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Surrey RCMP release video of man who threw acid on woman

Life has been a "living hell" for a woman since last September when someone threw acid at her face for no apparent reason.

On Sept. 13, 2013, at about 10:30 a.m., Tammy Sinclair was out back of her ATV shop in the 13400-block of 71A Avenue when a man in plaid shorts (shown left with two persons of interest) walked up to her carrying a jar of liquid.

The two talked about ATVs for a bit, and then the man checked to see if anyone was looking and threw what turned out to be muriatic acid on her.

Sinclair's neck and shoulder were burned by the acid and she has lost partial eyesight.

"We were just talking about ATVs, just like a normal customer does," Sinclair said at an RCMP press conference on Friday.

Her husband Gordon said the family's life has been a "living hell" since the attack.

"My wife dodged a bullet, just by turning away just as he was throwing it at her," he said, adding the workdays at the shop have changed since then. "Every customer that comes into the shop, we have our suspicions."

The suspect was last seen leaving on foot and met someone else in a nearby vehicle – a green Dodge Colt or Geo Metro.

Police believe it was a targeted attack.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5’6” to 5’10”, with very short hair (blond or light brown), no facial hair, wearing a black ball cap, dark hoodie, checkered shorts, white running shoes, and carrying a glass-type mug with clear liquid in it.

Video surveillance stills show him with two male associates as well as a suspect vehicle (shown left).

The men shown with him are persons of interest in connection to this investigation and police would like to identify and speak with them.

“This attack had devastating consequences for the victim, considering the weapon used,” said Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP. “Over the past five months, we have been working diligently on this case and are now hoping that the public will be able to assist us in apprehending the individual responsible.”

Surrey RCMP is requesting that anyone who has any information regarding this case, please contact the our special tip line at 604-599-7676 stating file number 2013-118333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) if you wish to remain anonymous.

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