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. wayne

    why do people always attack god. god is love. this is just a crazy nut job that wanted attention period.

    September 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wayne

    i white not racist , from kentucky, i love black people in general, and i love jesus. but this chick is a realllllll nut job. put her in a pschyo ward somewhere. where she can get some real help. not just fille charges and have a big trial thats what she wants come on guys?

    September 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sheri

    I love white people. I really do. All you have to do is say a black person did it, and you're home free. Hey, I think I'd like a new (fill in the blank- wife, car, boat, kid, etc.), and need to blame a black person. This nut- blamed a black woman. Susan Smith drowned her kids and blamed it on a black car jacker. Charles Stuart, a Boston man, in 1989 blamed a black man after he shot and killed his pregnant wife. When his lies came to light, the coward killed himself. Good.
    White people believe that they are all sweetness and light and that people of color, especially blacks, are really the bogey men. Blacks do plenty of dirt and crime and so do whites. The difference is that blacks will acknkowledge it while whites live in a denial so deep that it's scary. Whites always feign surprise when they see one of their own on the evening news. Some things will never change. Unbelievable.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SouthernGirl59

    She needs to publicly apologize to African Americans and African American women in particular.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SouthernGirl59

    Also, I would like to add that she undervalued and marginalized African Americans.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sickofit

    I am sure it was really convenient to blame a black person since they are the only people always involved in crime.
    This woman is a RACIST , there is no doubt about that. When this first came out people were really quick to attack entire black race for this online. I am sure she has a book in pipeline explaining how horrible this ordeal was and reality TV line up. I am sure we can dismiss this whole story by calling her crazy but this is just tip of iceberg and it represents bigger problems. very scary and evil girl in my opinion.

    September 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mocha

    wow, i have a question for the caucasians out there..why is it that when you all commit a crime to yourself or by yourself, you blame the BLACK people?1 im so tired of that crap, dont act like you dont have issues as well as everyone else. SHe is a nutcase for this and look at her now, she needs to get charged but it wont surprise me if she gets off SCOTT free.sickening!!!!

    September 18, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. mike m.

    Typical Mexican immigrant.

    September 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    Oh Man, We gotta get this Obama guy out before this becomes commonplace.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SHIA


    September 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Les

    Needs serious help......mental help. And she should pay in some way for the whole account. I believe she should apologize least her parents are there for her. Picking out a black person was sooooooooooooooo wrong. These are things I get tired of hearing. She needs to be put into a mental Hospital. She was such a pretty girl. So hard to understand why???? What is America coming to.

    September 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TPowers


    September 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. friendo

    Does anyone else find it strange that someone has the serious mental issues it takes throwing acid in their face and then feeding off the attention and YET people are complaining about how racist she is? She could've blamed it on a senior citizen, but you wouldn't complain about how ageist that is.

    September 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gayle

    I'm just glad she was caught in a lie before an innocent black woman was thrown in prison as the scapegoat. It makes me wonder how many innocent people are doing hard time because some idiot pointed at a random African-American and said "He/she assaulted me."

    September 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Doris

    It was easy for this woman to blame her attack on a black woman because she knew that white people would believe her. (Remeber Susan Smith?) This is just another example that racism still exists in this country! She should be charged for her deception. I

    September 20, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
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