He was fighting for his life savings.
A California man was filmed as a crook beat him and swiped $200,000 — his entire life savings — in a bank parking lot last week, a local TV station reported Thursday.
Francisco Cornejo withdrew the cash from a Chase Bank in Huntington Park on July 30 following the sale of his home. As Cornejo approached his car, the at-large thief grabbed a satchel containing the money, according to KTLA-TV.
The suspect fled as Cornejo fell to the ground, according to a brief video the station said was filmed by a bystander.
“Within 30 seconds of just getting to his car, he was grabbed, beaten, robbed, and they took everything from him,” Cornejo’s attorney, Nathan Soleimani, told the station.
Cornejo was left with bad bruising on his hip and right arm and said his shoulder was dislocated during the scuffle.
Soleimani said Cornejo hadn’t told anyone he was making such a large withdrawal that day.
“We don’t have any information to insinuate that this wasn’t random, but it just seems like a very big coincidence — how exactly did whoever involved know what was going on, or how he was coming out at that exact moment?” Soleimani said.
The assailant’s face wasn’t visible on camera, but he swiftly made off on foot wearing a black hoodie.
The Huntington Park Police Department is reportedly investigating the robbery and searching for any surveillance footage of the attack.
Cornejo is asking for help in tracking down the suspect.
“We are just asking for people to come forward if they have any information that can lead to the arrest of the individuals who robbed and beat my client,” his attorney said.