A shameful incident was reported where a son is arrested after he shot his parents at their mansion in a brawl over his one-year-old child's custody. After shooting his parents, the bodybuilder son jumped in his Cadillac Escalade SUV and fled to Mahwah, New Jersey, according to authorities, where he was tracked down via the vehicle's GPS and arrested later Christmas day.
Son Shoots His Parents On Christmas Morning Over Custody Dispute Of His One-Year-Old
According to the Nassau County police, Brooklyn bodybuilder Dino Tomassetti Jr., has been accused of shooting his parents on Christmas eve during a custody dispute over his one-year-old baby.
Tomassetti Jr., 29, was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on two counts of attempted murder. He was arrested and directly placed in custody after a hearing on Long Island. His bail has not been set yet.
Reportedly, the argument over the child ensued at 10 in the morning on December 25. The bodybuilder son allegedly tried to leave the family's 8,751 square-foot Hewlett Harbor mansion with the child, but his parents tried to stop him, according Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.
'He became involved in a domestic dispute with his parents who were caring for the one-year-old, during that argument it obviously escalated,' Ryder said during a Wednesday morning press conference. '[He] tried to take the child from [his] parents and attempted to leave the residence. When the parents objected, the defendant produced a .22-caliber pistol.'
According to the police commissioner, the little child and his mother witnessed the gruesome scene of the shooting.
Tomassetti Jr. allegedly shot his mother, Vencenza Tomassetti, 64, in the head near the left temple, and then turned the pistol on his father, Rocco Tomassetti, 65, whom he shot in the back and the wrist, according to police.
'He struck his father then in the head with the gun numerous times after he ran out of bullets,' Ryder said.
Both parents were immediately shifted to the hospital where they underwent surgery and have been released from the hospital. Rocco got out on December 27 and Vencenza was let go on December 28.
Reportedly, the child is currently with his birth mother. Tomassetti Jr. is due back in court on January 5 and according to his lawyer Marco Laracca, he would apply for bail around that time.
'At this early juncture, without the appropriate discovery to review, it would not be appropriate to comment at this time,' Laracca said.
As per Ryder, Tomassetti Jr., who does not have a permit for a gun and has no prior arrests.
After the shooting incident, the son jumped in his Cadillac Escalade SUV and fled to Mahwah, New Jersey, according to authorities, where he was tracked down via the vehicle's GPS and arrested later on Christmas day.
Tomassetti was held in the Bergen County Jail on charges of being a fugitive from justice until he waived extradition and was returned to Long Island on Wednesday morning.
After getting arrested, the son stayed quiet and continued to just stare at the detectives as they led him through a gauntlet of photographers and reporters peppering him with questions.
Rocco and Vincenza have three children, including twins Rocco and Dino Jr., and daughter Gina, 24.
Rocco Tomassetti is an owner of multiple construction firms and has helped build some of Manhattan's most iconic towers, including the Goldman Sachs headquarters and One World Trade Center.
However, both the company and the family have been embroiled in multiple construction-related scandals and reportedly took a bribe from a mob turncoat.
In fact, Rocco was accused of trying to bribe union officials and dumping cement sludge in Newtown Creek. His company Empire Transit Mix was banned from city contracting under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, according to The New York Times.
Not only this, but the family has also faced indictments over their ties with the mob and their huge Long Island mansion is now surrounded by yellow tape as police investigate the shooting in the exclusive South Shore community, which is in the 95th percentile for public safety.
Their son Dino works as a personal trainer in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His social media pages are filled with pictures of him flexing his bulging muscles.
His Instagram page, which was set to private as of Wednesday, was stacked with snaps of him lifting weights and occasionally traveling to more exotic parts of the world such as Paris and the Caribbean.
In one photo, he's posing in a car, showing off a pricey Breitling watch. In another post, he boasts about his 240-pound physique.
He writes that he is able to deadlift 725 pounds, squat 625 pounds, and bench press 550 pounds.
The family has been a part of more than one legal trouble in the past as federal prosecutors claimed their late grandfather's ties with the mob.
Dino's grandfather, Dino Tomassetti Sr., is a legend in New York City, both for what he accomplished as a first-generation immigrant and for the scandals that he became embroiled in.
He owned construction company Laquila Group and had been linked by the feds to organized crime.
As per the 2006 New York Times profile, Dino Sr. was once indicted for allegedly illegally making thousands of dollars in illegal payoffs to union brass over the span of a decade. The elder Dino denied the allegations.
As a matter of fact, both Rocco and Dino Sr. were arrested for allegedly operating an illegal waste site next to their company's Brooklyn headquarters, the New York Times reported. The same year, the company pleaded guilty to filing fake documents related to a project at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens.
'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 Times reported. 'The scheme came to light after Laquila failed to pay the second company.'
In the same article, the outlet reported that the company was indicted for racketeering in 1987 for allegedly bribing local officials to let them illegally dump construction waste in New Jersey. The scheme was allegedly organized by a member of the Gambino crime family.
However, the charges were dropped after Laquila agreed to pay a $25,000 fine.
Again in 2006, a scathing New York City Sanitation Department report rejected an application by Rocco and Dino Sr. to operate a waste business in the city, calling the pair 'unworthy' of obtaining a registration.
The request was denied because the applicants lacked 'good character, honesty, and integrity,' the report said.