Klarisa Perez: Mom of Dino Tomassetti’s baby was present with son when bodybuilder shot parents
The 29-year-old suspect has been arrested and held without bail after the December 25 incident
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: The mother of Dino Tomassetti’s son was present in the same room when the bodybuilder allegedly shot his parents. The 29-year-old allegedly pulled the trigger on the construction magnate Rocco Tomassetti and his wife Vinceta Marsicano-Tomassetti on December 25 while Klarisa Perez and her toddler son were there.
The alleged incident happened inside the multimillion-dollar Hewlett Harbor home when Dino’s parents did not let him leave with the boy, authorities said. The accused lost his anger and attacked the couple as Perez and the kid watched. According to prosecutors, Dino shot his mother in the head and his 65-year-old father in his back. Also, after he used all his bullets, he pistol-whipped Rocco before escaping in a Cadillac Escalade. However, his parents survived after being treated at a local hospital.
After allegedly carrying out the crime, the suspect, who works as a personal trainer at Retro Fitness locations in Queens, went to New Jersey. He was soon tracked down by the cops, who brought him back to Nassau County on Wednesday, December 29. He has been arraigned on two counts of attempted murder and held without bail. Though his baby mama and “almost 2”-years-old child were not harmed on Christmas, orders of protection for them have been issued against Dino.
Dino is reportedly one of the three children Rocco and Vinceta have. The relatives have not said anything about the December 25 tragedy, but friends and associates of the accused have reacted. A woman outside Dino's building who called herself his best friend said that the bodybuilder’s not violent. She added: “Nope. Not at all. He's my best friend. I really don't want to talk about it.”
“I'm from the South Bronx. S**t happens every f**king day, man. Not much I can do about it. He's a great guy, man. I wouldn't expect him to do something like that,” a worker in the building in East Williamsburg said. And, one of the parents' neighbors added: “They're very fine people. I can't say a bad word about them. I feel sorry for them. What else can you think? I feel very sorry for them. I hope they survive and come out of this.”
Meanwhile, Dino is not the first from the Tomassetti family who has been arrested and charged. In the past, his father and grandfather were also taken into custody for running an illegal waste site next to their firm's Brooklyn headquarters in 1997. A 2016 New York Times report stated: “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.”
The same NYT report also mentioned a 1987 case when the company was indicted for racketeering after it allegedly gave bribes to local officials so that it could illegally dump construction waste in New Jersey. However, later the charges were dismissed after Laquila paid $25,000 as fine.