DA to seek higher bail on man accused of beating Rangers fans
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office plans to ask a judge to increase bail for one of the men accused of beating two Rangers fans following the Winter Classic.
Dennis Veteri, 32, was freed on $100,000 bail Friday after being arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, conspiracy and recklessly endangering another person. Authorities said Veteri was one of at least three men involved in the attack on two Rangers fans outside Geno’s Steaks on Jan. 2.
Video of the assault posted on YouTube allegedly shows Veteri and other men in Flyers jerseys punching and kicking the victims – both wearing Rangers jerseys – while they were lying on the ground. One victim then got up and started to back away when Veteri allegedly punched him in the face, knocking him unconscious.
Veteri, of Glassboro, N.J., is no stranger to the law. Online court records show he was convicted on drug charges last year and in 2003, and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 1998.
Prosecutors will request a bail hearing increase tomorrow. Veteri is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 31. Authorities are still looking for at least two other suspects.