Woman attacked, sprayed with bleach in random assault at Wheaton Mall, police say

Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, are seeking the public’s help identifying two teen girls suspected of assaulting a woman and spraying bleach in her eyes in what police believe was a random attack at the Wheaton Mall last month.

Officers were called to Wheaton Mall on Veirs Mill Road in Silver Spring around 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, according to a news release published Monday.

The release said the woman was walking inside the mall when she was approached by two teen girls, who pushed her to the ground and began kicking her in the face. One of the girls then sprayed bleach in her eyes before they both ran off.

“The suspects were unknown to the victim. The attack appears to have been random and unprovoked,” police spokeswoman Casandra Tressler told WTOP in an email.

The woman was taken to the hospital with serious trauma to her face.

Montgomery County police released surveillance video of the suspects from a Metro station camera.

Police are asking anyone with more information to call the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773- 5530 or 240-773-TIPS, or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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