The preliminary hearing for Dennis Veteri, the man accused of taking part in an attack on two Rangers fans outside Geno's Steaks this month, was continued today.

Veteri's attorney Michael DeFino requested time to conduct further investigation. His client is charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection to the Jan. 2 brawl.

Veteri, 32, of Glassboro, N.J., is allegedly shown on cell phone video posted to YouTube punching Neal Aurrichio, an Iraq war veteran and police officer in Woodbridge, N.J., following the Winter Classic between the Flyers and New York Rangers. During the attack, another man wearing a Rangers jersey stepped in to help Aurrichio and several men turned and began assaulting him. Once Aurrichio got to his feet, Veteri is allegedly shown delivering a violent blow to the face, which knocked Aurrichio unconscious.

Aurrichio's injuries will require reconstructive surgery on his face, authorities said.

 

The video shows at least two other men punching and kicking Aurrichio and the second victim. Police have not made any other arrests. The video has added fuel to the negative perception about Philadelphia sports fans.

Veteri, 32, is free on bail. His next scheduled court date is March 22.

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