LOS ANGELES – Police are investigating after a viral video surfaced showing a Los Angeles couple in their 60s brutally beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot by a group of people following an Elton John concert.
LAPD officials confirmed they are investigating the battery incident that occurred in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Thursday.
The couple’s daughter, Nicole, spoke with FOX 11 about the incident.
“They were so excited to go have a random little date night, so they went to the Elton John concert,” Nicole said “They had a really nice night and they wanted to beat the crowd so they left 10-15 minutes before the concert ended.”
Nicole said her parents were about to leave the stadium when they heard a loud thud.
“They were in their car exiting Dodger Stadium and traffic got crazy out there. People were walking around all the cars, so they were in line to exit. A group of people walked around their car and they both heard this loud bang and someone had hit my dad’s mirror on his Tahoe,” said Nicole.
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Nicole said her dad got out of the car to figure out what happened.
“He looked and he was thinking his mirror was hanging off, and he looked at the people and said, ‘Who hit my mirror,’ and this group of about six people turned around,” Nicole said., “A female was like ‘ I did,’ and she was intoxicated and witnesses claim that she swung [at] my dad first and he went to block. The last thing he remembers is these three or four guys just started hitting him all at the same time.”
Nicole said her mom was in the car, but got out to help once she realized what was happening.
“Her instinct was to get out and help him, and as my mom’s trying to pull men off of him, she was grabbed by the back of the head by a female in that group. Before she knew it, the gentleman in the black shirt , black backwards hat (as seen in the video), basically football tackles my mom and my mom just remembers flying and that’s it,” Nicole said. “Witnesses said that my mom hit her head so hard on the concrete that they heard her skull hit and everyone was certain she had cracked her head. My mom blacked out and when she came to, she was looking around and no one was helping them and she looked and my dad was lifeless on the floor, blacked out as well.”
Nicole said one man helped her parents and that man also recorded the video, but had a run in with the attackers.
“The attackers witnessed him recording and went after him as well, so they broke his phone, and punched him is what I’m told,” said Nicole.
Nicole said her parents were not receiving help quickly enough, so her mom ended up driving them both to the hospital, and that’s where they made a police report with the LAPD. She said her parents suffered brain injuries and broken bones. Her mother was released from the hospital that night, but her father remained hospitalized until Saturday.
“I didn’t know what to do. I had to really gather my thoughts, and instantly it was anger, just anger. My parents are much older than these people in the video and I can’t understand how people could throw away their lives and risk their livelihoods with just a careless act,” she said.
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Nicole said the case got more traction after the video went viral on social media.
“As social media blew up, we were contacted today [by police] so we did give our part of the story so hopefully justice can be served and the legal system doesn’t fail us but already we’re being told LAPD is saying this started from a fender bender so from the get go, the story’s already wrong ,” Nicole said.
No arrests have been made in the case yet, and Nicole said her family wants the attackers arrested. Though their medical bills are expensive, the family does not plan to create a GoFundMe because their focus is asking the public for help identifying the suspects.
“We’re not out there to ask the community for money,” said Nicole. “We’re doing this to ask people to speak up because when you have a TikTok that goes viral with 1.5 million views, and not one person has said anything, I feel like these people are being protected or getting their ducks in a row so we need people to start talking.”