Francisco Cornejo is the type of person who deserves recognition as a Good Samaritan. After his beloved family members lost everything because of the economic crash following the COVID-19 pandemic, he withdrew $200,000 from the bank (every cent of his life’s savings) “to help his family members who lost their jobs.” However, moments after withdrawing every dollar to his name, an assailant in a black hoodie attacked Cornejo and made off with the large sum of money.
A witness filmed the robbery as Cornejo made the trek back to his car after withdrawing the cash. Cornejo is struck to the ground as the thief runs off with the large sum of money. The attack left Cornejo seriously injured. The attack dislocated his shoulder and left him bruised. The money had come to him following the sale of his home, and the teller at the Chase bank had handed it over to him to aid in his effort to support his family during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic collapse of America.
Sindy Flores, the daughter of the victim, said: “My parents needed this money to get through this pandemic as they are both unemployed, to support my 94-year-old grandma with her medical and living expenses, to pay for my sister’s grad school tuition, and to send money to their family and loved ones in Mexico and El Salvador, as many of them have lost their jobs and homes due to the lack of work because of COVID-19 pandemic.”
Following the assault and robbery, Cornejo contracted attorney Nathan Soleimani to help him recover the stolen cash.
The lawyer said:
“(Cornejo) was parked as close as possible to the bank, knowing he would withdraw a large amount of cash. Within 30 seconds of just getting to his car, he was grabbed, beaten, robbed, and they took everything from him. He was literally fighting for his life savings. And when he was being beaten, he was doing his best to try and retain the bag that he brought with him.”
Now authorities are trying to help Cornejo. They are reviewing surveillance footage provided by Chase bank and are trying to identify the suspect. The Chase Bank branch is working as hard as they can to assist law enforcement investigators. The FBI has gotten involved in the search since the sum of money stolen was extremely large.
“Thank God he’s alive. His family is grateful he got out of it with just the injuries that he has,” Soleimani said. “At the end of the day, they’re thankful for him being here.”
The family has created a GoFundMe account to help recoup some of the stolen cash. They’re asking for $200,000 but have received only about $8,500 in donations at the time of this writing.
Flores wrote: “We understand that as a nation we are all going through tough times and we appreciate any support. Any funds raised will be used for my father’s medical expenses, as well to help recoup the $200,000 that he was robbed of, our family truly appreciates your support.”
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