(ELMONT, N.Y.) - One year after student resident Nafiah Ikram was the victim of a horrific acid attack in the driveway of her Elmont home, her assailant remains at large, and her case remains unsolved.
At her family’s Elmont home on Thursday, March 17, Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D - Lawrence) joined her family and the community in urging anyone with information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of her attacker to immediately come forward to police.
Nafiah was assaulted on the evening of Wednesday, March 17, 2022. According to Nassau County Police Department officials, Nafiah was walking on the driveway of her Arlington Avenue residence when was approached from behind by an unknown male. The suspect was carrying a white colored cup containing a dark colored substance which he then threw at the victim’s face. The suspect, who is described as approximately 6’2” tall, skinny build, wearing a black colored sweatshirt with a hood and wearing gloves, fled eastbound on Arlington Avenue in a 2013-15 Nissan Altima.
According to a GoFundMe page (warning - graphic, distressing images), Nafiah sustained severe burns to her face, eyes, chest, arms and lungs and was hospitalized for several weeks. She is continuing to undergo numerous treatments for the injuries that were inflicted upon her. All the while, she has continued her studies at Hofstra University and has been a courageous beacon of perseverance and grace.
“Nafiah is such an example for me of someone who has prevailed in a very difficult situation, and I respect her highly. She is the most beautiful person I know,” Legislator Solages said. “I am asking for the perpetrator who committed this heinous act to turn yourself in. I truly believe that what is done in the darkness will come to light. You have put a tremendous amount of pain in the lives of this family, and I am asking anybody who knows anything about this to do the right thing and help us achieve justice for Nafiah and her family.”
Nassau County Crime Stoppers and the FBI are offering a $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Nafiah’s attacker. Anyone with information is urged to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or the FBI at tips.fbi.gov or 1-800-225-5325 (1-800-CALL-FBI).