2006_05_21_phantom.jpg When Gothamist was wee we learned a basic fact of life from Lon Chaney: acid on the face is not a good idea.

This lesson came back to us when we heard that "a man was killed in a gruesome attack yesterday after someone threw a caustic substance on him and melted his face in the Bronx, police sources said."

The attacked man (his name is being withheld pending family notification) was sitting yesterday morning in his car outside of a fried chicken restaurant he owns when his assailant came and threw a substance at him around 10 AM. "The man stumbled out of his car and collapsed a few yards away as he tried to crawl to an open bodega, witnesses said." He was quickly taken to Harlem Hospital where he was declared dead.

The motive for the attack is still unclear but one neighbor told 1010 Wins that the man had recently had some family issues after he returned to his native Afghanistan and taken a new wife, much to the chagrin of his current wife and their son. "He doesn't have any problems, he just has one problem, his son is a problem," said Sayeed Rasul, a former business partner. Developing...