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Trial ordered for man accused of Winter Classic assault

Mar 22, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT


The New Jersey man accused of assaulting two New York Rangers fans after the Jan. 2 Winter Classic has been ordered to stand trial, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Following a preliminary hearing, Municipal Court Judge Nazario Jimenez Jr. ordered Dennis Veteri, 32, of Glassboro, held on aggravated and simple assault, conspiracy and reckless endangerment in the brawl in which Neal Auricchio Jr., an off-duty Woodbridge, N.J., police officer, was beaten unconscious and seriously injured.

Jimenez heard testimony from Auricchio and friend Michael Janacko, who identified Veteri as among a group of Flyers fans who taunted and then assaulted them as they waited in line for steak sandwiches at Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue.

We probably don’t need to revisit the whole story again, so here are some links if you somehow missed it.

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  1. bcisleman - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Hopefully this creep & his associates go away for a long long long time.

  2. crosberries - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Lock him up and throw away the key along with the rest of philthy

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Good, throw the book at him. Maybe then other would-be idiots will think twice about doing stuff like this.

  4. skimmer0220 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    man oh man does Philly have a bad rep, and it’s 1 out of 47,000 people that attended the game that ruin it all for Philly, well put it this way when Philly lost in game 6 of the 2010 cup finals did we burn our city down? How about beating up fans in the parking lot like in LA? How about getting into fights with our own players?

    hmmmm….let’s see here no, no, and no

    the fact of the matter is this one bozo who thinks he’s invincible and owns the world ruins it for all of Philly I don’t see why all of the fans take the bad rep for this idiot, he deserves the book thrown at him so that he doesn’t give Philly fans any more bad publicity

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      All the fans take the bad rep because this isn’t the first or last time this will happen in Philly.

      • barkar942 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        Unfortunately, stupid stuff like this doesn’t just happen in Philly, it happens wherever stupidity meets too much beer.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        True, but it just seems to happen more in Philly.

      • kellyb9 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        @1943mrmojorisin1971 – That’s completely naive. Search fan fights on youtube and you’ll be able to find any team’s fans fighting. It doesn’t just happen in Philly, and to be honest, I doubt it happens with more regularity in Philly. There’s a guy who went to opening game last year at Dodgers stadium who’s still in the ICU because he happened to be wearing the wrong colors. As it’s basest level, it’s gang warfare, and I don’t think we should point the finger at the fans – rather we should throw the book at the goofballs pictured above.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        I know fans get into fights everywhere but from what I’ve seen it happens a lot in Philly. I don’t know if it seems that way because it gets reported more or what. I do know that I’ve seen hockey, baseball, and football in Philly and the fans are noticeably meaner than most places. Just my thoughts, although it looks like many other people share them.

  5. trigzter - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    guy’s from new jersey. but blame philly right?

  6. Stiller43 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:50 PM


    People dont blame a city, in this case philly, because a city is just buildings and streets and land and can therefore not beat up a person over something as stupid as rooting for someone else.

    People blame the people of philly, because incidents often happen involving them and the fans of the teams who call philly home.

    In this case, yeah, the moron is a philly fan. So once again, people are blaming fans of philly.

  7. philly4lyfe - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Thank you professor science.

  8. kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Speaking as somone who got stuck in the middle of the Vancouver riots last year, there is nothing more cowardly than mob “courage”. What a pathetic chump. Toss the book at any and every person who does this kind of crap.

  9. habsman - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I always wondered what happened to Sergio Momesso after he retired.

    • kitshky - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:41 AM

      Who thumbed that comment down!? Sometimes I truly hate your comments here …but that one is seriously funny as hell, well done son.

  10. jagrbomb18 - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    This doucher seriously loves around the corner from me ….I don’t think this is right by any means AT ALL…I’m just saying if I was at a flyers rangers game after a winter classic or any huge game in NY…I probably wouldn’t wear my jersey around…especially at the spot where stuff like this is most likely to happen…just saying….again I’m glad this guy is caught and he deserves what he gets

  11. farvefromover - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    That dude is only 32?

  12. bdawk20 - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    As a Philly fan, this guy makes me sick. Sometimes the trash takes itself out.

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