Lizzie Dunn, 52 the woman who claimed she was attacked with acid has now changed her story to admit her gruesome injuries were self-inflicted.
She initially told police that a woman had thrown sulphuric acid in her face in a horrific attack in New York. She claimed she was attacked last Monday morning at Carlton Boulevard and Woodrow Road in the Annadale area of Staten Island, New York City borough.
Also, in an interview with CBS from her hospital bed, Dunn initially claimed she had been walking alone to a bus stop when she was approached by another woman who asked her for cigarettes and money.
She told CBS2’s Erin Logan: “She had a nice tone to her voice and her tone started to change when I didn’t have the second thing she requested.”
She continued: “She seemed angry when she talked to me the next time she said, ‘Do you at least have the time?’ I just kept walking, I didn’t respond and I think that triggered something in her.”
When Dunn refused, she claims the suspect grabbed her shoulders and sprayed her in the face with what sources said was some type of sulphuric acid.
“It seemed like she was spraying a lot of times, like she had to keep pressing nozzle. 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,” she said.
Dunn suffered second-degree burns on the left side of her face and scalp. She told Logan she felt helpless. She couldn’t scream because she was afraid to get anything in her mouth.
She said: “My neck is stinging and I feel like the skin is melting. I can’t feel my lip. I’d rather die than to feel that pain again ever.”
But just a day later, after a police probe, Dunn reportedly told officers that the horrific burns on her face were the result of self harm. She admitted to fabricating the account.
The NYPD’s 123rd Precinct tweeted on Tuesday: “The alleged acid assault in the Woodrow area yesterday has been found to have not occurred. The injuries were self-inflicted and there is no perpetrator. There is no threat to the public.”