Police seek suspect in chemical attack on Puyallup woman

Puyallup police are asking for the public's help in locating a suspect who threw some kind of chemical into the face of a 23-year-old woman last week.

Police are distributing a composite drawing of the man, who has two distinctive marks on his face, in hopes someone will recognize him.

The incident occurred July 30 in the Hampton’s apartment community parking lot at 2549 South Meridian Street, according to police spokesman Lt. Scott Engle.

He said the woman, who sustained severe chemical burns to her face and eyes, told police she was approached by a man who asked her for a glass of water. Claiming he was locked out of his apartment, he said he needed water for his car.

The woman, who carried a personal Taser weapon, brought him a glass of water.

Engle said she gave it to him and then he threw the liquid at her face. The woman said she attempted to fire her Taser but with her eyes damaged she missed him, he said.

The woman was treated at a local hospital, Engle said. Though there is apparently no permanent damage to her face and eyes, he said she is still suffering lingering health effects on his skin.

Engle said the substance thrown at her was some kind of acid-based liquid.

The suspect is described as a black male with medium skin tone, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a husky build, Engle said. The suspect was believed to be in his mid to late twenties and was last seen wearing a plain navy blue hoodie type sweatshirt, jeans, and white tennis shoes.

The suspect had two distinctive marks on his right cheek.

Anyone with information about the suspect can contact the Puyallup Police Department’s Tip Line at 253-770-3343.