Police have discovered that Dino Tomassetti shot his parents on Christmas Day because of a custody battle over his 1-year-old son. According to reports, the 29-year-old tried to leave with his son and when his parents tried to stop him, he lashed out and shot them.
The Brooklyn bodybuilder was recently brought back from Mahwah, N.J, where he fled from police after the shooting, and has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. His parents, Vincenza Marsicano-Tomassetti, 64, and Rocco Tomassetti, 65, survived their injuries and were recently released from the hospital.
According to reports, bail has not been set for Dino Tomassetti. He is scheduled to appear in court again on January 5, 2022.
According to police reports, the custody battle over the 1-year-old boy happened around 10 a.m. Christmas morning at the parents’ Long Island mansion in Hewlett Harbor. Dino Tomassetti reportedly has no custody rights of his son and is separated from the child’s mother.
“It had to do with custody and taking the child,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. “It’s Christmas morning. The man wanted to take his 1-year-old away from parents and the natural mother, which he did not have custody to. And there’s where the argument started.”
When the bodybuilder was told he couldn’t take his son, he pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and started firing. He shot his mother in the head and then shot his father in the back and wrist. He also hit his father with the end of the gun before fleeing the scene.
Police reported that Dino Tomassetti has no gun license in Nassau County and had no prior arrests before attacking his parents.
The 29-year-old’s son and estranged wife were in the room when the assault occurred. Police reported that they were left unharmed.
After assaulting his parents, Dino Tomassetti fled the scene in a Cadillac Escalade. Police were able to use GPS tracking to find him in Mahwah, N.J. He was arrested and later brought up to Long Island to face more charges.
In court on Monday, Nassau County Judge Lisa Petrocelli issued orders of protection for Dino Tomassetti’s parents and his estranged wife and son. Defense lawyer Marco Laracca argued that the wife and son didn’t need protection because they weren’t hurt in the initial crime.
Petrocelli said, “These two individuals were in an extreme zone of danger.”
Laracca has made no other comments about the charges against his client.
This is not the first time that the Tomassetti family has been in the news. Dino’s grandfather, Dino Sr. owned a construction company that helped to make many of the New York skyline buildings and was known for getting into trouble.
According to reports, Dino Sr. was linked to organized crime and was indicted for making illegal payoffs to union brass. His company, called Laquila, also faked documents for a project in order to get the money.
A story published by The New York Times in 2006 said, “Laquila, which had a $2.5 million contract to build concrete decking for a new wing at the hospital, had secretly and illegally subcontracted the work to a second company for $1.4 million, enabling Laquila to collect a $1 million profit. The scheme came to light after Laquila failed to pay the second company.”
Vincenza Tomassetti also made it in the news for her fashion sense and her unusual ways that she keeps her husband’s attention. According to her, she sits in on all interviews for her husband’s construction business and doesn’t allow him to hire any young girls.
In a 2001 interview with The Mirror, she said, “My husband’s successful, he works in Manhattan, and he’s exposed to a lot of beautiful women. I used to be more trusting, but it’s harder as you get older. I always have a say in who is hired,” she said. “I’d never let him take on a young girl. Why put something under somebody’s nose? He’s not dead.”