Acid Attack Hoax
September 17, 2010 by staff
Acid Attack Hoax, When the initial shock faded, the police in this suburb of Portland, Ore., began to question some details in the account of Bethany Storr of the day was inevitably face burned by acid.
Why, he wondered, what patterns do not reflect acid burn has a strange Storr threw it to the face? Why was he wearing sunglasses – something she said she never did – just after 7 pm on August 30?
And why did anyone see the alleged perpetrator?
Those questions culminated with a search warrant was Storr’s house on Thursday, when he admitted he had fabricated the story of an attack by a stranger. Instead, he said, he did it to herself.
The attack drew sympathy from around the world. Facebook groups were formed to draw attention to their plight. A fundraiser was planned in Vancouver, and donor sites were established at branches of two local banks.
So it was with a soft-spoken voice of the Vancouver Police Chief Clifford Cook, told reporters Thursday that Storr made up the story.
“During the course of the investigation, several discrepancies began to arise in connection with the alleged assault,” said Cook. “During the interview, Ms. Storr admitted were self-inflicted wounds.”
Cook said he knew the reason for the actions Storr, but added he was “very remorseful.” Storr said was being interviewed by detectives during a press conference on Thursday.
Police had been looking for a black woman with a ponytail after Storr described the alleged attack. She had said the woman asked, “Hey, pretty girl, I want something to drink?” then threw acid on her face.
After the incident, Storr made several media appearances, but a scheduled interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was canceled. She said she had received correspondence from people all over the world concerned about their welfare.
At a hospital news conference last week, parents at his side, his face wrapped in bandages, Storr saw the incident, says CBS News correspondent Betty Nguyen.
“It was the most painful thing ever. My heart stopped, I almost fainted,” Storr said.
Storr had been celebrating a new job when he left his car in an upscale neighborhood in Vancouver, Washington
“[It] ripped my clothes acid at the moment he touched the shirt,” Storr told reporters.
Storr said he would ask his assailant, “You wake up and go,” I’m taking a bit of acid in a cup and pull the first person I see? ‘”
The funds were created to Storr at Riverview Community Umpquah and banks. Messages for the banks were not immediately returned Thursday.
Vancouver police commander Marla Schuman said detectives were working on a way to return the money donated to Storr.
Cook said any decision to charge a crime Storr would be at the Clark County Office of the Attorney General. Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Thursday.
“She is very upset,” said Schuman. “In many ways, this was bigger than I expected.”
Schuman asked if Storr will face a charge of filing a false police report, to which she answered. “At this point, yes, it definitely fits”
A burn surgeon who operated on Storr said the substance thrown on her face was a strong acid such as hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid.
Police said Thursday they have not yet identified the substance Storr used, or found evidence of acid in your home or car.
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