The Metropolitan Police is currently on a manhunt for a “significantly injured” individual believed to be responsible for a chemical attack in Clapham, south London. The attack left a young girl and her mother with potentially life-changing injuries after a corrosive substance was thrown at them.
The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Abdul Ezedi, and the police have released an image of his last-known sighting on Caledonian Road in Islington, north London. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening on Lessar Avenue, near Clapham Common, a residential area in south London.
According to reports, a man pushed a three-year-old girl to the ground and threw an alkaline substance at her, her eight-year-old sister, and their 31-year-old mother. The woman and the three-year-old girl sustained potentially life-changing injuries as a result of the attack.
The Metropolitan Police have stated that the suspect is believed to be known to the victims, although they have not provided further details. Superintendent Gabriel Cameron described the individual as dangerous and emphasized the urgent need to locate him. The police are treating the incident as a targeted attack.
The last confirmed sighting of Abdul Ezedi was in Tesco on Caledonian Road, N1 at 8.48pm last night.
If you see Ezedi, call 999 immediately. He should NOT be approached.
If you have information as to his whereabouts call 0207 175 2784https://t.co/qQq1MXYXes
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) February 1, 2024
Abdul Ezedi, who was convicted of a sexual offense in 2018, is also understood to have been granted asylum after two failed attempts. The police are collaborating with Northumbria Police, as there is a possibility that Ezedi may be heading to Newcastle.
Following the attack, the suspect fled the scene on foot after crashing into a stationary vehicle in his attempt to escape. Three members of the public who tried to assist the family suffered minor chemical burns and received treatment.
Additionally, five police officers who came into contact with the substance were also taken to the hospital, although only the woman and her children remained hospitalized on Thursday.
Shannon Christi, a witness to the incident, recounted how she helped rescue the three-year-old victim after witnessing the man throw the child to the ground. She also described seeing the mother in distress, saying, “I can’t see.”
We are now naming the man we want to speak in regards to the corrosive substance attack in Lambeth.
If you see Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, call 999 immediately. He should NOT be approached. pic.twitter.com/F7Ft57NIlW
— Lambeth Police | Central South BCU (@LambethMPS) February 1, 2024
Christi herself experienced tingling sensations on her skin and face after coming into contact with the substance. She expressed shock at the speed at which the incident unfolded.
Metropolitan Police Chief Mark Rowley referred to the attack as “ghastly” and highlighted that incidents involving acids and chemicals are exceedingly rare in the British capital.
The police continue their efforts to locate Abdul Ezedi and have urged anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward. The focus remains on apprehending the suspect to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.