Police: Iraq War veteran attacked at Virginia Beach; 2 juveniles arrested
Virgina Beach (WTTG)-Police in Virginia Beach have arrested two juveniles and charged them in the savage beating of Iraq War veteran Sean Dutrow over the 4th of July weekend.
Dutrow is now recovering at home in Leesburg.
"I have an orbital fracture behind my eye," Dutrow told us from a park bench near his home Wednesday. "It's pretty much behind where these stitches are."
He has 17 stitches in his forehead.
"I guess they just went straight for the head because the rest of me is fine,” he says.
Dutrow was on vacation with his wife Kasey, their 5-month-old daughter Sophie and some friends. He was attacked early Sunday morning leaving a beachside bar with a friend who had deployed to Iraq with him.
"He got ahead of me and it was about the time the bar was closing down," Sean says, "and when he turned around, I wasn't anywhere to be seen, so he came back and turned the corner and that's when he saw me on the ground and there were people all around me."
Dutrow was rushed to the emergency room.
"I was driving to the hospital thinking I was going to be a widow," Kasey Dutrow told us. "He was lying there with a breathing tube and a brace around his neck. Pretty scary."
Sean says he remembers nothing of the attack -- just waking up in the hospital.
"It's just so vicious what they did," Kasey says. "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."
"It was just supposed to be a fun time with family and friends," Sean adds. "It was Sophie's first time at the beach."
"While he was (in Iraq), that was my biggest fear," Kasey explains. "Getting a phone call. But you're not expecting to get it while you're on vacation."
If Virginia Beach police investigators know what motivated the attack, they are not saying.