Burbank police and firefighters responded to a residence in the 8400 block of South New England Avenue shortly after 7:00 p.m. Sunday night after receiving a 911 call of a victim with chemical burns.
A Burbank police source said the 43 year-old victim related that he was riding a bicycle southbound on the Cicero Avenue overpass of the Belt Railway tracks near 73rd Street in Bedford Park when an unknown offender in a vehicle threw an unknown liquid on him. The liquid, which police described as a undetermined chemical, caused severe burning to the man’s skin.
The victim continued to ride his bike after being doused with the unknown agent from 73rd and Cicero to the Burbank home of relatives where 911 was called. The victim was transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of his injuries.
According to one of the homeowners, the victim was in great pain when he arrived at the residence. The homeowner speculated that the substance may have been some type of acid but said it did not have an odor to it.
Because of the unknown nature of the chemical, the Burbank Fire Department alerted the Bedford Park Hazardous Materials Unit which assisted in isolating the contamination. Hazmat teams entered the residence in protective clothing and respirators to bag and remove materials contaminated with the undetermined chemical. The homeowner stated that nothing inside the house was damaged.
Due to the location where the incident occurred, Burbank Police turned over the investigation to the Bedford Park Police and Fire Departments.
The victim's condition is not known at this time.
The man's aunt in a statement to the Burbank Beat said "My nephew was seriously injured and my family is devastated. People and their rude remarks only add to the sadness. The family asks for prayers. No rude remarks."