acid attack

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is assisting in Nassau County Police Department’s months-long search for the person who threw acid in the face of a young Elmont woman in March.

At about 8:30 p.m. on March 17, an unknown male suspect approached 21-year-old Nafiah Ikram as she got out of her car and walked up the driveway to her house on Arlington Avenue in Elmont. The individual, described as 6’ 2” with a thin build, threw the hazardous liquid at Ikram and fled in a red, 2013 to 2015 Nissan Altima with fog lights, police said. Ikram sustained serious burns to her face, eyes, and arms. The FBI, as well as Nassau County PD, are offering $20,000 to anyone who comes forward with information that leads to an arrest of the suspect.

“If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI’s Toll Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324),” the FBI’s poster reads. “You may also contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.”

The gruesome assault of Ikram, who is a college student at Hofstra University, gained national attention after her story spread on social media about a month after the incident. Community members started a GoFundMe page for her medical expenses. She still suffers health complications from the attack. Her last update on the GoFundMe came on Sept. 30, when she said she had a recent surgery to reconstruct parts of her face and thanked her supporters. The page has raised more than $530,000.

“I still have extremely horrible and very melancholy days where everything just hits me all over again,” Ikram wrote. “It’s going to be a while before I’m ‘okay’ again.”

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