The New York man who was arrested for shooting his parents in Hewlett Harbor has been identified as 29-year-old Dino Tomassetti. The young man is a bodybuilder, and he is currently being held in the Bergen County Jail.
The shooting happened Christmas morning in The Five Towns on Long Island. Police were called to a mansion on Seawane Drive in Hewlett Harbor, just after 10 a.m. after responding to a disturbance call. Police found 65-year-old Rocco Tomassetti and 64-year-old Vincenza Tomassetti suffering from gunshot wounds. Vincenza was shot in the head and Rocco was shot in the back.
Both parents survived the crime and were taken to the hospital for surgery. According to reports, the father is in serious condition. The mother’s condition is unknown.
Dino Tomassetti fled the scene in a Cadillac Escalade and was later picked up in New Jersey. New York State Police were able to track his car via GPS and enlisted the help of the Mahwah Police Department to help them locate the 29-year-old. He was found around 2 p.m. that afternoon.
Police have not charged the 29-year-old with anything and are waiting on the conditions of his parents to determine his criminal charges. Dino Tomassetti is currently being held at Bergen County Jail as a fugitive from justice and is waiting on extradition to Nassau County.
A motive for the crime is unclear, and many who know Dino and his parents were surprised that a senseless crime would happen in this particular family. One neighbor of the Tomassetti couple said that they were always nice and willing to help out.
“They’re very nice people. You couldn’t ask for better neighbors,” the man said of the couple. “That’s all I can tell you. They don’t bother you. They keep their house beautiful. They talk to you and say, ‘Can I help you with anything?’ They’re very fine people. I can’t say a bad word about them.”
Those who knew Dino Tomassetti said that they didn’t know why the 29-year-old would shoot his parents. A neighbor and friend said that Dino wasn’t a violent person.
The bodybuilder lives on Maspeth Avenue in Brooklyn and works as a personal trainer.
The Tomassetti family is known in the New York area for helping to build the city’s skyline. Dino Tomassetti’s grandfather owned a construction company that built many of the well-known New York buildings, including the Goldman Sachs and Bank of America headquarters.
Rocco Tomassetti owns Empire Transit Mix Inc., a Brooklyn based company that supplied concrete for the Freedom Tower. Vincenza Tomassetti owns a dance studio in Lynbrook called Starz. The couple has two other children, Rocco Jr. and a daughter named Gina.
According to reports, Dino Tomassetti is not the first member of his family to get in trouble with the law. His grandfather, Dino Sr, was suspected of being connected to organized crime. In 2006, the New York Times published an article detailing the crimes of Dino Sr.
He was indicted for illegally paying off some union brass over the course of a decade. Federal investigators also connected the Italian immigrant to certain organized crime people. In 1997 Dino Sr, along with his son, Rocco, were arrested for running an illegal waste site in Brooklyn. In the same year they also pleaded guilty to filing fake documents for a project they had in Queens.
The Tomassetti family has not commented on the conditions of Rocco or Vincenza, nor have they released a statement about the Christmas Day shooting. Police continue to investigate the crime and wait for more information about a potential motive.