It was a terrifying story: Lizzie Dunn said she was walking down the street in Staten Island, New York, on Monday when a stranger approached her with a question.
“I didn’t know the person,” the 52-year-old told the New York Daily News. “She asked me for cigarette and I told her no.”
Dunn said the woman then asked if she could spare some money. She again refused, she said.
Then came the attack, she told police. Dunn said the alleged attacker forcibly turned her around and threw some type of acid on her face, leaving her with second-degree burns on her scalp and the left side of her face, Staten Island Live reported.
“It seemed like she was spraying a lot of times, like she had to keep pressing nozzle,” Dunn told CBS New York. “With my right hand I tried to grab the can and knock it out of her hand and with the left hand I was trying to shield whatever spray she was misting on me.”
But it all turned out to be a lie, police told NBC New York.
There was no stranger asking for money who sprayed Dunn, police say, because she sprayed herself and fabricated the story.