Suspect In Beating Of Rangers Fan After Winter Classic Hockey Game Surrenders

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police in Philadelphia have made an arrest in a brutal videotaped beating of a New York Rangers fan after the NHL’s Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

The police were quick to point out cell phone video was key in apprehending the suspects. One man has been arrested and police said the search is still on for two or possibly three more people, reports CBS 2’s Chris Wragge.

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“I don’t remember anything.” That’s what Iraq War veteran and Woodbridge, N.J., police officer Neal Auricchio told CBS 2’s Dana Tyler last week. Police say Auricchio was pummeled by 32-year-old Dennis Veteri of Glassboro, N.J., outside Geno’s, a popular South Philadelphia cheesesteak shop.

“He is no stranger to law enforcement. He has quite a few priors in both the commonwealth and in other states,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Larry Nodiff said of the suspect.

When CBS 2 spoke with the victim last week Auricchio could not appear on camera because he needed more than 50 stitches to his face and his eye was swollen shut. However, he did say, “I would just like to see them step forward and pay criminally for what they did.”

Veteri is charges with aggravated assault, simple assault, conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person.

“The instigator was clearly Veteri. The first punches were thrown by Veteri and his associates,” Capt. Nodiff said.

Veteri was arraigned at 2 a.m. Friday and his bail was set at $100,000, which he posted. Veteri is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 31.

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  1. Alex says:

    THIS STORY IS SO HYPED BY LAW-ENFORCEMENT ITS SICKENING. AURIACHI IS AN EMBARASSMENT TO THE MARINES, AN EMBARASSMENT TO THE COPS AND AND EMBARASSMENT TO RANGERS FANS. HE WAS DRINKING AND PARADING AROUND S.PHILLY IN A RANGERS JERSEY 1-HR AFTER THEY BEAT THE FLYERS. HIS MILITARY & COP TRAINING TURNED INTO AN EPIC-FAIL. RATHER THAN DIFFUSING THE SITUATION, HE ESCALATED IT — AND IN DOING SO GOT THE BEATDOWN HE ASKED FOR.

    NOW THEY QUADRUPLE THE BAIL ON THE GUY WHO WON THE FIGHT? THIS IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE LOSE RESPECT FOR COPS — WHEN THE PROVERBIAL SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT THEY CHANGE THE RULES.

    I’M SORRY BUT PURPLE-HEART COP HAD IT COMING TO HIM. THE D.A. AND THE JUDGE IN THE CASE NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION AND ABUSE OF POSITION — THE REAL CRIME HERE IS HOW THEY ARE RAIL-ROADING THIS FATHER OF 3 FROM N.J. AS THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB.

    PURPLE HEART COP CHANGES HIS STORY EVERY WEEK. FIRST HE CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED, THEN THE FLYERS-FAN PAID A HOMELESS MAN TO START THE FIGHT, NOW THE FLYERS FAN SPIT IN HIS HAT AND IT WAS A 4 ON 1 THAT BLINDSIDED PURPLE HEART COP. HIS MEDICAL CONDITIONS KEEP CHANGING TO. ITS SAD BUT YOU CANNOT TRUST THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY LIE AND HYPE AND EXEGERATE AND CHANGE THE RULES TO FIT THEIR OWN AGENDA. THEIR IS NO JUSTICE — ONLY CORRUPT COPS WITH BADGES FLEECING THE TAXPAYER.

    WATCH THE VIDEO — EVEN HIS OWN FRIENDS DON’T THINK PURPLE HEART COP IS WORTH DEFENDING — THEY JUST STAND THERE AND WACHT THE BEATDOWN. AND WHAT ABOUT THE VIDEO-FOOTAGE BEFORE AND AFTER? AUDIO? PURPLE-HEART COPS BLOOD-ALCOHOL LEVEL? PURPLE HEART COP WAS THE INSTIGATOR — AND SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN PARADING AROUND SOUTH PHILLY IN A RANGERS SHIRT — THAT IS ASKING FOR TROUBLE — WHICH HE GOT.

    IT WAS A STREET FIGHT AND PURPLE HEART COP LOST — SO THEY TURN IT INTO ASSAULT. IF IT WASN’T PURPLE HEART COP GETTING HIS ASS-KICKED NO ONE WOULD CARE. THE HYPOCRISY IS WORSE THAN THE BEATING ITSELF.

    THEY HAVE BLOWN THIS STORY WAY OUT OF PROPORTION — THE MORE PURPLE HEART COP TALKS THE WORSE IT GETS — HE SHOULD KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT BECAUSE HE JUST DIGS HIMSELF DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO EMBARASSING THE MARINES AND THE COPS. SPIN IT ALL YOU WANT THE FACTS REMAIN — PURPLE HEART COP ASKED FOR A BEATDOWN AND HE GOT A BEATDOWN.

    SHAME ON PURPLE-HEART COP

    SHAME ON THE D.A.

    SHAME ON THE JUDGE

    AMERICAN LAW-ENFORCMENT — MORE CORRUPT THAN EVER.

  2. Renp505 says:

    This video doesn’t prove Veteri as the starter…I saw a Flyer fan punch someone and then a Rangers fan sneaking that same Flyers fan which then led to an all out brawl that no one wanted to end. How about they all get arrested for disturbing the peace??!?!?!?! Seems the Rangers fans weren’t all that quiet or innocent. Animals at least act like this because the need to eat!

  3. Renp505 says:

    This is why this type of nonsense will never go away – comments that have absolutely nothing to do with what happened. What does his race have to do with anything? I am against violence especially ones that involve unfair fights over idiotic things but when you add ALCOHOL to the mix this is what happens! I feel bad for the victim but I hate to point out that if this victim was NOT a cop and this VIDEO was not reported to the news, this wouldn’t even have been reported because this happens all the time! This cop got his butt kicked and sure there were uneven numbers but who is to say that the perp even knew that his friends decided to jump in?!?! Again….ALCOHOL. You put a bunch of drunken people around each other and this is what happens. I am no one to say what this kid deserves and neither are any of you and especially since no one really knows what happened beofre the recording began. How do you know that words weren’t exchanged? How do you know that this cop prob underestimated this perp and thought this Dennis wasn’t going to do anything and got a horrible surprise? This is disgusting and not for nothing but I will point out that if this victim had NOT been a cop or war veteran, we would not hear about this. It’s humiliating and quite frankly barbaric but this is what happens when people don’t think rationally.

  4. DanTe says:

    Another guinea pig that’s brave when his group out numbers the victims. Why haven’t we shipped these guineas back to the PIGS for welfare fraud yet?

  5. Tim Jonas says:

    This is what real Philadelphians refer to as a jit bag…

  6. Amtracmarine says:

    One of the saddist things about this story is that everyone involved was from NJ. My son who is a Jets fan went to Rowan College in that part of NJ and the people that live there love the Philly teams and hate anything to do with NY/NJ teams.

  7. Lala Land says:

    This goonlooking guy’s punishment should be to attend the Knicks games live
    for the next six years.

  8. Bud Selig says:

    Hockey is a loser sport with dirtbag fans

  9. sid says:

    Look at that blank look on his face. You can tell he does not have a brain in his head. GOON.His defense should be mental retardation.

  10. thor's hammer says:

    let’s get this straight. dude commits felonious assault on new year’s day and 12 days later gets “religion” and turns himself in. bet he was trying to have his system clear itself of multiple illegal substances. there goes your “diminished capacity defense” dufus. where’ he get the $100,000 to post bail, hmmmmmm. the proper punishment in this case is to put him in 4 point restraints in a frame resembling a hockey net. then let the victim, his friends and family take unlimited penalty shots or better yet, “dope slap” shots at “he who got religion and turned himself in 12 days later”. what an idiot! hope you’re banned for life from all sports arenas. you should do jail time and pay the medical expenses. heck if you could drop 100G bail, the hospital and rehab expenses of the victim shouldn’t be a problem. somewhere (another) village is not missing its idiot.. justice for the victim!

  11. gotgot says:

    Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Get beat up by cops because they are all in the same gang. Contemplate changing your life.

  12. Big Nard says:

    This clown looks like an A Rab to me.

  13. johnny bo says:

    Wow a guy give another guy an honest beating an you want him to go to jail? They fight like that in NHL Hockey Games all the time and no one goes to jail!

    Shrug it off to you got your butt whipped and your Ranger buddies weren’t jumping in to help you.

    1. Emi Rentals says:

      If it was 2on 2. I would absolutely agree with you. It was 3 on 2. Those extra 2 hands are the difference between a fair fight and a jail sentence.

      1. Emi Rentals says:

        Actually 4 on 2 now that i have seen the video again. Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos could face the same 4 Philly fans and still be at a disadvantage. Flurry of cheap shots is what it amounts to.

    2. pooky says:

      Typical philly moron. You guys deserve the reputation you have. Da DA Da. Your city should just dry up and blow away

      1. Amtracmarine says:

        They weren’t from Philly…… this time. Everyone involved was from NJ. I do have to question the thinking of wearing the NY jersey to a So. Philly eating joint after the NY team just beat Philly. Oh, I know that they had the right to wear whatever they wanted but was it a wise choice?? Sometimes just because you can do something doesn’t always mean you should. Sorta like being smart enough not to take out an I-Pad on a NYSubway late at nightYou should be ble to but is it the prudent thing to do???.

  14. HP says:

    Imagine the Woodbridge cop was armed; I bet there would be at least two dead Flyers idiots in Philly.

  15. Dan Te says:

    So which team won?

  16. CT Native says:

    Idiot deserves 10 years in the penaly box….er, state prison.

    1. Rich says:

      He’s lucky the victim didn’t have his gun on him. If he did he should have whipped it out and emptied the clip on the idiiots beating on him and his friend. I know I would have and wouldn’t have stopped until hearing the click ofan empty clip.

    2. Alex says:

      The real idiot is a soldier & cop who betrays his training by acting as agent-provocateur, then escalates rather than diffuses the very conflict he instigated.

  17. LOLATDennisVeteri says:

    Jersey bully pummels an off duty Jersey cop will have a blessed time in Jersey prison. Karma is too awesome sometimes.

    1. LOLATDennisVeteri says:

      Oh, crap, he’s going to a PA prison, isn’t he?

      1. gotgot says:

        I do not think that is going to save him…they are all in cahoots

  18. BleacherCreature26 says:

    “Veteri posted bail and has been released.”

    this is a fundamental problem in our society. if you have the money to pay bail, you get released? makes absolutely no sense. This guy nearly beat a man to death – he should be charged with criminal assault and/or attempted murder. given that he also has an extensive criminal background, veteri should serve a minimum 5 years.

  19. DaEmph says:

    Stupid white Italian, over a dumb game of hockey? LOL…..enjoy prison IDIOT!!!

    1. Fred says:

      are you sure he is of Italian origin?

      1. time for ur beaten says:

        There is now a job opening at 7-11 bye bye habib enjoy prison.

        1. Amtracmarine says:

          Sorry TFUB,he’s Italian. A dumb So.Jersey Italian at that..

  20. mg125 says:

    philly cops / corrections – please beat this guy’s a**

  21. brooklyn4ever says:

    I thought it would have been a Philthydelphian, but I guess losers come from all over. Hope his mother is proud of him.

  22. Commish Kelly says:

    I was wondering if the Ranger fan(s) had done anything to instigate the violence, but sounds like they purely were the victimes.

    1. nrichard says:

      WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD IT MAKE – THEY BEAT HIM NEARLY TO DEATH – I DON’T CARE WHO SAID/CAUSED WHAT – THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS NEANDERTHAL BEHAVIOR – NONE!

      1. Meme Meyagi says:

        Must u type in caps? Go away

    2. Lou says:

      It all started with them paying a guy to spray him and his friend w/ cleaning solution. I’d get upset to if someone did something like that to me while I was just waiting on-line for a cheesesteak.

      No matter what he (the officer) said after that, nothing justifies this moron throwing the first punch and then proceeding to issue a 4-on-2 beating of the poor guy and his friend.

      As a side note, this is what you get for going to Geno’s. Next time cross the street and go to Pat’s.

  23. Mikeybrooklyn says:

    Instead of a jersey being pulled over his head, it will be his T-shirt that will be getting the brunt of the punches!

  24. Simon Bar Sinister says:

    ugly guido retards….looks like a middle eastern terrorist…

    1. fred says:

      are all terriosts from the Middle East?

      1. major says:

        Fred, stop trying to apply logic.

      2. Owenay says:

        Nope, just the overwhelming majority of them…

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