Zhanna Smsarian Accused Of Trying To Blind High School Classmate With Acid
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 16-year-old Brooklyn girl is accused of attempting a horrific attack on a classmate at Fort Hamilton High School.
According to prosecutors, Zhanna Smsarian admitted she wanted to burn 15-year-old Albina Eshimbaeva’s eyes out with acid.
Smsarian was arraigned Thursday in Brookyln Criminal Court on first-degree attempted assault charges.
The attack took place during their chemistry class. Fortunately, the hydrochloric acid Smsarian allegedly poured over Eshimbaeva’s head was diluted.
Eshimbaeva suffered only minor burns.
Eshimbaeva described the attack to CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez.
“My forehead was burning, really hot… . It caught my eye because I was rubbing it all over my face,” Eshimbaeva said.
A quick-thinking teacher immediately flushed Eshimbaeva’s face with water, averting more serious injuries.
The two were friends up until a few weeks ago when they had a falling out over a boy.
Smsarian’s neighbor Galina Stakhnva says she can’t believe the allegations.
“She’s very good girl… she’s quiet. She’s nice,” Stakhnva said.
Eshimbaeva is concerned that Smsarian is out on $7,500 bail, even though Smsarian has been ordered to not contact her.
“I am afraid of what she’s capable of doing next,” Eshimbaeva said.
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