Unknown Nafiah Ikram Attacker- New York- 2021 Apr 25, 2021 2:28:20 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Apr 25, 2021 2:28:20 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: nbcnews.com)
MINEOLA, N.Y. — A Long Island woman is speaking out after she was left scarred on most of her face, arms, and hands, and was left legally blind in one eye after an acid attack by an unknown assailant. Nafiah Ikram, 21, said that she has to speak up in order to seek justice, and to help herself.
“I’ve always been a believer in talking about things,” Ikram, a junior at Hofstra University, said. “It helps the mental state.”
Her state is remarkably strong in the wake of what happened to her at around 8 p.m. on March 17.
She’d just pulled up to her family’s home in Elmont, after dropping her mother off after work. As surveillance video of the scene shows, a man wearing a hoodie snuck up to her carrying a cup of what police called a “hazardous substance.”
“He ran up behind me and threw it in my face,” Ikram said. “I can’t understand what level of hatred, or jealousy, or whatever provoked this person to do this to me.”
Investigators with the Nassau County Police Department said the attacker is a thin man, standing about 6 feet 2 inches tall. They said he fled in a 2013 red Nissan Altima with yellow New York state license plates.
The county also doubled the reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest — from $10,000 to $20,000.
Also on Thursday afternoon, donations to a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for Ikram’s treatment had totaled more than $370,000. Padma Lakshmi, the host of the television series Top Chef, is a personal friend of Ikram’s family and has urged people to donate.
Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder referenced the campaign at a news conference.
“Donating to the GoFundMe page is great, but I need to hear some information,” he said, asking for tips.
He also addressed a question that has surfaced repeatedly since the attack happened last month: was this a hate crime?
“We have no evidence at this time to say that it was a hate crime,” the commissioner said. “We have no evidence at this time to say that it was not a hate crime.”
Ikram is of South Asian descent, and she said that her Muslim faith has sustained her through the trauma of the attack. Still, she herself doesn’t believe it was a hate crime.
“This is about just humanity, you know?” she said. “That’s what’s important.”
She said, really, there’s just one question.
“I just want to know why.”
Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or to call 911. All callers will remain anonymous.
Thoughts? I am placing this thread in the Unsolved on TV section since NBC News and CNN have done national news online stories about the search for Nafiah's attacker:
And I'm going to be honest, I don't see how this case can be anything other than a hate crime. I understand from a police angle you have to investigate so I am in no way criticizng them for not calling it a hate crime, but from my private citizen point of view I unfortunately see no other reason to do this to someone you don't even know other than it to be a prejudicial attack. Whoever this guy is needs to be caught and held accountable, since if he can do this to one completely innocent victim, he can strike again. The pix11.com link shows the surveillance video. To be honest it's grainy and not the best, but hopefully it's enough for someone to identify him.
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