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Woman hospitalized after acid attack

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Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 12:53 pm | Updated: 2:40 pm, Sun Sep 5, 2010.

A 41-year-old woman is hospitalized at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix with second-degree burns on her face and chest after she was allegedly attacked by another woman who threw acid on her on Thursday.

The victim was getting out of her vehicle in a parking lot in the 1300 block of South Val Vista Drive about 1 p.m. when a woman approached her and threw the acid on her, according to Mesa police.

The attacker was described as a 30- to 40-year-old Hispanic woman with black shoulder-length hair, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds and wearing a black tank top and black sweat pants with a white stripe.

The victim told police that she did not recognize her assailant, but Detective Mike Melendez, a Mesa police spokesman, said evidence shows it was not a random act and that the attacker knew the victim.

Police are following leads to locate the woman and arrest her on suspicion of aggravated assault.

The victim is expected to be hospitalized for at least 72 hours, Melendez said.

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