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Long Island authorities are looking for a man who threw acid in a college student’s face

Nafiah Ikram, 21, was in the driveway of her Elmont dwelling on March 17, when a man approached her from behind and threw a dark-colored substance in her face, in response to the Nassau County Police Department.

Ikram, a scholar at Hofstra University, advised CNN affiliate WCBS that she had simply gotten dwelling from work when she was attacked.

“I started to cry and, like, I was panicking. I was like, ‘Dad, someone threw something in my face!’ And he was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s acid,'” Ikram stated.

She was rushed to the hospital and handled for severe accidents to her eye and throat and burns on her arms, the affiliate reported.

“She was in the hospital for three weeks, and she’s still not able to eat properly,” her father Sheikh Ikram advised WCBS. “She can’t see anything good. Only one eye is working.”

“I can just see colors, but that’s it,” Ikram stated to WCBS.

A surveillance digicam captured video of the assault, however the suspect is difficult to see. Ikram advised WCBS that she did not acknowledge the attacker and he did not say something to her. The household advised WCBS that they do not consider it was a hate crime.

Nassau County Police Department advised CNN that officers are looking for a man, who is roughly 6’2″ tall, with a skinny build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gloves, police said in a statement.

Police said in a tweet that they believe the suspect drove away in a red Nissan Altima. Officials are asking anyone with any information to contact Crime Stoppers

The attack has led to an outpouring of support for Ikram.

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, who said she’s known the family for a decade, urged people to share any information they might have with police.

“We need to discover the folks that did this horrible, heinous crime to her and we want your assist,” she said in a video on Instagram. “This is the nightmare of any father or mother to have this occur to your baby.”
She also encouraged people to contribute to a GoFundMe account to help pay for Ikram’s continuing care. The campaign has raised more than $366,000, but organizers said her medical costs are expected to be astronomical.

“Nafiah has stayed extremely robust all through this horrific occasion,” the GoFundMe description reads. “Nafiah’s solely want is that the attacker is caught in order that she will really feel protected in her own residence.

Nassau County Police stated they are providing a $10,000 reward for data resulting in an arrest.

“My whole life changed in a matter of five minutes,” Ikram advised WCBS. “We don’t realize what we have until it’s gone.”

CNN’s Anna Sturla contributed to this story.

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