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. MaryAnn62

    I hope she gets arrested and the news media refuses to give her anymore coverage then they already have. What a loon.

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

    Steveoooo..

    You must watch Tosh lol 1st

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

    FOX NEWS IS DISAPPOINTED NOW.....NO BLACK OR HISPANICS TO BLAME FOR THIS !!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig Thelonius

    At least the mysery black woman didn't carve an 'O' in her face.

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

      LOL!

      September 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Acidburn

    I dunno which bothers me more..the fact that she made it up...or the fact that in her made-up story she says it was a black woman.

    Either way she's pitiful.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eric Nicolas

    I see a reality show in her future

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chloe

    WHAT??????????????????????????????? People are sick, sick, sick these days.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sdgman

    Yes, please do prosecute her.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    LOL that's one way to make sure your 15 mins of fame lasts

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    My, oh, my!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    This woman is obsiously very sick. People need to back off, and not throw stones. She needs help...and if you can't see that, you need to take a closer look at yourself.

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

      i'm sure she will get lots of help in jail

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

      I completely agree. I feel badly for her because she does need help and I'm sure she'll get it. Meanwhile, I'm shocked at how many cruel people there are that are ready to spew their hatred on the mentally ill.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dr perry fisher

    I suspected as much all the while

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. J DUBB

    of course the white devil would blame it on a black person!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. K MAC

    That is insane! Why would someone do this and then make up a story? I have heard of masochists but really?

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stefanie Martin

    It almost seems that she has mental instabilities and was looking foer attention or help! I do feel for her because she is not mentally stable but that is as far as my sympathy goes. She needs help and are possibly criminal charges going to be filed for falsifing a crime?

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