Bar owner John Rogaris appeared in court Wednesday, charged with destroying evidence, intimidating a witness and lying to police.
Police say in May, Rogaris ordered his manager at Roggie's Bar in Brighton to pick up a young man found unconscious at the bottom of a staircase, move him to the back parking lot and call 911.
Police say the manager and other employees carried the man outside the bar but did not call 911.
The victim, Dylan Fitzgibbon, was later found by a passerby who called authorities.
“He had a very, very bad brain injury, a very, very bad neck injury. In the future he will be having significant surgery,” Fitzgibbon’s attorney Bill Dailey said.
During the investigation Police say Rogaris repeatedly claimed there was nothing to see on his surveillance video. However, police say after they seized the video with a search warrant they found plenty of evidence.
“Video of two people carrying out an unconscious person through the back door at approximately 2:34 a.m. Other surveillance video also shows the defendant at the back of the DVR machines manipulating wires at other dates. The defendant visited a witness in this case and promised him he would support him financially if he took the fall,” prosecuting attorney David Bradley said.
Fitzgibbon, a student intern from Ireland, was 20-years-old at the time. Authorities say he'd been drinking at the bar and had apparently fallen down the stairs.
He now wears a protective helmet because of his brain injuries.
Rogaris hasn’t commented publicly but his attorneys say his record is spotless.
“The allegations in the indictment are just that, they’re allegations, they’re proof of nothing, but we look forward to defending Mr. Rogaris in this matter,” defense attorney Alan Rose said.
Thursday, August 21 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:56:56 GMT
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