NYC straphanger burned in acid attack: I was “on fire”

A Brooklyn straphanger who experienced every driver’s worst nightmare on Friday when a confused woman accidentally threw suspected acid in her face, told the Post she works with the mentally ill – and that something needs to be done urgently.

The 21-year-old Kings County Hospital worker, who asked not to be named, said she was left feeling like her face was “on fire” when her attacker sprayed the caustic liquid on her around 1:10 a.m

“She seemed insane and aggressive to me,” said the health worker, who was then on her way to work and may now need a skin graft for her burns.

The attack came just days after Mayor Eric Adams announced a new plan to place the mentally ill in custody if they pose a danger to themselves or others.

Friday’s victim said that before she was attacked, she used her cell phone to record the murmurs of another woman roaming around and pushing people.

The attacker appeared to be wearing pajamas and spat obscenities as she intermittently typed on a cellphone, video of her tirades showing.

A mentally ill woman injected a substance believed to be acid at a healthcare worker on the subway on December 2, 2022.
A confused woman splashed a substance believed to be acid at a healthcare worker on the subway on December 2, 2022.

“I hope your kids get pushed and your mother gets pushed,” she can be heard hissing at the drivers.

The distraught woman then followed the victim off the train at the Winthrop Avenue subway station, still mumbling.

“As we reach the stairs, all I hear is her saying, ‘Oh, I can show you better than I can tell you,’ and she pours the liquid over me,” the victim said. “She pours the acid all over my face.”

The victim described the mixture as liquid acid combined with a sticky substance.

“I was just desperate. I was in so much pain. I’ve never been in a situation like this,” said the lifelong New Yorker. “I was panicking. I knew I couldn’t wipe it off my hand because it would get on my hand.”

The skin on her nose has hardened, and doctors believe the fluid has burned her nerves, cartilage and tissue so badly “that she may need a transplant,” the worker said.

The victim of the attack said she may need a skin graft.
The victim of the attack said she may need a skin graft.
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“It hurt like hell. It was like my face was on fire,” she said. “It felt like tens of thousands of tingles. It was the worst pain ever.”

The victim said there were no police or cameras in the station at the time of the attack.

The video shows the attacker talking about pushing people.
The video shows the attacker roaming around and shoving people.

“If I hadn’t had those videos, we wouldn’t even know what this woman looks like,” she said.

“There are cops arresting people who get on the train every 5 seconds but when it comes to acid spatter, when it comes to literal rape or sexual assault, anything else that affects a person’s mental health, no police are in View . That’s the problem.”

She said the attack could potentially have been prevented if the attacker had “received the proper psychiatric care.

“That’s what’s killing me: it could have been one of my patients,” the victim said.

“All we can do is pray, because it’s not like the justice system has proven that it actually does justice. Let’s see what Eric Adams does.”

Other straphangers were shaken by the news of the recent incident of random subway violence.

“The crime situation is really out of control,” said Rafael Bains, 61, while waiting for a C train at the Jay Street MetroTech station in Brooklyn on Friday.

“It makes me a little more cautious being there, especially with my grandson. I have to make sure he’s okay,” said Bains, a resident of East New York.

“So many innocent people get hurt for no reason,” he added. “Someone could be mentally ill, but what can we do? We have to take care of ourselves.”

Amanda Gonzalez, 35, said Adam’s plan was a good idea because “there are a lot of weirdos on the train.” NYC straphanger burned in acid attack: I was “on fire”


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