UPDATE: A bodybuilder who was arrested in Bergen County Jail on Wednesday by Nassau County detectives shot his parents in their Long Island mansion over Christmas during an argument over his 1-year-old son, reported authorities.
Nassau County Police have charged Dino Tomassetti, a 29-year-old Brooklyn weight trainer, with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the shooting. He also faced weapons charges.
Tomassetti, of East Williamsburg, had been held in the Bergen County Dungeon since his Christmas afternoon on Route 17 in Mahwah.
He had apparently argued with Vincenza Marsicano-Tomassetti, 64, and Rocco Tomassetti, 65, at their $ 3.2 million home in Hewlett Harbor on the south shore of Long Island around 10 a.m. that morning when things have turned sour, police said.
Tomassetti attempted to leave with the child, who was there with his mother, but his parents objected, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said at a press conference.
He then “produced a .22 caliber pistol,” shot his mother in the head and his father in the back and wrist in front of the boy and his mother, Ryder said.
After running out of bullets, Tomassetti whipped his father with a pistol before running away, the commissioner said.
Tomassetti – who would not be allowed to own the firearm – took off in a 2017 white Cadillac Escalade that law enforcement sources told Daily Voice was being tracked by GPS.
Daily Voice broke the news of Dino Tomassetti’s arrest later in the afternoon (SEE: Long Island man who shot relatives on Christmas Day captured in Mahwah, sources say).
Shortly after 2 p.m., New York State Police soldiers called for assistance from Mahwah Police as they followed the New York Thruway vehicle to Highway 17 southbound.
Police closed the highway and the vehicle stopped near Ramapo Valley Road. The 5-foot-9, 235-pound Tomassetti – which recently weighed over 550 pounds and lifted 725 dead – has been arrested without incident, law enforcement sources told Daily Voice.
Locally accused of being a fugitive from justice, Tomassetti remained in custody before waiving extradition and a judge granted his release to Nassau County detectives.
He wore a COVID mask and a black hoodie from the Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset – where he had worked – as he was taken in handcuffs from Bergen County Jail to Hackensack through a reporters’ glove and photographers Wednesday morning.
Dino Tomassetti’s late grandfather – whom he was named – was an Italian immigrant whose construction company helped form the Manhattan skyline. His projects included the headquarters of Goldman Sachs near Ground Zero and the headquarters of Bank of America. Federal authorities have also linked him to organized crime.
Rocco Tomassetti operated Empire Transit Mix, which supplied concrete for the Freedom Tower, among other projects.
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