ELMONT, L.I. — Police on Long Island have been on the hunt for a man who threw an acidic liquid in the face of a 21-year-old woman outside her home in March, a “heinous” attack that left her severely burned and nearly blind.
Authorities said the woman was walking in the driveway of her Elmont home the night of March 17 when the unknown man came up behind her, wearing gloves, and splashed her in the face with a dark-colored, hazardous substance.
A GoFundMe campaign set up for the victim, identified as Nafiah Fatima Ikram, shared her story and the below surveillance video of the scary incident.
According to the GoFundMe, the liquid caused severe burning to the Hofstra University student’s eyes, chest and arms, and even melted her contact lenses onto her eyes, potentially blinding her.
The attack gained national attention Wednesday when “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi posted a video on Instagram calling for justice for Ikram.
“This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Nafiah’s medical costs will be astronomical,” Lakshmi wrote.
The GoFundMe had already raised over $340,000, with over 9,000 donors as of Thursday morning.
Officials described the man they’re looking for as standing about 6 feet, 2 inches tall with a skinny build, wearing a black sweatshirt with a hood, and wearing gloves.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said they were offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest, while calling the attack “a vicious and heinous crime.”
Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or to call 911. All callers will remain anonymous.
Editor’s note: The victim’s name has been updated upon receiving more information.