September 16th, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Police: Washington woman admits acid attack was a hoax

Bethany Storro told police an African-American woman threw acid in her face.

A Washington woman who told police that a stranger threw acid in her face admitted Thursday that her injuries were self-inflicted, authorities said.

Bethany Storro, 28, told Vancouver Police that an African-American woman passed her on the street and threw a cup of caustic liquid in her face the evening of August 30. She was released from an Oregon hospital on September 5 after undergoing surgery for her injuries after the alleged attack.

But discrepancies emerged during the investigation, Vancouver Police Chief Clifford Cook said in a press conference Thursday.

"Ms. Storro admitted her injuries were self-inflicted and the attack itself had not occurred as she had previously reported," he said.

Storro had credited a pair of sunglasses that she bought shortly before the attack with saving her eyesight. But details such as those led police to question her version of the attack, said police Commander Marla Schuman.

"It was all the little things that didnt quite add up," Schuman said.

Storro is still being interviewed by detectives. Prosecutors will decide whether to charge her, Schuman said.

"She is extremely upset," Schuman said. "She is very remorseful. It got bigger than she expected."

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soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. nt2050nt2050

    I am surprise she haven't blame Muslim :-)

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Vicki Lavetts

    This is REALLY DISGUSTING!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Paudanyce

    WOW!!!! See...now, judging by all of the comments, she will be on talk shows, Dr. Phil, etc and get here 15 mins of fame...hey...AND FREE PLASTIC SURGERY!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • laurie

      Yeah and maybe after that we can build a monument to her next to Ground Zero.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GMAN

    Looks like a total psycho

    September 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Bibbyboo boo joe jack jimmy

    wow. how unbelievably lame

    September 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Craig Thelonius

    Hell of an exfoliation.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Relieved.

      evil...funny....evil...funny...
      Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! I can't decide!!!!!!!!!!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mark

    I blame reality shows......People go crazy for attention.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mdyer

    Look at me. I'm a donkey. I threw acid in my own face to get attention. Real donkeys are smarter than me.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. shaun

    This is what happens when you name your child "Bethany"

    September 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. nt2050nt2050

    I want to see her "before" picture. I guess her "before" look was much worse than her current look :-) that's probably why she need to acid-burn herself...

    September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dr. Kelly

    It's very common for women to lie for attention – not all of such incidents relate to acid attacks, of course. Doctors have longed diagnosed the behavior as various illnesses, and several classifications of it appear in the DSM. Not all women do this, but society has long attributed a false sense of credibility to all women.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. goatlover

    This is very sad and disturbing on many levels. Most of all I feel pity for her. I'm glad she told the truth finally and that an innocent person was not blamed. ugh
    What is really sad is she credited her "relationship with Jesus Christ" for getting her through this. :(
    I hope she gets the help she needs.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • iJoeCooper

      An innocent person was blamed, creating a state-wide manhunt for a African American/Hispanic looking female with multiple ear pearcings. That and there are alleged copycat crimes in AZ and FL that caused harm to other innocent people that now require further investigation. Good luck with those lawsuits sweetheart.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. B-Dog

    No TV and no beer make Homer something something....... Go crazy? DON'T MIND IF I DO!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Justin

    Definate Candidate for the Darwin award

    September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. kaput

    OMG... burning your own face for attention and fame ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Definitely she has mental issue and needs help. I hope she will pay her own bills, not from the people taxes... She scared all the women out there too...

    September 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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