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Woman suffers severe burns after caustic chemical attack in Long Island City

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Police are looking for a man who they say attacked and severely burned a woman with a corrosive substance on a Long Island City street Wednesday afternoon.

According to authorities, the attack occurred at 5:27 p.m. at the corner of 33rd Street and 43rd Avenue.

The victim was attempting to enter a parked car when the suspect — described as a black male in his 30s — approached from behind and asked to speak with her.

When the woman turned around, police said, the suspect threw the caustic substance, which had been contained in a coffee cup, in the woman’s face. He then fled the scene. It was not immediately known what the chemical was, though published reports indicated it was acid-like in nature.

Police said the woman got into her car and attempted to drive away, but stopped just 200 feet from the location after being overcome by the substance.

Officers from the 108th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics brought the woman to Cornell Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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