A common method of assault in Europe and the Middle East is making its way to the U.S., leaving a woman in critical condition after having acid poured on her face. At around 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning, El Monte police responded to a 911 call of a woman screaming near the 3600 block of Durfee Avenue.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UPDATE?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UPDATE</a>. El Monte PD: woman in that car hit w/ chemical in face; lives here; “critical” cond in burn unit @ County USC Med Ctr; nobody in custody. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSLA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSLA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBSLA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CBSLA</a> <a href="https://t.co/hCUeuiSihx">pic.twitter.com/hCUeuiSihx</a></p>— Greg Mills (@GregMillsTVNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregMillsTVNews/status/1020767817967157248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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When police arrived, they found a woman lying in the driveway with severe burns on her face from a chemical attack. The woman was rushed to Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and is listed in critical condition although her name has not been released. According to an El Monte police spokesman, the suspect had poured an "unknown type of caustic chemical" on the woman and then fled in a vehicle.
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Investigators are working to find a motive for the cowardly attack and identify any suspects in the attack. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau hazmat team is also assisting the investigation.
Acid attacks have been on the rise in recent years with the UK having the highest rate of acid attacks in the world at around two a day. Acid can be purchased for only a few dollars at any convenience store in the UK, but legislators are working to make the chemical more difficult to obtain. Victims who survive caustic chemical attacks require extensive medical surgeries such as the 17-year-old girl in this photo who traveled to Los Angeles from Syria for reconstructive surgery.
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