A minicab driver is fighting to keep his sight after being sprayed in the face with acid in a “vicious” early morning carjacking.
The 63-year-old driver was attacked next to his silver Toyota Avensis on a road in Enfield early on Saturday 7 July.
Two men are thought to have flagged down his car and when he got out to confront them, they approached and sprayed the noxious substance in his face. The men then grabbed his car keys and drove off.
Neighbour Michael Nash, 73, said he was woken by flashing blue lights as police arrived to treat the victim. He told the Evening Standard: “The police were pouring gallons of water over him from a big container. Then two fire engines turned up and more police vans and an ambulance. I could see police running around the park looking for them afterwards but they were gone.”
The victim was taken to an east London hospital where he remained with eye injuries that police say are believed to be life-changing.
Detectives have appealed for witnesses to the attack at 2am on 7 July and released details of the Toyota Avensis, registration BG58 LZK.
DC James Rush, from Enfield Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a vicious robbery all the more appalling because of the brazen use of a strong chemical to rob the victim. I would ask for anyone who was in Albany Park area at the time of this incident to contact police.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.