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Bethany Storro Subject of Random Acid Attack

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By Jason Beahm on September 02, 2010 10:09 AM

Bethany Storro, a 28 year old woman from Washington, is either incredibly lucky or incredibly misfortunate, depending upon your perspective. She was leaving a Vancouver Starbucks on Monday evening when a stranger approached her, and said "Hey, pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" and then threw a cup of acid in her face. The damage could have been life threatening, but Storro was spared in part because she was wearing sunglasses.

The acid attack suspect, who is still on the loose, is a black woman between 25 and 35, wearing khaki shorts and a green shirt with medium-length black hair pulled back. Doctors do not know what kind of substance was used in the attack of what the woman's motivations were. "I'm a nice girl and I don't know why this happened," Storro, 28, said Tuesday in her hospital room in the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Bethany Storro suffered second-degree burns according to The Columbian.

Acid throwing is a form of violent assault and battery. Acid attackers throw acid at their victims, typically at their faces, which causes chemical burns, sometimes even dissolving their bones. Victims can suffer blindness, permanent scarring and death. Such attacks are more common overseas, though there have been recent cases in the US, typically being committed against women.

If and when the acid attacker is apprehended, she will be facing serious charges. The most obvious charges are assault and battery, but it is reasonable to expect that a prosecutor could charge the assailant with attempted murder. If the injuries from the acid attack would have caused Bethany Storro's death, the assailant could have been conceivably charged with first degree murder.

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