A vet wounded in Afghanistan said he was attacked in front of his family's home. He said what appeared to be five high school boys started hitting and punching him, while he tried to fight them off. For his family's safety, the man said he's hoping the police can catch the five teens he's seen before.
For the Dicillo family of Clarksville, summer afternoons are all about popsicles on front steps with daughter Annabelle and waiting for little Alexander Thomas to take his first steps.
"I think parents need to be more involved with their children," said dad Kyle Dicillo, watching his children and wife, Brittany, playing in the yard. "The military's helped me realize how important every second you have with your children and wife and everything."
Last year, Dicillo said he was deployed to Afghanistan with Fort Campbell when his vehicle was t-boned by a pick-up truck that exploded.
"I had my teeth knocked out," he said. "My hearing's gone, partially gone."
Working through traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder, Dicillo's family was there for him through it all. His neighborhood, he said, he can no longer trust.
"We should be coming home to feel like you can leave your doors unlocked," he said.
Dicillo said he was taking out the trash on Broadmore Drive Tuesday morning around 3:30 when he was approached by what looked like five high school boys.
"I said good morning to them," Dicillo said. "Next thing I know, I was getting hit. Someone tried to stab me there, and they cut my shirt down. Couldn't tell if it was a knife or what."
After a minute or two, Dicillo said he was able to fight the teens away, leaving him wondering why he was suddenly targeted by five teens he's seen hanging around the corner of Broadmore and Roedeer.
"He has a family," said Brittany Dicillo. "He's gone through a lot. You don't know what these people are going through when you mess with them."
With police looking into the case, Dicillo said another reason why this family time is so vital is to make sure his children know never to harm anyone.
"People are being put in harm's way because of this," said Brittany Dicillo. "They think they'll get away with it, and it's not right."
Dicillo said what he was able to make out in the attack was four black teens and one white teen, all boys. He said the white teen had curly blonde hair, and one of the other teens had a flat-top haircut. Again, he said he's seen the five teens hanging around the corner of Broadmore and Roedeer and last saw them running down Roedeer. If you have any information, contact Clarksville Police.
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