Marine in Tutu Beats Up Disabled Vet Thinking He Was Wearing a Disabled Vet Halloween Costume
Christopher Dabney certainly isn't feeling like one of the few and the proud this morning. The 22-year-old Marine was arrested in Gainesville early this morning while wearing a pink tutu after beating up a man he thought was dressed in a Halloween costume poking fun at disabled veterans.
According to The Gainesville Sun, the incident happened at 2:30 a.m, outside of a Pita Pit restaurant. Dabney spotted 35-year-old Daniel Priotti and just assumed he was wearing a disabled vet costume complete with a wheelchair. He started calling Priotti a fake and hit him twice. The blows were so hard they knocked Priotti out of his wheelchair. Priotti, who is paralyzed from the chest down, was unresponsive for at least ten seconds after the attack.
Pita Pit employees had to jump over the counter to stop the attack, and afterward Dabney attempted to leave.
"As he was leaving I stopped him and said, man, you have to own up to this. You just hit a handicapped person twice. You made him fall over," witness Alejandro Lemoine told The Sun. "Another guy came out -- there were enough people that he didn't get away with it."
Dabney now faces charges of abuse of the disabled.
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