Police search for couple for throwing chemical at social worker

An employee suffered burned arms Wednesday when someone threw a caustic chemical at her at the Department of Children and Family Services office in Santa Fe Springs.

The attack was reported about 4:25 p.m. at the office at 10355 Slusher Drive, according to Lt. Bryan Ellis of the Whittier Police Department, which patrols Santa Fe Springs.

Two suspects, a male and a female, approached the victim in a parking lot and without provocation threw the chemical at the woman and fled the scene before police arrived, police said.

The woman ran into a bathroom to wash the substance from her arms while someone else called police, according to Ellis.

She suffered moderate burns to her arms and was taken to a hospital where she was being treated, police said.

Detailed descriptions of the suspects were not made available. The female had a pony tail and both fled in a blue or gray sedan, police said. Investigators were checking for possible video at nearby businesses and interviewing witnesses in an attempt to identify the culprits, Ellis said.

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