Woman Who Burned Herself With Acid Charged With Theft

September 21, 2010

Washington (ChattahBox Crime News) – New details have been released on the case of Bethany Storro, a Washington woman who burned herself with chemicals and claimed a black woman did it. Among those details is why she committed the act, how she did it, and the charges she is now facing as a consequence.

Storro originally arrived at a hospital claiming that she had been near a Starbucks in Vancouver, Washington when an African American woman with an athletic build and black hair in a ponytail came up to her holding a cup. She alleged that the woman said, “Hey, pretty girl, wanna drink this?” before throwing it into her face.

The caustic liquid, Storro said, burned her skin, and it was only a pair of sunglasses she had purchased “minutes before” that saved her eyesight.

But things didn’t match up, and police soon became suspicious. After going to her home with a search warrant, Storro admitted that she had bought drain cleaner from a hardware store and dabbed it onto her face using a towel.

Police said her original intent had been to commit suicide, and if that didn’t work she believed she could at least get her “face redone”.

Storro thought, CNN reports, that “there would be no evidence of me doing it to myself” and that police “would give up on trying to find the person and it would be done.”

But there was more to the whole thing than the burns. Not only were hundreds of man hours wasted trying to find the woman, and a community was forced into a state of fear over the random attack, but it sparked at least one copycat attack. It also lead to at least $24,000 in donations, which Storro happily took to cover the treatment for the self-inflicted wounds.

She is facing charges of theft from people or companies acting as Good Samaritans.


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