Woman seriously burned in chemical attack in Golden Hill

Arturo Jose Reyes suspected in attack

SAN DIEGO - A woman was seriously burned by sulfuric acid as she walked into a laundromat in Golden Hill, and a man seen creating a disturbance nearby was arrested in connection with the attack, San Diego police said.

Police said at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday, a woman went to do laundry at a laundromat on 25th Street near Broadway. 

A man -- whose car was parked next to the woman's vehicle -- confronted her as she was leaving her vehicle to enter the laundromat. 

He threw a liquid substance – later identified as sulfuric acid – on her, which landed on her arm and back, police said.

San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said arriving officers spotted a man matching the attacker's description causing a disturbance at a nearby gas station.

The victim identified him as having thrown the chemicals on her, and the man – who was identified as Arturo Jose Reyes – was arrested on suspicion of assault with a caustic chemical, Cali said.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for second-degree burns, police said. 10News learned on Sunday that she has been released from the hospital.

Police said they do not believe she knew the suspect.

"It does appear to be random," said San Diego police Lt. Joseph Ramos.

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