Crime

Acid Attack in Mesa -- Woman Suffers Face and Chest Burns; Police Say Attack by Woman Not Random

We're hearing a lot about acid attacks these days -- now there's been one in Mesa.

Police report that a 41-year-old woman stepped out of her vehicle in her driveway at about 1 p.m. yesterday when a woman walked up and threw acid on her. She then ran away through the apartment complex, near Southern Avenue and Val Vista Drive.

The victim was taken to the hospital with burns to her face and chest -- no other word on her condition.

 

Police don't think it's a random act, based on their initial investigation.

The attacker is described as a Hispanic female, 30 to 40 years old, with black, shoulder-length hair in a ponytail, about 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds, with "wide hips." She was wearing a black tank-top and black sweat pants with a white stripe.

 

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.