EUGENE, Ore. -- A woman in Eugene was the victim of an acid attack early this morning, and it’s the fourth time she has been attacked this way, according to Eugene police.
Officials say the woman was most recently attacked at about 5:30 a.m. this morning when she answered her front door and a suspect threw acid on her. She was reportedly transported to a nearby hospital and treated for chemical burns.
This is not the first or even second time she has been attacked this way, according to police. They say that the first reported incident came to them on March 28, 2022. Police say the victim was walking her dog when an unknown attacker threw a cup of acid on her. Police said the woman and the dog both had to be treated for chemical burns. During police’s investigation into this incident, the victim also said that she had been attacked in November 2021 when an attacker threw a cup full of glass shards at her and her dog, but she did not report it at the time.
Police say that on April 19 the victim called 911 about a person trying to get into her home, who she believed to be the same person who attacked her in March. Police said she was attacked again on June 19 when a man broke into her residence, poured a chemical on her and lit her on fire. Police said that she was able to put out the fire with a sandal and was treated for burns at a nearby hospital.
According to police, the victim says the attacker was the same person in every incident, and that he made statements about her ethnicity during the attacks. The victim reportedly identifies as being Native American. Police say all of these incidents are being investigated. The suspect is described as a white male, age 17-20, with dirty blond hair and may have had freckles. Police say he was last seen wearing black pants, a black hoodie, and dark-colored boots.
Police are seeking tips about these cases. If you know anything about these incidents, please call Eugene Police Department detective Glenn Gilhuber at 541-682-5569 and refer to case number 22-04892 or 22-09739.