While we in East LA are used to stories of drive-bys and getting jumped for your iPhone, we were shocked this week to hear about a seemingly random attack on a ELH student while she was at work at a local Taqueria. The attack appears random, and the attacker made no attempt to rob the Taqueria. And according to the student (who’s identity we are concealing for her own protection) she has no idea who her attacker was.
According to the police report, last Tuesday evening at about 9:30 in the evening, the victim was throwing out trash in a dumpster behind Don Pepe’s Taqueria when her attacker jumped her from behind. He proceeded to physically assault her with punches to her face and body. He then picked her up and threw her across the alley where she landed in a pile of crates. The beating continued until Jacob Aguilar, ELH student and son of the owner of the Taqueria, hearing the commotion, ran outside and thankfully together they were able to take the attacker down and call the police.
What was even more strange is that the attacker now identified as Ramon Padilla wasn’t even from around here. According to police his last known address is in Campo, California, a town on the border with Mexico. Although police questioned the alleged attacker, he did not reveal why he was in East LA or why he attacked this particular victim. But, perhaps it is not a coincidence that the victim has also recently arrived in LA from Campo. When asked again if she knew her attacker the victim stated that she had never seen the guy before in her life.