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Home invasion, acid attack leaves Smyrna man hospitalized

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) - A Smyrna man is in the hospital with burns all over his body after a home invasion where someone poured acid on him.  

There are still a lot of unanswered questions.  

As you can imagine, folks in that neighborhood are on edge not knowing if there is a random attacker on the loose.  

In the Summer Ridge subdivision in Smyrna, residents say not much goes on around there.  

"It appears to be a very quiet neighborhood," neighbor Clarence Crawley said.  "Very low crime; low crime to no crime."  

But last Thursday they were shocked to find out one of their neighbors had been brutally attacked.  

"It's very horrific," Crawley said.  "Hopefully it's something the police detectives and police department is working to solve at this very moment."  

The victim, Christopher Phiouthong, was attacked while he was in the shower after someone broke into the home.  

Family members said his attacker used an extremely corrosive acid which resulted in deep burns to over 60 percent of his body, complete facial disfigurement, and permanent loss of vision in both eyes. 

 "A young man is suffering right now because of what someone did to him," Crawley said.  

Crawley has only lived in the neighborhood for two months.    

He and other neighbors want answers.  

"People are wanting to know what happened," he said.  "Was this young man targeted? Was it random? Is a guy going around throwing acid on people, breaking into people's houses?   

Phiouthong is a youth leader at a church at the Salvation Army South Campus in Nashville.    

His pastor, Lt. Alyssa Irvin, is wondering who could commit such a horrible crime.  

"When you hear it, it's almost unbelievable because it is so evil and so cruel to do to another person," Irvin said.  

His parents are officers with the Salvation Army in Thailand.    

His mom is now by his side as he recovers.   

"We have no idea who would want to do such a horrible thing to a good person," Irvin said.  "Chris loved the Lord and his life's mission was to teach children about Jesus."  

Phiouthong has undergone surgery, according to family members, but has many more to come.  

If you have any information that could be helpful to police in capturing the suspect or suspects call Smyrna Police Detective Alan Nabours (615) 267-5434.   

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Phiouthong to help pay medical bills. He apparently didn't have insurance.   

Click here if you would like to donate. 


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