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."


soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. j

    absolutely disgusting that she would make up such a thing.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AK

    Blame a Black person, Mexican, Muslim...whatever...
    The corrupt justice system gets off on stuff like them an excuse to harrass innocent people.
    By the way...if this story was about a Black woman who had acid thrown in her wouldn't be in the news at all, even if it was completely legit.
    Case in point: There was a little Black girl that was murdered and had bleach poured down her throat, then she was thrown down an elevator shaft. You never heard about her, because of the death of Jon Benet Ramsey.
    How many Black girls were killed or reported missing and never found on the same day as that White girl in Aruba?
    Main-stream news is a joke.
    As for this Liar...I don't have any empathy for her. If she had said "someone" threw acid in her face, ok...but to single out African American you even pause to think how many people were affected by that accusation?
    "Community Service" for this woman? Seriously?
    Throw her under the prison.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. shappens

    What in the world? Know her parents are proud. Dam!

    September 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    WHAT AN IDIOT !!!!

    September 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TacoLady

    I have no remorse for this lady. She had everyone up in arms and I'm sure people were giving black women an extra look when they walked their way. The only consolation is that she'll have to live with this for the rest of her life.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cecilia

    don't be so hard on her!

    September 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RT

    When can I buy the book???

    September 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    Yea, this story seemed fishy from the first time I heard it. Not to sound like a dick, but she wasn't even close to being attractive enough to have strangers tell her that she was a pretty girl. At least she didn't blame it on a puerto rican.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Debba

    Super Munchausen syndrome. Anyone? Buehler. Buehler
    How sad to disfigure yourself to get in the news. Wonder why she needs so much sympathy?

    September 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thinking

    There must be MANY incidences that occur where white women blame other people for the pain they themselves have created in their lives. I wonder how many domestic violence victims were really the men being blamed for something that never happened by their personality dissordered female partner. It inevitably has helped fuel a whole class of white male or minority victims as these women seek ways to improve their standing in our society. When the original story broke, my heart went out to the blacks in our society having to deal with so much hostility from crimes only a few commit. Following this latest news, I am mostly sorry to them in general, as a white person, I say, I am sorry for the pain we have so often caused you.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zoe

    Not surprised. When I saw that girls interview on the news and she was talking about prayer and jesus and hunting down the woman who did it to her I felt her lying through her teeth. I knew she was full of crap and I told Cody "She probably did something awful to that girl to make her throw acid in her face." Sure enough she was lying and the wounds were self inflicted. I'm always skeptical of people who evoke the name of jesus and then say "GET EM!"

    September 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Perryboy

    Hey Black women!! Keep an eye on this NO-GOOD B.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jended

      That's disburbing. Are you trying to incite violence against this individual? No matter what she's done she doesn't deserve to be hurt for it. Charged with a crime, yes. Made to pay fines, yes. But attacked or harassed by strangers on the street. No. That is also a crime. Violence begets violence.

      September 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Don't be naive

    Racism is alive and well within this story and in many of these comments. YES, it's an issue that she blamed it on an African American woman! She presented it as a HATE crime. Stop being naive, she didn't say Martians, she said a black woman. The woman in Boston years ago who caused a round up of black men, after having lied about being carjacked, Towanda Brawley (who was blk) who claimed white men kidnapped and put excrement on her, ALL these women were race bating. Face it, when one interjects race in a conversation about a crime it enflames the situation and heightens the lie!

    September 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bombing bubblegum

    NUTJOB WHY WOULD U DO THAT GOSH............. stupid lady blame it on a black person....I BBLACK TO

    September 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nick

    It's unfortunate that when someone has a mental illness, people jump to ridicule them as if calling a crazy person crazy is somehow insightful. I hope she gets the help she needs. I'm not saying she shouldn't be held accountable for her actions, but at least realize that psychotic people don't have a very good grip on reality.

    On a serious note, this is probably Obama's fault. 🙂

    September 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
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