A Dallas teen is recovering from severe burns to her face and body after police said a man threw a cup full of acid at her.
Family members say 17-year-old Alma Ponce, her younger brother and her mother were returning to their home in the 300 block of Bonnie View Road in southeast Oak Cliff when the attack happened at about 1 a.m. Sunday.
As they were about to walk inside, the attacker came from the side of the home and threw a cup of acid in Alma’s face and body, burning her skin and melting some of her clothes.
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Some acid also splattered on her 8-year-old brother, burning his back, legs and arms.
The attacker, wearing a red hoodie and black ski mask, ran off into the darkness.
In daylight, the family found hateful graffiti painted on the side of their home, targeting Alma and using racial slurs.
Alma’s sister said the family does not believe the attack was random. They believe the suspect was asked to carry out the attack by his girlfriend – a girl whom Alma has known in the past.
Alma has been in and out of surgery to repair the burns and damage to her face since the attack. Her family said she could have lost an eye, and her vision has not fully returned.
Police described the man as five feet, six inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask.
Dallas police asked anyone with information about this incident to call Det. M. Bailey at 214-671-3621 or Det. B. Billings at 214-671-3083.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to an indictment for this offense. To submit a tip, call 214-373-8477 (TIPS).