15-year Prison Sentence for Woman who Brutally Beat 92-year-old man with Brick
Photo: Laquisha Jones
WILLOWBROOK – July 4th wasn’t much of a celebration for a 92-year-old man who was beaten with a brick by a neighbor.
A simple nightly stroll near 118th and Robin streets in Willowbrook turned ugly when the elderly gentleman accidentally banged into a child on the sidewalk. Neighbors witnessed a woman batter the frightened Hispanic man with a brick, as she repeatedly yelled, “Go back!”
A vehicle full of men arrived, jumped into the fray, and the battering continued. The woman fled.
The main suspect was later identified in a video taken at the scene. Authorities arrested Laquisha Jones (dob 3/10/88) of Los Angeles on July 10th. The other assaulters are being sought.
Los Angeles District Attorney announced charges with two counts in case TA146529: attempted murder and elder abuse, infliction of injury. The DA said, “The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned July 12th in Department 12 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Compton Branch. Prosecutors are asking that bail be set at $1.125 million.”
The felony complaint’s special allegations stated that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon – a brick – during the commission of the crime and that Jones committed great bodily injury upon the victim.
Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick of the Victim Impact Program was assigned to the case. The charging document also alleged that Jones was previously convicted of making criminal threats in 2017 in case TA142570.
As the locked-up, over-reacting neighbor cooled her jets in jail, images of the disfigured octagenerian went viral. Grandson Erik Mendoza set up a Go Fund Me page, “On July 4th at around 7pm, my grandfather Rodolfo Rodriguez who is 92 years of age was going for his daily walk around the block when he was assaulted by an African-American lady and five other guys. He is doing really bad, has a lot of bruises on his face and a broken cheekbone.”
The result: $327,445 far suprassed the $15,000 goal, raised by 12,174 people in eight months. The family stayed at the bedside of the severly bloodied, unable-to-walk grandfather with bruised ribs.
The teamwork of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Century Station Detectives and the County District Attorney’s Office brought justice this week: Jones was handed a 15-year prison sentence for the violent brick attack.
While sitting out her sentence in detention, Jones should have plenty of time to mull over the simple playground rules – “Use your words, and do your best to get along well with others.”