The owner of a Brighton bar has been charged with withholding evidence and intimidating witnesses after a patron nearly died at the bar in May.
John Rogaris, owner of Roggie’s Brew and Grille, has also been arraigned for allegedly misleading investigators, according a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
“These are extremely serious charges. The victim and his family are lucky he’s alive,” District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
According to prosecutors, the victim, a 20-year-old man from Ireland, fell down a flight of stairs at the bar on May 23. Rogaris was notified by the bar manager after an employee found the man around closing time.
Rogaris allegedly told employees to bring the victim to the building’s rear parking lot and call 911. But the police were never called, until a passerby discovered the man on the ground about 30 minutes later and made the call. The victim arrived at the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and has no memory of the incident today, according to the DA.
During the investigation, Rogaris reportedly told detectives that his bar’s surveillance system had failed to capture any relevant video. Police received a search warrant for the machines, and police said they found video of two people carrying the victim out of the bar, as well as tape of Rogaris messing with the machines’ wiring.
Rogaris also allegedly approached a witness and promised to give him money if the witness took the blame.
He will return to court on August 14.