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. Dennis

    Oh Burn!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      ...Nice haha

      September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOE

      She needs to be Charged !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Hey @ Kay,

      One you made no sense with your terrible grammer. Two until we all realize that all races have issues were going to be in the same place we were yesterday.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thall

      @ Chris, If you are going to correct someone's grammar, at least learn to spell it correctlyÂż

      September 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sungod

      WHATS THE MATTER WITH YOU LADY...YOU KNOW YOU WAS SUPPOSE TO BLAME AL-QIEDA FOR IT...LOL..

      September 17, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • sungod

      WITH ALL THE DEADENDERS LIKE THE DRUG ADDICT NUT JOB RUSH LIMBAUGH ETC...I'M SURPRISED THEY DIDNT BLAME OBAMA..

      September 17, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Agostino Buttinelli

      Like we need another excuse to fight about race and religion...Wake up America!

      September 17, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      So let me get this straight. We're not looking for a crazy black woman with a cup of acid?

      September 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. erik

    dude...what?

    September 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Read a book

    Thank God for saving her vision. Nutjob.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Yeah, thank God. Because we wouldn't want the woman that threw acid in her own face and then blamed it on a black woman to not be able to see! That'd just be tragic!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Imagine this woman trolling about 'Jesus' and 'God' on Oprah. That would have been pathetic.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Johnny I think SHE was the one who thanked God for saving her vision...from the acid SHE threw at HERSELF... again, nutjob!

      September 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      I think Oprah smelled a rat. She was going to be on Oprah but suddenly backed out. Now THAT would have been good...

      September 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    LOL – Sad...

    September 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ari

    What.....

    September 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Minorkle

    To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.

    Anatole France (1844 – 1924)

    September 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nicolle

    wooooooooooooooooooow!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rheitzm

    What a moron.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam

    What? I can't believe this

    September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael R

    Obviously someone has problems with a lack of attention.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • shane

      maybe we should make her a reality star...

      September 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      On the next season of Dancing with the Stars...

      September 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dennis

    why

    September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JOB

    What the heck?? What kind of nutjob would do this??

    September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      Someone with serious mental problems.

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

      h**l of a way to get attention

      September 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bombing bubblegum

      woow she must of had been half mental cause thats crazy who would....

      September 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      A christian nutjob, that's what kind....

      September 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. merecat

    WOW!!! How sick for attention does one have to be to throw ACID on oneself! This is pitiful..

    September 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      You're absolutely right. Needless to say, it's a pretty sick, twisted, demented and painful way to get attention. Furthermore, she had to throw the card into the situation. She would be hard-pressed right now to find someone who could forgive her.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      'RACE card' is what I meant to type.

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

    Really??? REALLY?!!??!?!?!?

    September 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jenny

    Oh my God! I live in Vancouver and I cant believe all the worry and fear this woman stirred up. She will forever be known as a liar to those around her. Somebody needs to get her some serious mental help. And all the money that was donated to her! I seriously am amazed.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      I am quite certain that people around her knew that she had issues prior to this incident.

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

      L, I seriously doubt if they knew she had issues to this extent.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
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