According to a report yesterday by the NY Post, authorities have apprehended a New Jersey man in connection with the beating of a New York Rangers fan and ex-Marine following the Rangers’ 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Winter Classic on Jan. 2.
Dennis Veteri, 32, turned himself into police on Thursday after an arrest warrant was released. He was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple, assault, conspiracy aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. The Glassboro, N.J.-native posted $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 31.
Neal Auricchio Jr., 30, was hospitalized with a concussion after Veteri and another man punched and kicked him into submission, including a blow that left the off-duty cop motionless on the field. The incident was was caught on a tape and posted to the Internet. According to the report, Veteri threw the first punch in the altercation.
Witnesses to the fight, which happened outside Geno’s Steaks, said the men in Flyers jerseys bribed a man washing car windows to squirt Auricchio and other men in Rangers jerseys with water. An argument broke out and Veteri allegedly threw the first punch, unprovoked.
“It is a vicious beating with the conclusion of a knock-down punch, which knocks the police officer unconscious to the ground, upon which he is further assaulted,” Philadelphia Police Captain Lawrence Nodiff said.