Acid attack comes to America: Homeless man hurls caustic chemical at UC Berkeley janitor

Acid and other corrosive chemical attacks are increasingly frequent in gun-control UK. See:

A victim of acid attack in Southampton, England, September 2015 (BBC photo)

Now acid attacks have come to America as well.
On April 3, 2018, at 1:35 a.m., a female janitor of the University of California, Berkeley, found a homeless man in a restroom in Wheeler Hall. She told the man he had to leave because the building was closed.
The man followed her out of the bathroom, then “threw a caustic chemical at her,” before fleeing the scene, according to a statement by UCPD (University of California Police Department).
The Berkeley Fire Department took the woman to a local emergency room for treatment of chemical burns.
Police searched the area for the suspect but could not locate him, said UCPD spokesman Sgt. Nicolas Hernandez. Hernandez declined to say whether UCPD has leads in the case or whether there might be surveillance video that could help detectives identify the assailant, also due to the ongoing investigation. Hernandez indicated that this type of assault is not a common occurrence on campus: “I’ve heard of it in my career before but I couldn’t tell you what the numbers are.”
According to recordings of police scanner activity that morning, paramedics said the bottle of fluid used in the assault was “essentially ammonia concentrate” and that the woman received burns on her torso.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 50s, 5′ 6″ to 5′ 7″ tall, with a white “scruffy” beard and white hair. He appeared to be homeless.
Anyone who has information about the crime is asked to contact the University of California Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at 510-642-0472.
Sources: Berkeleyside; CBS SF
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Update (April 20, 2018):

The assailant is William Kearney, 62, a convicted pedophile. More here.
William Kearney

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There’s too many sickos on this planet.

Brian Heinz

Seems what happens on the other side of the pond comes here eventually and how long will the American people deal with the on slot of radical terrorist in this country. We can not tolerated it once you let them get a foot hold you have places like Dearborn Michigan. And there is a place in my state you do not go like no go zones in Europe. So how long?

Gary Jones
Gary Jones

Homelessness is out of control in southern California where we live. Rents are skyrocketing due to unlimited immigration, free medical and welfare for all. Many landlords get extra rent for taking in so-called refugee families in one-bedroom apartments and for taking in sex offenders. (The neighborhood next to ours has the largest sex offender population west of the Mississippi.) Police are openly hostile to homeless. The police issue $400 tickets for each infraction of camping out in prohibited areas. $400 is taken out of their social security and/or welfare. Taught chemistry and physics for decades. Certain acids not only disfigure… Read more »


California is becoming a sh*thole…


We must keep in mind this happened in the Lawless West,so it’s unlikely any legal repercussions will come of this. If it happens that the perp is caught,the woman could file a lawsuit against him,but with him having nothing to win,what’d be the point. At least all her medical care will be free,thanks to the “Land of Fruits and Nuts”.


With that description it could have been one of the professors.


[April 12, 2018]: “Man’s Face Left Completely Disfigured After Acid Attack in His Tennessee Home”
“A man in Smyrna, Tennessee, is in critical condition after falling victim to an acid attack which took place in his home.
Christopher Phiouthong was attacked on April 5 with an “extremely corrosive acid” while in the shower. He has since been at an area hospital.
“It appears to be a very quiet neighborhood. Very low crime; low crime to no crime,” Clarence Crawley, a neighbor of Phiouthong, told WKRN.”