Philadelphia, PA – A 61-year-old woman in Philadelphia has been left blind after an unknown man threw acid on her face, police said.
The attack happened around 6:15 last Tuesday when Helen Jones was leaving her home in Philadelphia’s Germantown section.
Jones was walking to her car when an unknown man approached her and threw acid on her face.
“There was a man there and he was like ‘Hey, are you good?’ As if he was inquiring about her safety making sure she was okay,” said Jones’ daughter, Aneesha Summerville. “And when she looked up to say ‘yes,’ he threw the stuff in her face and ran off.”
Summerville says the acid burned her mother’s lips, tongue, and eyes. The fire department’s hazmat unit later determined the liquid was chlorosulfuric acid.
“(The doctors) just said that she’s blind. They couldn’t tell us if she would get her vision back or not,” said Summerville.
According to her daughter, Jones’ was a phlebotomist and was on her way to draw blood for patients at a nursing home when she was attacked.
“One day you’re independent and living your life and the next moment you’re totally dependent on people,” she said.
Summerville says her mother has been traumatized by the attack and she is hoping the man responsible for her mother’s pain is brought to justice quickly.
Jones doesn’t know who her attacker was because he was wearing a face mask covering his nose and mouth.
“(She) didn’t know him. It was totally unexpected,” said Summerville. “She saw his eyes. If she was able to see him again she would know his eyes.”
The suspect was described as a man with dark skin and a medium build who was wearing a knit hat with a blue mask.
No arrests had been made as of Thursday, police said.
Jones’ family have started a GoFund Me account to help cover her medical expenses and to make Jones’ house more accessible to accommodate her blindness.
Donations can be made here – https://www.gofundme.com/f/helen-jones-quality-of-life-restoration-fund