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Police looking for man behind acid attack in Surrey

The suspect (right, in checkered shorts) in an acid attack in Surrey back in September, 2013.

*Advisory: The video below contains footage that may be disturbing to some viewers

SURREY (NEWS1130) – It’s a disturbing attack that is still painful to watch for a Surrey business owner who had acid thrown in her face last fall. Video of a man throwing acid on a woman has now been released in an attempt to find the man responsible.

In the Sept. 7 video of the incident, which happened at Tammy Sinclair’s motor sports store on 71A Ave. near 125 St. around 10:30 a.m, Tammy could be seen talking to a man.

“Just like a normal customers does when they come in; they ask you questions — ‘How much is this? How much is that one,'” she recals.

Then suddenly, she is splashed in the face with acid, causing injuries to her face, eyes, and gums.

“This attack had devastating consequences for the victim, considering the weapon used,” says Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP.

Her husband Gordon says it’s fortunate it was not worse. “My wife dodged a bullet by turning away just as he was throwing it at her.”

He tells us the past five months have been a living hell. “Every customer that comes into your shop… we’ve got our suspicions up. We’re looking over our shoulders.”

A possible suspect vehicle after an acid attack in Surrey in September, 2013
A possible suspect vehicle after an acid attack in Surrey in September, 2013

The suspect ran away after the assault, which was caught on video.

Mounties think it was a targeted attack, but they are not discussing any possible motives.

The suspect is described as a white man in his twenties or thirties and between five foot six and five foot 10 inches tall. He has very short blond or light brown hair, and was wearing a black cap, a dark hoodie, checkered shorts, and white runners at the time of the attack. He was carrying a clear mug with liquid in it.

There are two men seen in surveillance photos of the suspect; these men are said to be persons of interest in the case. Police are hoping to speak with them.

Police have also released a possible suspect vehicle, which is believed to be a green Dodge Colt or Geo Metro.