An appalling attack was carried out on a woman in Staten Island on Monday morning. She suffered severe burns caused when a caustic substance was sprayed in her face by a stranger in a random attack. The substance caused second-degree burns on 52-year-old Lizzie Dunn’s face and scalp. WARNING: Photos below are graphic and disturbing.
According to CBS New York, the incident occurred at around 11:40 a.m. Dunn was walking alone to a bus stop. She was approached by a woman who asked her for cigarettes and money.
“She had a nice tone to her voice and her tone started to change when I didn’t I have the second thing she requested,” Dunn told the news agency.
According to Dunn, with no money to offer the woman, she turned to leave. “She seemed angry when she talked to me the next time. She said, ‘Do you at least have the time?’ I just kept walking, I didn’t respond and I think that triggered something in her.”
Police said the unidentified suspect grabbed Dunn by the shoulders, then sprayed her in the face and fled the scene.
“It seemed like she was spraying a lot of times, like she had to keep pressing nozzle,” Dunn said. “With my right hand I tried to grab the can and knock it out of her hand and with the left hand I was trying to shield whatever spray she was misting on me.”
Sources said the liquid was some type of sulfuric acid, according to CBS.
Dunn reports that she felt helpless and couldn’t scream, fearful of getting any of the fluid in her mouth. After the attack, she stumbled into Rocco’s Deli, where an employee called 911.
In the aftermath, Dunn reports experiencing pain and numbness.
“My neck is stinging and I feel like the skin is melting. I can’t feel my lip,” Dunn said. “I’d rather die than to feel that pain again ever.”
Police say the suspect is a black woman in her 40’s. Dunn said she was wearing baggy clothing.