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Exclusive: Rangers Fan Beaten By Flyers Fans Speaks Out

By Paul Kurtz and Robin Rieger

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are still hoping a video will help lead them to three men who beat up a pair of New York Rangers fans in South Philadelphia after Monday’s “Winter Classic” hockey game.

The incident took place outside Geno’s Steaks, at 9th and Passyunk, and was caught on video (see previous story).

The video shows three Flyers’ fans attacking two men wearing Rangers jerseys after witnesses say the Flyers fans paid a man washing windows to spray the New Yorkers.

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One of the victims was knocked to the ground unconscious. He has been identified as 30-year-old Neil Auricchio, a Woodbridge, N.J. police officer and decorated Iraq war veteran.

“He just said that he was trying to calm things down,” says Woodbridge mayor John McCormack, a friend of the family. “You can hear him on the video saying, ‘Calm down.’ I mean, he’s trained, he’s disciplined. He’s a cop and a war veteran. That’s a certain level of discipline that most people don’t have. So he said he was just minding his own business and people were provoking him, then they attacked him.”

Auricchio, who was hospitalized with a concussion and eye injuries, spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News. Police say when they got to Geno’s, the Flyers fans apparently paid a man washing car windows to spray Auricchioand his friend. Then the fight began.

“I have blurry vision in my left eye, it was completely swollen shut initially, it’s getting better. I’m waiting for the results on my cat scan currently,” said Auricchio.

He became a cop about four years ago, after serving two terms in Iraq, where he earned a Purple Heart after being shot in the leg.

“I just want to see them suffer criminally for what they did,” he said.

Police are asking anyone who can identify the attackers to come forward.

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  • Joseph

    THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR PHILADELPHIA! Those guys are COWARDS. What they did to a guy that was down and how others jumped in kicking and striking this person (a vet) is digusting. And if anyone is proud of them are s i c k.

  • Char

    This is Digusting and Embarassing!!! I really hope that they make an example out of them….punish them to the fullest extent of the law! MAYBE then people MIGHT way the consequences of their actions! and then just MAYBE this ridiculous, barbaric behavior will stop!!!

  • Chas Joe

    Unfortunately this is tyupical for PHilly fans! And our Philly fans wonder why other areas fo the country don’t respect you. too many thugs with too much liquore in their blood. Thats why I will not wear my NY twams caps or units, too many idiots in Philly sports venues and pre or post game around the ballpark, areana or stadium.

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