Francisco Cornejo was beaten and is still bruised after getting his life savings ripped away. After withdrawing money from a Chase Bank, he was attacked.
Through his attorney, he said the suspect got away with hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"He was parked as closely as possible to the bank, knowing he was going to withdraw a large amount of cash. As soon as he got to his car, before he was able to get to his car, he was grabbed and beaten," attorney Nathan Soleimani said.
Video: Nearly 40 years of life savings stolen in brazen burglary
Cornejo said after the sale of his home, he withdrew everything out of his bank in Huntington Park - all $200,000 - to pay for things like tuition and student loans, as well as to send money to family in Mexico and El Salvador.
"He was literally fighting for his life savings," Soleimani said. "And when he was being beaten he was doing his best to try and retain the bag that he brought with him."
Soleimani said investigators are looking into surveillance video from the bank. Video shows the suspect running away from the scene and Cornejo on the ground.
A representative from the Chase Bank on Belgrave Avenue and Pacific Boulevard also says they're working with law enforcement.
The FBI is now involved in the search for the suspect.
"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."
Huntington Park police said they were aware of the video and have been investigating, but no further details were released.
Anyone with information was urged to call the Huntington Park Police Department at (323) 584-6254 or the Crime Tip Hotline (800) 78-CRIME.