Another woman attacked with acid in suspected copycat attack

September 7th, 2010 by Staff

PORTLAND, Ore. — Investigators are looking into what they believe is a copycat acid attack that has left a second victim severely burned in her face.

The second victim, Derri Velarde of Mesa, Ariz., suffered second-degree burns on her face and shoulders when a woman threw acid on her.

“It immediately started to just burn,” said Velarde.

The attack happened on Sept. 4 in the parking lot of the woman’s Arizona apartment. You can still see the acid stains on her front door, left from when she ran in to get help.

“I open my car door, and I see a woman walking up with what looked like a drink of water in her hand,” Velarde said. “She just looked at me with these eyes as if she was saying something.”

But the stranger said nothing. Instead, she tossed the contents of the cup, which turned out to be acid, on the unsuspecting woman.

The approach differs from the attack on the first victim, Bethany Storro, who said a woman approached her saying, “Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?”

The attackers in both incidents remain at large.

Prior to both of these attacks was one in northern Washington on Friday, Aug. 6. In that attack, a man reportedly tossed a corrosive chemical into a Puyallup woman’s face. He also got away, and remains at large.

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