Philadelphia police arrest suspect in hockey fan assault

PHILADELPHIA - Police have arrested one suspect in the beating of a Woodbridge police officer and his friend after the NHL's Winter Classic game in Philadelphia. The victim's attorney says both the restaurant where the assaults took place and the bar where the assailants drank beforehand should also be held accountable in the attack. Dennis Veteri, 32, was arrested for allegedly assaulting Neal Auricchio and his friend, Michael Janocko, outside Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia. The attack on the two Rangers fans was caught on video, which quickly went viral. Officials say Auricchio will need surgery to stabilize broken bones behind his eyes, and Janocko also sustained head injuries in the attack. Ray Gill, an attorney for both victims, says Geno's should have provided security, considering the large crowds in town for the hockey game between the Rangers and the Phildelphia Flyers. Gill says Geno's could face legal action, along with the South Philly Bar and Grill, where Veteri and his friends drank before the fight, purportedly running up a bar of $250. Police are still searching for the other suspects seen in the video.

Auricchio will be attending the Rangers' Feb. 27 game against the Devils as a guest of Rangers head coach John Tortorella.

Philly police still searching for men who attacked Woodbridge cop VIDEO: Off-duty Woodbridge cop, friend attacked by Flyers fans

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

From left to right: New Jersey State Trooper 1 New Jersey state troopers help deliver baby on I-287
The Pascack Valley High School girls lacrosse team 2 HS lacrosse team 'adopts' 8-year-old fighting brain cancer
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 3 New Jersey Weather Forecast
Sea Cliff's Troy Ramey was voted off 'The 4 Elisa's Entertainment for 4/26
An Amtrak power problem in one of the 5 More headaches for LIRR riders after Amtrak power problem

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.