PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, BROOKLYN (WABC) — Police say they have arrested a suspect in a chemical attack on a woman last month at a Brooklyn subway station.
The incident happened in the morning of December 2 at the station between Winthrop Street and Nostrand Avenue at Lefferts Gardens Avenue.
Police say the suspect, 33-year-old Rodlin Gravesande, got into an argument with the victim and splashed an unknown chemical in her face.
The 21-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of burns.
“It was literally the scariest thing I’ve ever been through, it really burned. That’s why I ran to my work. That’s all I thought to do,” said the victim, who did not want to be identified. .
The woman says her health education has begun and she’s focused on getting help.
“The first thing that went through my mind, I went into obvious health mode, it wasn’t like ‘oh I need to get revenge on this woman’ it was more like ‘I need to get medical attention immediately because I’m not ‘I’m not know what it is,” she said.
After the incident, officers patrolled the metro station and put up posters looking for the attacker.
MTA Chairman and CEO Jano Lieber spoke about the attack during a taping of “Up Close” with Eyewitness News host Bill Ritter.
“We will work with the police who are investigating to find out. But we also have to keep in mind that if it’s a person with a mental illness, it’s really in line with what the mayor is saying and what the government has already done to create mental health beds. We need a system that takes people with severe mental illness out of the public space and into treatment so they can get better,” Lieber said.
The victim now says she won’t be riding the train, but says the experience has given her a new perspective on a career and life in health care.
Gravesande has been charged with assault, police said.
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