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. Cynical Randy

    Chuck her ass to the curb and let her live with the scars. Knowing a bit about the incompetence of law enforcement, somebody could've been convicted over this.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Erlinda

    I.Am.So.Sick.of.People. – This didn't have to happen at all. I think of all the nasty things people said in "comment" sections of this story. It will be interesting to learn Ms. Storro's reasoning behind this hoax. And people wonder why Blacks are angry about so much.

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

      And she could also quite possibly be crazy!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swibs

      Black people aren't angry, thats a racist stereotype!

      September 17, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. The_Dude

    Great she just ruined it for everyone who honestly gets doused with acid in their face. The next time someone says they were doused in the face with acid I will have a hard time believing that.

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

      seriously, how many people do you think fake acid attacks...I mean she may be crazy, but acid in the face...those balls must clank when she walks (no offense to the people who believed her but she was committed to her crazy)

      September 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JohnCup

    It used to be "blame on the black man", now "blamei it on the African-American woman". Well, at least she finally confessed to it.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lemingreeley

    wow, this really awful. Get this lady some mental health.. insane!

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

      is*

      September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joseph cecil smith

    what's so truly sad is this first story inspired someone who did this a few days later to another young woman.. so this story caused a copycat crime, but the second one was NOT self inflicted... so sad... it's a mental illness of some kind, but affected the entire world with her stunt and form of attempting to get love or attention or care of some kind.
    just ask for a hug.. or get a good massage.. get high if you must.. but don't do the acid trick.. geez.

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

      I was thinking the same thing about the copycat – her crazy cry for attention actually cost a woman the real consequences – all "mental" excuses aside, she ultimately caused someone some serious damage.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Craif Townsend

    I've got news for her. This isn't going to enhance her lovelife any.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. brownkw

    I don't think that's what's meant by trippin' on acid...

    September 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TJ

    I wonder if she'll be charged with wasting police time and have to do community service?

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

      no she will not get community servis because ppl who will c her will get scared of her face

      September 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. norm

    you woulda thought she was as ugly as possible before this happened, but then WOW! Found a fresh cup o' ugly and threw it in her own face. Way to go Einstein. Enjoy jail!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Roberto Torres

    What is that girl's problem !!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. haha

    Step 1: pour acid on face
    Step 2: ??????
    Step 3: profit
    "hey guys...what's step 2?!?"

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

      step 2: blame a black woman!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris Craig

      LOL!!

      Best.... comment.... yet!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. always something

    Why do these crazies always claim a black person did things to them (Susan Smith also comes to mind). Everyone believes them, and then it turns out to be a lie. There is truly something wrong with our society.

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

      Yeah, truly wrong; because everyone knows black people don't commit crimes! So if you indicate a black person as a criminal, you're obviously lying. Jezzzzzz.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hater

    Glenn Beck told her to do it!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J

    She's the ugliest person i've ever seen; inside and out!...YUCK!

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