VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver woman was in serious condition Tuesday morning after an assailant threw an acidic liquid on her face Monday evening.
Bethany Storro, 28, was taken to the burn center of Legacy Emanuel, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Her mother Nancy Neuwelt said her daughter was near Esther Short Park, about 8th and Columbia, around 7:30 p.m. She was getting something out of the passenger side of her car before heading into a Starbucks.
A woman walked up to her and said "hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this." The woman threw the liquid onto her face and ran off, Neuwelt said.
Police said she was wearing sunglasses that prevented the liquid from directly hitting her eyes. Neuwelt said her daughter had purchased them a few hours earlier, and that it was "the hand of God protecting her eyes. She would have been blind."
Storro stumbled about in pain and fell to the ground screaming. A passerby called police using Storro's cellphone.
Neuwelt called the attack "an act of evil."
"Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers," Bethany said in a statement Tuesday. "I appreciate all of the well wishes being sent my way. I do ask, if anyone should know the woman who assaulted me, please contact the Vancouver Police."
Police said the attacker was an African-American woman. Neuwelt said her daughter described the suspect as having slicked-back hair in a ponytail and was wearing a green top and khaki pants.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.