesus Christ. They’ll give her the punishment she deserves.”
Jones was already on probation for a previous charge of making threats at the time of her arrest. She’s scheduled for sentencing for the latest case on February 28.
The identities of the men allegedly involved in the incident remain unclear. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Aurelia Rodriguez and Rodolfo Rodriquez via AP/Damian Dovarganes]