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. Ed

    she needs to be removed from the planet
    people like this should be dealt with MORE harshly than those who commit such crimes

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


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

      Wouldn't it be an Afro-Canadian Women?

      September 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cody

      Wasn't it Vancouver, WA....the lesser known Vancouver. So back to Afro-American ghost. And even still I bet the ghost didn't even exist either.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jared

    Seems like a painful way to get attention...

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

      Oookay, this woman is COMPLETELY insane and she blammed her attack on a BLACK woman. I'm black and I don't appreciate it. I feel like she wants to be like that woman with the 8 kids. "Octo-mom" is her name I think. Fame use to be about talent and not about the retarded actions that a human being can do just to "wow" the world. All I know is this DUMB woman better NOT become famous!!

      September 22, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Whaaaa?

    Why is this girl smiling?
    OBTW I'm first, Nah, Nah...

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

      Maybe not first.
      Boy am I ashamed...

      September 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • cody

      lol. You need to increase your reading speed by 3 minutes.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rock God

    Of course she blamed it on a BLACK woman and everyone believed it.

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

      goes to show that racism still exist.....

      September 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpd5c45

      Oh PLEASE....she could have blamed it on the Martians and everyone would have believed it.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Give it up...

      Give it up – she just of easily could have said a White or Asian woman did this and everyone would still have believed her...

      Get off your NAACP high horse and come back to reality and stop trying to make this something it isn't.

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

      Considering that Vancouver, WA is not even 1% black, yeah its a little racist.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. savjic

    Gee,does anyone think this woman Might have ISSUES?

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

      Yes, one of them being racism

      September 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MG

    Wow I have no doubt in my mind that this woman is mentally disturbed or a true racist.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mal

      or both

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

      The issue is not whether this woman is a racist or not..but rather her belief that everyone else is!!!

      September 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dallas

    So why do ppl always blame incidents on african-americans when a tragedy happens? All the while this psycho threw acid in her OWN face?! That's a mess!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • shane

      you do remember the genius african american woman that rubbed feces all over herself and said it was three white guys trying to "show her her place" right? It goes both ways pal. no race is innocent or immune!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sob

      Tawana brawley

      September 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Because generally speaking, if you say it was an African-American, the media and the general public seems to more quickly jump on the story...

      September 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      people use blacks as scapegoats because they are generally believed to be criminal types.
      it sounds more believable than to say some white professional looking person did something bad to me.
      i'm not saying it is right, i am just saying it is why I think people choose blacks as scapegoats.
      just go downtown between the hours of 9 am. and 5 pm and look around.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      You have to admit, Mike it was a pretty unusual thing to claim someone did to you. I think if she'd said it was a Chinese man it would have gotten as much attention.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sweet


    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maharad

      Tawana Brawley

      September 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keile

      Your point? Why single out blacks, Madarah?

      This acid woman is racist and Tawana Brawley is 100% irrelevant. This is the third time I've specifically see blacks blamed for crime they didn't commit by white women.

      September 17, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Zaire

      Lol at people bringing up Tawana Brawley. Why do people have to go back to the 1980s in order to prove "blacks do it too!". Yeah, blacks so it too but we all know how does it MORE.

      C'mon now, besides the Brawley case and Duke when last has a black person blamed "white phantoms" for something horrible AND have the whole nation back them up on the basis of them being victims?

      September 19, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gady Mayen - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    Wow, she must have a boring, pathetic emo life if she self inflicts her own attack. I sense a mental case...

    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bombing bubblegum

      omg if she was emo she probely would have killed her self by then...............................

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

    As if there's not enough real crime happening, she had to make up a horrible story. She's as guilty as anyone who would throw acid in another's face. The police have better things to do than deal with a crazy woman,.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Relieved.

      Totally agree. She should have to pick up the tab for health care costs, police costs, etc., etc.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ky A.

    Mmm hmmm...interesting. I'm really thinking, 'serves her right' and part of me feels sorry for her. She needs help.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ap

    self inflicted.... what a freaking idiot. She'll be on oprah within a week.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      I read that this was suspected a couple of days ago...apparently she was GOING to be on Oprah, and then she cancelled it all of a sudden, something like wanted more control over the direction the inteview would take.. ? Now we see why!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WhyOhWhy?

    I don't understand why she would specifically blame an African-American woman... no more stereotypes please! I think she needs a psychiatrist 24/7.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Relieved.

      I know why. As an African American woman (college-educated, pay my taxes, etc, etc), I am followed through stores, have people whisper nasty comments under their breath, at work no less(!), can't get a hit on any dating sites. Out first lady is called a "gorilla." Some people are still in the dark ages. But when someone is mentally unstable, racists can prey upon their spirit and emotions–this is one result. It doesn't come out of nowhere. A seemingly upright young man attacked a cab driver in NYC because of the color of his skin. And yes, black people do racist things, too, so save your kneejerk replies. Thankfully, most people, whatever their politcal persuasion, are coming into enlightenment. I believe this to be true.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MPKING

      As sad as it is, I don't actually think she was being racist, per se. She's just a liar, and a liar needs to sell their story. I don't think she blamed a mythical black woman because she herself believed a black woman was more likely to perform this kind of attack. I think she figured everybody else was more likely to believe it. IE, she thought most other people were racist.

      And she was right.

      It's a fine distinction, and she is clearly a nutjob either way.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Relieved, I dont' know where you live but you must have some trashy white people around you if everywhere you go people are really making nasty comments about YOU. Are you sure?? Is it really about you and just because you're Black?? If so then shame on them!

      September 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. laurie

    Wonder if there's room in Mark David Chapman's cell for this chick.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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