LEESBURG, Va. – Two juveniles were arrested and charged with assaulting a veteran in Virginia Beach over the Fourth of July weekend.
Police said Iraq War Veteran Sean Dutrow was on vacation with his wife and five-month-old daughter when he was attacked by a mob while leaving a beach-side bar with his friend, who is also a veteran, around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Dutrow, who is now recovering at home in Leesburg, has 17 stitches in his forehead and an orbital fracture behind his eye, according to report from WTTG.
“I have an orbital fracture behind my eye,” Dutrow said. “It’s pretty much behind where these stitches are.”
His wife, Kasey, said that she always feared getting “the phone call,” while her husband served in Iraq. She never imaged she would get “the call” while they were on vacation.
“It’s just so vicious what they did. I just keep thinking of him lying in the street and somebody’s stomping and kicking his head. It seems to me they were trying to kill him,” Kasey Dutrow said. “I was driving to the hospital thinking I was going to be a widow. He was lying there with a breathing tube and a brace around his neck.”
WTKR reports that Virginia Beach detectives said that alcohol was a contributing factor to the verbal altercation that turned into a physical assault.
The juveniles were both charged with Malicious Assault and Curfew Violation.
Virginia Beach Police investigators have not released a motive for the attack.