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Surrey RCMP seeking public's help in acid attack

02/21/2014 04:01 EST | Updated 04/23/2014 05:59 EDT
Surrey RCMP are appealing to the public for help in identifying the suspect of a disturbing attack last September.

On Sept. 7 at approximately 10:30 a.m., police responded to a business on the 13400 block of 71A Avenue in Surrey after its owner reported someone had thrown acid on his wife. 

The woman survived, but was injured in what police say was a targeted assault.

Police say they have since determined that an unknown suspect threw a jar of muriatic acid at the women, and then fled on foot. They say a vehicle — believed to be a green Dodge Colt or Geo Metro — was likely waiting nearby. 

On Friday, Surrey RCMP's Major Crime Section released video footage of the incident in the hope someone will come forward with information about the attacker.

“This attack had devastating consequences for the victim, considering the weapon used,” says Cpl. Bert Paquet in a statement released by the Surrey RCMP on Friday.

“Over the past five months we have been working diligently on this case and are now hoping that the public will be able to assist us in apprehending the individual responsible.”

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, in his 20s or 30s, standing about five-foot-six to five-ten. They say he has very short light blond or brown hair and no facial hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black ball cap, a dark hoodie, checkered shorts, white running shoes, and was carrying a clear glass-type mug with clear liquid in it.

Surveillance photos show the suspect was with two associates, whom police are also interested in speaking with.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Surrey RCMP's special tip line at 604-599-7676 stating they have information on file number 2013-118333. People can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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