Fireside Beating Victim Released from Hospital

The police investigation continues.

Dave Rogers, the Lansdale resident who was during St. Patrick's Day festivities early Sunday, has been released from Abington Memorial Hospital.

Rogers, who on Sunday posted a picture to his Facebook that showed his face badly bloodied and bruised, was discharged from the hospital Monday evening, according to an on-duty nurse at the hospital.

Upper Dublin Police have not yet released official information about the incident as an investigation is ongoing, but detectives did say that police were called to the Fireside at 1:12 a.m. on Sunday. Detectives also told Patch they were speaking with witnesses and reviewing video surveillance from the Fireside to try and identify any suspects involved.

Police said that previous media reports that suggested Rogers was 20 years old were incorrect.

Fireside General Manager Vincent Vusco told Patch that management and employees are cooperating with Upper Dublin Police, and did not want to release further details about the incident because of the ongoing investigation.

However, Vusco did say that he believed security and management worked as quickly as possible to resolve the situation.

"This is an isolated incident and we are shocked and appalled that it occurred, as we are a family restaurant," Vusco said.

A patron who was at the Fireside at the time of the incident and who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Patch that the incident did not cause a commotion, and did not occur in the main bar area. It wasn't until the patron left the bar's bathroom and saw police officers in the kitchen that anything appeared odd, the patron said.

Check back with Patch as we continue to report on this story.

th040 March 21, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I do hope you keep reporting on this, as I would like to see the police follow through with their investigation. Odd how in a bar full of patrons, absolutely no one knows who the perp is. This guy must have been a stealth beater... "Family restaurant" isn't exactly an apt description of this place.
Kyle Bagenstose March 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Don, I appreciate your appreciation. To the unknowing reader, one would picture a bar fight as occurring in the middle of the bar, where many patrons would be witnesses and the suspect would be obvious. By including the account of the patron, who is a credible individual, I was informing the reader that this was not the case, and that some were not aware the incident even took place. If you were there or have additional information or a conflicting account, I encourage you to contact me.
Alexis March 22, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I went there in Jan of 2011 for lunch for the first time and the crowd was very conservative. I was shocked to hear that this happened in this area due to how heavily patrolled it is plus I live nearby in Fort Washington. I hope they figure out who did this!
Ron Hill March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Do family restaurants stay open till 2 am over serving patrons? Do owners of family restaurants allow friends to beat up an intoxicated person that was over served by the family restaurant and let the person go out the front door? If you answered NO to these questions FIRESIDE is not a family restaurant, it is a drunken wopshop bar. And for the morons who said this kid probably deserved it, keep hanging out at fireside. No one deserves that except for the owner and the spineless **ssy that did it. I am 6'8" 295, all i need to do is look at someone i am having a problem with and they usually pee themselves. Cant wait to go into this place and stare down the owner. I hope he brings new boxer shorts.
Zorro March 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Unfortunate incident
Zorro March 22, 2012 at 01:03 PM
My gut feeling, bar serves patron until patron is under the influence of alcohol to the degree that he endangers himself and annoys another person. Surveillance video shows intoxicated patron inappropriately touching and dancing with another patron's wife to the point where husband has to intervene to protect wife. Husband moves intoxicated patron to kitchen area to protect wife and other patrons.
Zorro March 22, 2012 at 01:06 PM
As I said, "Unfortunate incident." Husband may have some problems in future, but Dave Rogers and the Fireside Bar & Grille should not get a pass in this incident.
Ron Hill March 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Zorro, was he protecting his wife by beating him senseless? No, you tell the bouncer to get the annoyingly drunk patron a cab. Either way I see a lawsuit here on the husband and the bar. Typical behavior of a wanna be Ambler thug. Intervene and *ss kicking are 2 different scenarios. You must be friends with the owner.
Ron Hill March 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
One more thing Zorro, why would a patron move another patron to the kitchen? Patrons dont go or belong in a kitchen unless they are friends with the owner. Very fishy, I don't know the victim, but I can tell from his FB page he looks like an average sized adult. His drunken actions may have been inappropriate and tasteless, but again, beating a man senseless is something that is acceptable only in self defense.
Don Wynne March 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
So, Zorro, that's all this was, huh? A poor husband "defending" his wife, grabs Dave by the throat, drags him into the kitchen, past one of the bouncers that he is friends with, and proceeds to spike Dave's head like a football into the ground, where as it was described, "his face exploded." That is in no way defense. That is attempted manslaughter. So, your argument that Dave shouldn't get a free pass in this makes you look a little assinine. You clearly feel like you're protecting your boy here, but the authorities will find him and they will prosecute him to the full extent of the law. And, hopefully, after all is said and done, this terrible bar will be shut down.
what that guy wrote March 22, 2012 at 01:31 PM
@Zorro...we all want to stick up for our friends, but you can't defend these actions. And I would LOVE to know how you've seen the surveillence video??? Doubtful. The dude that did this is a thug coward, and you are sub-human if you defend his behavior. The fact that this guy has not turned himself in yet SCREAMS "GUILTY!" and "SCUMBAG!!!"
Ron Hill March 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Zorro seems to be as uneducated as the late night patrons that get wasted there. This guy works there if he saw the video. Tell you what Zorro, lets meet for lunch today and you can dance with my wife. When I step in we can dance too. I promise you I will make cry and poop yourself and I won't even lay a hand on you. I hope you like to Tango.
Zorro March 22, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Fireside General Manager Vincent Vusco allegedly knows the players and witnessed the simple assault and harassment of the wife by Rogers. Vusco told the press that he believed security and management worked as quickly as possible to resolve the situation. Why did the Fireside continue to serve Rogers and why didn't Vusco intervene when Rogers initiated the incident?
what that guy wrote March 22, 2012 at 02:22 PM
@Zorro .. "Vusco"??? Seriously?!?!?! You just lost all credibility if you don't know that manager's name. If Vince Visco witnessed a man harrassing a woman at his bar (and the wife of one of his friends) why did he not step in. According to manager Vince VISCO, he was not aware anything was happening until the DJ called him to the back of the bar. Hmmm .... you don't know S***, so stop perpetuating this lie that the victim, Dave Rogers, is at all responsible. Thank you. p.s. "Ron Hill", if you are 6' 8", 295lbs I have a 12" d**k and I would LOVE to dance with you.
Zorro March 22, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Lots of rumors out there, just saying an unfortunate incident in which all the young people involved and an establishment with a good rep get hurt. Law enforcement will put the puzzle together and take the appropriate actions.
Zorro March 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Guys, don't personally know anyone involved in the incident, just in a position to hear some of the behind the scenes stuff. Would never defend a person responsible for committing a violent crime. There seems to have been alot of stops along the way where the incident could have been stopped before escalating. I've got a feeling that the husband will be arrested this morning.
Ron Hill March 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Because management carrs about $$$ and not the well being of others
Don Wynne March 22, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Thank the Lord almighty... It's about time the police stop holding their d**ks and make an arrest, as it is clear that people do actually know who this "husband" is...
Zorro March 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Ron Hill. I agree with the anticipated lawsuits. Thank you for the lunch invite but I have a prior committment. And oh, I don't dance, especially with someone else's wife.
Ron Hill March 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Hey Don, tell you what we can dance but tape that thing to your leg you dont want me stepping on it.
Don Wynne March 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Marino Tamburino has been arrested for his crime. Let's hope the prosecution sticks it to him!
Ron Hill March 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Hells yeah! Dave, whoever you are, justice will be done. Put this jerk in jail and make him pay your bills!
Richard Pryor March 22, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I was there with my wife that night...From looking at the Facebook picture, I recognized Dave's friend. Abonoxious, Drunk, sloppy..... he almost started with me. No Dave didn't deserve what he got.....But I'm sure he wasn't being an Angel that night. And as far as the staff....I don't think anyone saw anything. Due to the bar being crowded...and the beating taking place in the back of the restaurant.
Fulgi March 22, 2012 at 06:02 PM
There is 2 sides to every story! Sure looking at this kids face it's easy to assume things MT is guilty..... But Rodgers needs to control himself and keep his hands to himself, and be responcible for your own actions. Did he deserve to get beat? No... but if your are going to act like a ass then you shouldn't go out and get drunk and out your hands on peoples girl/wife!
Richard Pryor March 22, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Agreed with Fulgi. Like I said a bunch of out-of-towners ..not very smart to grab someones wife, and next year I would stay in Lansdale for St.Patty's day. Go to you're local bar..MT is a calm guy for what I know. This Dave R. Must of really did something to piss him off....if this is what happened. PS. This kind of incident happens everywhere...where outoftowners come around and feel like they can act like asses!
Leonidos March 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Dave Rogers thought he was dancing with the stars and ended up seeing stars. You never know how a guy will react when you try to bump and grind with his wife. Tamburino used poor judgement and excessive force in dealing with Rogers and will pay a big price. This incident was avoidable had Rogers known how to police himself in public. Shame on you Dave Rogers and may you live forever.
eddie murphy March 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM
@ pryor...really...out of towners??? Have another while you are at it. The next time you stumble out of that place it probably will not be day light. If it happens to be day light, look around and remember that you, MT and anyone who thinks what he did in retaliation to a drunken fools. behavior is nothing more than a grotesque, moronic, wannabe GOODFELLA. You live in Ambler , it is a suburb, not South Philly, not the Bronx, not West Philly either. This kind of incident happens everywhere??? REALLY??? You should get off your bar stool more often; I travel all over the country and once again you are wrong. If you are once again referring to this incident as a slip and fall (which we all know is so far fetched and not even a viable excuse. It is a fabrication and figment of MT' s imagination) yes slip and falls happen everywhere. An over intoxicated person acting like an ass doesnt deserve a senseless beeting within inches of death. Pryor, maybe you should just give it up. Its not your bar, your town, or your bar stool.
Katherine March 25, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Everyone that has commented about this has no idea about the owners or the mangers. Were any of you there? Maybe we all should just let the police handle it.
what that guy wrote March 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Is this really Jim Fulginiti, a/k/a jim.fulginiti@pahomesales.com
JLM July 05, 2012 at 05:38 AM
I've known Marino for 20 years. He's a good guy from a good family. This guy must have been really inappropriate for this to have happened.


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