Community rallies around Lynwood street vendor beaten and robbed by 4 women
The suspects are still at large.
Marilaura Lopez, now discharged from hospital, says she was beaten and robbed on Oakwood Avenue near State Street last Sunday night.
She says it was just before 6:30 p.m. when she saw a silver sedan pass by.
Four young women came out, apparently to buy raspado, or crushed ice.
Instead, two of them grabbed her by the arms. She was hit in the head, then hit again and again.
She says she will never forget their laughter as they hit her again and again.
A photo of the vehicle is available, but the plates have been removed. Surveillance video shows the car a few minutes before the attack driving back and forth on Oakwood.
His money is gone, Lopez says it hurts to waste a day’s work.
She and her husband each work an average of five days a week, 10 hours a day to help feed their four children.
But for Lopez, the psychological trauma is worse.
She is afraid to return to work while the suspects remain at large.
Community advocates are organizing a fundraiser on June 13 to support Lopez.
“We are recovering the same street where she was attacked,” said Audrey Casas, president of the Lynwood-based community organization Mastering Hope. “We’re going to have the fundraiser in the same headquarters, the same street, so she has different memories there instead of feeling traumatized.”
Lopez says she chose to speak because that’s enough. It is not fair that sellers are deprived of their right to live in peace, she said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation and is looking for additional videos and witnesses. Anyone with information is urged to contact LASD or provide anonymous information to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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