Surrey RCMP are appealing to the public for help in identifying the suspect of a disturbing acid attack last September they believe was targeted.
On Sept. 7 at approximately 10:30 a.m., police responded to Sinclair's Motorsports in the 13400 block of 71A Avenue in Surrey, after owner Tammy Sinclair reported someone she thought was a customer threw a jar full of hydrochloric acid in her face.
"I remember talking to the gentleman, I remember something getting thrown at me and me going back, and I couldn't breathe," she said.
Sinclair said it damaged her eyesight, and scarred her face and neck. Police believe the attack was targeted, but are still trying to determine what may have motivated the attack.
Police say they have since determined that an unknown male suspect threw a jar of muriatic acid (another name for hydrochloric acid) at the woman, and then fled on foot. They say a vehicle — believed to be a green Dodge Colt or Geo Metro — was likely waiting nearby.
On Friday, Surrey RCMP's Major Crime Section released video footage of the incident in the hope someone will come forward with information about the attacker.
“This attack had devastating consequences for the victim, considering the weapon used,” says Cpl. Bert Paquet in a statement released by the Surrey RCMP on Friday.
“Over the past five months we have been working diligently on this case and are now hoping that the public will be able to assist us in apprehending the individual responsible.”
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, in his 20s or 30s, standing about five-foot-six to five-ten. They say he has very short light blond or brown hair and no facial hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black ball cap, a dark hoodie, checkered shorts, white running shoes, and was carrying a clear glass-type mug with clear liquid in it.
Surveillance photos show the suspect was with two associates, whom police are also interested in speaking with.
Anyone with information is being asked to call Surrey RCMP's special tip line at 604-599-7676 stating they have information on file number 2013-118333. People can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.