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Cops release security camera image of suspect in LIC caustic chemical assault

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Hoping to crack the case, the NYPD released on Thursday night a surveillance camera image of a man wanted in connection with last month’s assault on a Long Island City street that left a woman with chemical burns.

The picture shows the suspect from behind in the area of Skillman Avenue and 33rd Street on Aug. 19, when the assault took place.

According to authorities, the perpetrator — described as a black male believed to be 30 years old, standing 5 foot 8 inches tall with black hair and wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and white sneakers — approached the 59-year-old woman as she entered her car at about 5:20 p.m.

The suspect asked her a question and when the woman turned around, he threw an unidentified, “acid-like” chemical in her face that had been contained within a coffee cup, police said. He then fled the scene.

The woman managed to enter her car and drive a few feet away before being overcome by the chemical. Paramedics rushed her to Cornell Medical Center for treatment of facial burns.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts 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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