Man charged in assault of Rangers fans after Winter Classic
A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the beating of two New York Rangers fans outside Geno's Steaks after the Winter Classic hockey game on Jan. 2.
Dennis Veteri, of Glassboro, was released early Friday after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bail, according to court records. He is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, conspiracy aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, the records show.
Police are looking for other alleged assailants in the beating, which was caught on video and posted online.
Two Rangers fans who were wearing team jerseys were injured in the attack outside the South Philadelphia landmark eatery.
The assault resulted in the hospitalization of Neal Auricchio, an off-duty Woodbridge, N.J., police officer and Iraq war veteran who suffered a concussion and required numerous stitches.
An edited, police-version of the video shows a Flyers fan in a Claude Giroux jersey throwing the first punch.
Veteri's Facebook page lists one of his interests as "Broad Street Bullies." Property records indicate Veteri was originally from S. 13th Street in South Philadelphia.
Court records show he has been sentenced to probation for aggravated assault and drugs possession in Philadelphia in the past.
He was arrested in 2006 in Vero Beach, Fla., for probation of a felony conviction. Records show he lived there at the time.
Veteri was also also has a 2004 arrest in Broward County for heroin possession, as well as a 2001 misdemeanor arrest out of Fort Lauderdale for battery, records show.
He was sentenced to three years under community supervision for the heroin charge.