Authorities in Brooklyn are asking for the public’s help after they responded to an attack on Friday, December 2nd. Police say that an unidentified assailant was loitering in the Nostrand Avenue and Winthrop Street subway station on Friday morning.
A 21-year-old woman also arrived at the station and was waiting for transportation to arrive. While waiting and standing on the southbound 2/5 train platform, the unidentified suspect approached the woman. A verbal altercation ensued, although it remains unclear what prompted the suspect to approach the woman or what was said to cause aggravation between the two parties.
The 21-year-old then appeared to attempt to get away from the situation, but the suspect followed the victim up a stairway. Then, the culprit reportedly splashed an unknown chemical onto the victim’s face.
By the time emergency responders arrived, the 21-year-old had burns on the left side of her face and she was in distress. She was rushed to the NYC Health and Hospitals/Jacobi in critical condition.
The suspect was not captured, but authorities have released an image of the woman. The suspect appears to be a black female who is about 20-30 years old. The suspect was also wearing a black jacket with a brown-fur lined hood. She was also wearing black pants.
What Type of Crime is it to Use Chemical Weapons?
In New York, any form of assault or battery is taken seriously under the law. Using chemicals, however, will certainly upgrade your charges. Under the law, “caustic chemicals” include several types of substances like:
- Toxic waste
- Petroleum products
- Flammable fluids
In general, any type of substance that causes burns to the skin could be considered a “caustic chemical.” Considering that the victim in the case above did sustain burns, there’s a great chance that the suspect will get charged with assault or battery using caustic chemicals.
This type of crime is considered a felony in New York, which is the most severe type of crime. Not only are you likely to serve jail time and get hit with fines, but you’ll also lose certain rights if you get convicted.
Do You Have Legal Questions or Need Legal Help?
We’ve all had moments where our emotions got the best of us, but it’s still always a crime to harm another person (unless you’re acting in self-defense). If you’ve recently been arrested or accused of committing an act of violence, then it’s important to hire proper legal representation. A good lawyer can help you better understand your charges, legal options, and potential defense strategies.
A good lawyer will also help you determine the best way to move forward after getting arrested. Depending on the situation, it might make the most sense to plead not guilty and take your case to trial. In other situations, it might be best to agree to a deal with Prosecutors.
For top-tier legal guidance regarding your situation, we advise you to reach out to our legal experts. Schedule a meeting with our best attorneys now to discuss your charges in more detail.