A Maidenbower resident has described the moment a man started “screaming” and shouting “I’m blind” after he had acid thrown over him.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the 22-year-old was attacked in Lyon Close, Maidenbower, at 7.10pm on Tuesday (April 8).
The resident, who asked not to be named, described how he saw a white Astra van moving slowly around the close but assumed it was being used as part of a junk mail delivery service.
He said: “I could see two black men in there. I didn’t think anything of it really.
“I looked out again and saw a white guy come over. I heard this argument.
“Then the white guy puts his hand over his face and he’s rolling around and ends up on the grass outside the flats.”
The resident said one of the men in the van was dressed all in black with a high visibility vest.
He said: “The black guy shouts ‘get the car started!’ He runs down and jumps in the van and they rush off.
“I thought the guy had been punched, He was shouting ‘help me! help me!’, bellowing it out, screaming.”
Sussex Police confirmed the man had what was believed to be acid poured over his face and hands.
The resident added that people from nearby flats came running to the aid of the victim and that some poured water on him in an attempt to wash the acid away.
He added: “He was shouting ‘I’m blind! I’m blind! I can’t see!’
“The van sped off and took a right turn.”
The victim was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for treatment and was discharged on Wednesday morning.
Witnesses are asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 1329 of 08/04.