Who is Dino Tomassetti? Son of construction magnate Rocco Tomassetti shoots his parents
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: The son of construction magnate Rocco Tomassetti was arrested after he allegedly shot his parents on Christmas morning. Dino Tomassetti, 29, is believed to have pulled the trigger inside his parents' $3.2 million Long Island estate in Tony Hewlett Harbor at about 10 am in the morning of December 25. He shot his dad, Rocco Tomassetti, and his mom, Vinceta Marsicano-Tomassetti, before fleeing the scene of the crime in a Cadillac Escalade.
Dino was apprehended in New Jersey later that night, the police said. His parents survived the shooting but news about their condition has not been released. Dino, who is obsessed with body-building, was awaiting extradition to New York on Sunday, according to the Nassau County police spokesman. Tomasettis' 8,751-square foot mansion was surrounded by yellow tape as the police continued to investigate the shooting in the exclusive South Shore community. Some of the other businessmen who recently made news include Jeff Bezos, Zhao Zhiyong, Shrawan Kumar Choudhary and Geoffrey Elton.
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The Tomasetti construction dynasty was formed by the late Dino Tomassetti Sr, an Italian immigrant whose chain of Laquila companies contributed to shaping New York City's skyline, including the Goldman Sachs headquarters near Ground Zero, the Bank of America headquarters, noted luxury condominiums, and more. His son Rocco took over and his Empire Transit Mix company provided the concrete for the Freedom Tower, while his daughter's company helped develop the structure.
Who is Dino Tomassetti?
Dino Tomassetti, who is the prime suspect in the double shooting, is a bodybuilder and personal trainer. His social media pages are filled with pictures of him flexing his bulging muscles and showing off his impressive body. On his Instagram page, he was seen lifting weights in numerous snaps. In others, he was seeing touring exotic parts of the world such as Paris and the Caribbean. He also boasted about his achievements and expensive possessions, showing off a pricey Breitling watch and his car, while singing praises of his own 240-pound physique.
Police have not released a motive for the shootings. Dino Jr isn't the only member of the family who has found himself on the wrong side of the law. The New York Times reported that his dad and grandfather were once arrested for operating an illegal waste site next to their company's Brooklyn headquarters in 1997. 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." Federal prosecutors also linked Dino Sr "to organized crime figures." According to a 2006 NYT profile on him, he was indicted for allegedly illegally paying off union brass throughout the span of a decade.