Reward to Find Elmont Acid Attack Perpetrator Raised to $50K, Nassau Police Say

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Nafiah Ikram at a news conference with elected officials to announce that the reward for information leading to the arrest of her attacker is now $50,000.
Photos courtesy of the Office of the Nassau County Executive

Reward to Find Elmont Acid Attack Perpetrator Raised to $50K, Nassau Police Say

For two years, Nassau County Police have been searching for the man who carried out an acid attack on Nafiah Ikram in front of her Elmont home. There are still no leads in the case, and police are increasing the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction to $50,000.

Ikram, a 23-year-old Hofstra University student, joined Nassau County Executive Brunce Blakeman, Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages (D-Lawrence), and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder to make the announcement on Wednesday. 

“Nafiah Ikram has inspired all of us with the determination, dignity, and courage she has demonstrated throughout this unthinkable ordeal,” Solages said. “We must all work together to support Nafiah and ensure that no family endures an atrocity like this ever again. I am very thankful for the cooperation and strong support from the Nassau County Police Department and the FBI, and I believe that together, we’re going to make justice happen for Nafiah.”

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Legislator Carrie Solages speaks at the news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, nearly two years after the attack.Courtesy Office of the Nassau County Executive

On the night of March 17, 2021, an unknown male suspect approached Ikram as she was walking up the driveway to her house on Arlington Avenue. He was holding a white cup with a dark substance in it and threw it in her face. He then fled eastbound in a  2013-15 Nissan Altima. He was described as being about 6’2” tall, skinny build, wearing a black sweatshirt with a hood and wearing gloves.

Ikram has had many surgeries following the attack, and a GoFundMe to assist with her medical expenses has raised over $570,000. Earlier this year, Ikram shared her story in a YouTube video for a channel called Unfiltered Stories.

“Whoever did this to me wanted me to live in fear,” Ikram says in the video. “So I refused to let them get the W because that’s what they want.”

Anyone with information that could help lead to the arrest and conviction of Nafiah’s attacker is urged to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or the FBI at tips.fbi.gov or 1-800-225-5325 (1-800-CALL-FBI).