Michael says a caustic substance damaged the interior of his car.
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Michael said he was at the intersection of Cape May Avenue and Bacon Street in Ocean Beach on Friday afternoon (October 20th), when a woman followed him in her van, pulled out a water gun, and sprayed him with a caustic substance.

“If I wasn't wearing sunglasses, it would have [gone in my eyes] and I would have had to go to the ER. I was lucky,” he told me.

Michael's bumper shows spots left by the substance

“I was just passing her on Cape May — she was to the right of me, looming like she was about to pick someone up, doing about five to ten miles per hour, so I drove around her and that's when she started tailing me….

“She followed me in her van to the next block, into my friend’s alley…. I saw her following so I tried to go into a driveway to yank a U-turn really quick to get away from her but she almost rammed my car and cornered me in the driveway.”

That’s when Michael said she pulled out a water gun and sprayed him with an acid-like substance.

“She pointed the water gun out her window and sprayed me from, like, 12 feet away,” he said. “Immediately, I felt it was burning and not just a normal water gun filled with water, so I followed her to get her license plate….

“[The gun] was filled with a neon-blue substance that immediately started bubbling when it touched me and my car; it already took off some paint on my car and discolored my interior and burned my neck and anything that touched it. It spread right away…the burning lasted a few hours but I’m still in a lot of pain.”

Michael said he called 911 and filed a police report, but he did not seek medical attention.

He described the attacker as an "African American woman, driving a crappy white mini-van, maybe an old Ford, scrawny, and wearing a towel turban on her head."

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Wabbitsd Oct. 24, 2017 @ 2:24 p.m.

Not a single witness cited?

Is THIS what passes as "news" these days?


Visduh Oct. 24, 2017 @ 2:31 p.m.

The story as reported may not be the entire story. But anyone packing a squirt gun full of some sort of acid, or caustic solution (which are on opposite ends of the pH scale) is looking for trouble. That's not anything the average citizen has in his or her car for any purpose.


bfumeck Oct. 26, 2017 @ 8:04 a.m.

It should be “a caustic substance”...not “an caustic substance”, just saying. It says he followed her to get the license plate, did he get it?

And I honestly don’t know what an African person wearing a turban signifies. There are so many different religious sects that I am not sure why anyone would assume anything. It just sounds like she was pissed off that he passed her....he may of gestured something that pissed her off or she may have just been looking for trouble...either way it doesn’t mean it was religiously motivated.

Thanks for the story.


Wabbitsd Oct. 26, 2017 @ 7:46 p.m.

Delinda. Did anyone (other than the victim) see this incident?


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