A Maryland man is behind bars after allegedly throwing a dangerous acid into a female victim’s face after a reported disagreement between the two on Sunday.
WJLA reports that on Monday, police arrested Bekre Abdela, 28, of Hyattsville, Maryland, and charged him with attempted murder. The arrest stems from a February 24 argument during which he allegedly threw sulfuric acid on his female roommate’s face and upper body. The incident resulted in the victim developing critical injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sulphuric acid can cause blisters, pain, redness, and serious injuries when it comes in contact with the skin. If inhaled, the acid can cause labored breathing, coughing, shortness of breath, respiratory congestion, and a sore, irritated throat. It can also cause severe pulmonary edema and in severe cases, death.
Abdela fled by the time first responders arrived at the scene around 7:30 that night to find an adult woman with fresh chemical burns. Authorities located Abdela two days later on Monday, and according to police, the suspect admitted his responsibility for the unnamed victim’s trauma.
According to The Washington Post, the woman remained in the hospital Tuesday.
Investigators are still looking into Abdela’s motive for the attack. He is currently facing attempted murder, assault, and other charges. The suspect is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 27.
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[Feature Photo: Bekre Abdela/Police Handout]