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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  1. jeffbo

    Acid head !

    September 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Al

    Move over Salahi/Lohan/The CarAssians/Kate plus Loser 8....we have another person who is more worthy of the limelight position...damn, why didnt I think of this to get attention.....oh, lets not forget OctoMom....and the host of others.

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

      ...The Balloon Boy family... really can we just put all these people together on a desert island??

      September 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mimsca1

    Said.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LMaestro

    She should get a reality show along with the McCain volunteer who fabricated an attack by a marauding Obama supporter, and who can forget Susan Smith of SC.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Quagmire

    Its all very sad...acid in your own face and blaming another ethnicity...sounds like she's a tea party activist!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lacey

    The part that is really upsetting is that because of her there have been two copy-cats who have assaulted other women. She is half responsible for that.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paul Argyropoulos

    Some African American woman now needs to throw acid in her face so when she cries "foul" a second time, it goes unheard.

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

      Ew. As an African American woman (well, really just American, but that seems to be the label I am compelled to use), I would never, never, not ever, never, ever, never...

      never even....it just turns my stomach. So...I'm just going to do what my parents taught me–turn the other cheek. She needs....so much. If I lived there, I would visit her in the hospital and forgive her. And then pay for her therapy..but only after I sent my money to about 253 other worthy causes–the Chilean miners, Haitian refugees. Any left over..yea, she'd get some for therapy...

      September 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rachel

    This woman is ill. Thats all I really can say geesh.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. whatahit

    Issues? Ya think???

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CIA hacker

    She may give up her claim under the threat from someone.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. silk

    It seems like there are more and more crazy people coming out lately! We better build more mental hospitals for these people.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. iJoeCooper

    Um, okay, well then just tell people it was a hoax (once), don't list her name, show her picture or give it any more attention because that's what she wants anyway ... nutbar.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Aaron

    Leave her alone in a room with a gun... Maybe that can be self-inflicted too.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MS

    It amazes me to see just how far some people go for attention.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. das272

    Wow, truly shocking! Hope she gets some psychiatric help.

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