At about 2:00 AM on Friday, May 23, 2014, officers from District D-14 (Brighton) responded to a radio call to assist a person who was believed to have been assaulted in the area of 354 Chestnut Hill Ave in Brighton. On arrival, officers located an unconscious male, believed to be in his early twenties, in the rear of the above-mentioned location. The victim appeared to be suffering from head trauma and was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
After an exhaustive and thorough investigation by District D-14 (Brighton) detectives and prosecutors from the District Attorney's Office, a Suffolk County Grand Jury returned an indictment today against John Rogaris, owner of Roggie's Bar located at 356 Chestnut Hill Ave. in Brighton. The indictment charges Rogaris with one count of Destroying Evidence, one count of Witness Intimidation, and two counts of Lying to Police. Charges were brought after detectives learned of events through witness interviews and video surveillance recovered from inside the bar. The facts emerging from the investigation indicate that the victim suffered a life threatening injury while inside the establishment and was subsequently carried outside. During the investigation, Rogaris destroyed potential evidence, instructed employees not to cooperate with investigators, and was untruthful in his statements to detectives. Rogaris is scheduled to be arraigned on July 9, 2014 in Suffolk Superior Court. Roggies Bar remains closed pending the outcome of this case.