Victim Badly Burned, Blind After Chemical Attack

SMYRNA, Tenn. - Officials with the Smyrna Police Department have asked for the public’s help finding a suspect who attacked a man with a powerful liquid chemical.

Reports stated the attack happened on April 5 at the victim’s home on Hendricks Hill Drive.

The victim, Christopher Phiouthong, was attacked inside his home. The suspect reportedly forced entry into the house and threw the liquid chemical on the victim.

"I heard someone screaming help, help like repeatedly and I was like what is that noise. So I muted my TV. They kept saying it and then I called the police," resident Myra Caver said.

Phiouthong received serious burns to more than 51 percent of his body. He was also rendered permanently blind.

Friends said the 27-year-old was an active youth leader at a church with the Salvation Army. 

"We’re praying for his recovery. We just really want the community to know he’s an amazing youth leader and very passionate about the younger generation knowing the Lord and he lives his life to inspire others," Lt. Alyssa Irvin with the Salvation Army said.

"My prayers go out to him, my prayers go out to his family. I know he'll probably never get back to 100% but I hope he can still have a happy life," resident Travis Brown said. 

The victim was last listed in critical condition and has had several surgeries with more planned.

GoFund Me account has been set up to help with medical expenses.

Anyone with information on the suspect responsible has been urged to call Detective Allan Nabours with the Smyrna Police Department at 615-267-5434.

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