GAINESVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Every Halloween, one paralyzed veteran wears his uniform without any trouble. This year, however, did not go as well.

U.S. Army veteran Daniel Priotti says he was waiting in line at an area Pita Pit on Thursday when he was attacked, causing him to fall out of his wheelchair.

“I was in line waiting for food, and the next thing I know I’m holding my jaw because it hurt,” Priotti told the Gainesville Sun. “I’m totally shocked that somebody would just come up to me and knock me out.”

According to the paper, Priotti was assaulted by Christopher Dabney, a veteran Marine who was reportedly dressed in a tutu for Halloween.

“Dabney should be stripped of being allowed to be called a Marine,” Priotti said. “This is not something a Marine does – they have more self-control.”

Police arrested Dabney and charged him with abuse of the disabled. The former Marine allegedly thought Priotti was mocking disabled veterans by dressing the way he did for Halloween.

“I could see him saying something to me first – ‘Aw man, that’s messed up being dressed as a disabled veteran’ – and then I could say that I really am a disabled veteran,” Priotti added to the Sun.

Priotti was taken to Shands at the University of Florida for tests, and was released later that night.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

A Florida Gator Leaves School Early For NFL DraftHis size, strength and quickness have NFL scouts projecting him to be an early round pick.
It's a Date | November 2017It's a Date is our monthly calendar created to help you keep up with everything Tampa Bay has to offer!

Listen Live