The Long Island bodybuilder accused of shooting his parents on Christmas day was extradited to New York from his New Jersey jail cell where he was held after he fled the scene of the crime.
The hulking and handcuffed Dino Tomassetti Jr., 29, wore a hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a surgical mask as he was lead away from the Bergen County Superior Court to an awaiting Nassau County police car.
He said nothing as he stared straight ahead as detectives led him through a gauntlet of photographers and reporters peppering him with questions.
The alleged shooter is being taken back to Long Island where he is expected to be charged in the shooting of his father, construction magnate Rocco Tomassetti, 65, and mother, Vincenza Marsicano-Tomassetti, 64, in their 8,751-square foot mansion in Hewlett Harbor about 10 a.m. on December 25.
His arraignment in New York was expected later in the afternoon on Wednesday.
The severity of the charges that Dino will face in Nassau County will depend on the respective condition of his parents, who have both undergone surgery for their wounds.
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Dino Tomassetti Jr, 29, left the Bergen County Superior Courthouse on Wednesday to head to New York, where he’s expected to face charges in the shooting of his parents
He wore a hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a surgical mask as he was lead away to an awaiting Nassau County police car
The alleged shooter is being taken back to Long Island where he is expected to be charged
Sources told the Daily Voice that Vincenza was shot in the head and Rocco was shot in the back, and the latter remains in serious condition.
Dino Tomasetti, 29, was held at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey
Both were conscious when they were found inside their home, according to the Long Island Herald, and were rushed by county police ambulance to a local hospital. They are both expected to survive, the Herald reported.
Rocco and Vincenza have three children, including twins Rocco and Dino Jr., and daughter Gina, 24.
Dino Tomassetti was arrested in Mahwah, New Jersey, about 50 miles from his parents’ stately home, later Christmas Day.
Nassau County police were able to track him via GPS after a neighbor reported a ‘disturbance’ at the family’s house.
Rocco Tomassetti owns several construction firms and helped build some of Manhattan’s most iconic towers, including the Goldman Sachs headquarters and One World Trade Center.
The company and the family have been embroiled in several construction-related scandals and reportedly took a bribe from a mob turncoat.
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.
The family has previously faced indictments for their alleged mob ties, and their sprawling home on Long Island 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.
Construction magnate Rocco Tomassetti, 65, and wife Vinceta Marsicano-Tomassettti, 64, were shot inside their 8,751-square foot mansion in Hewlett Harbor on Christmas morning
The couple has three children, including twins Rocco and Dino, and daughter Gina, 24.
Shooting suspect Dino Tomassetti (left) with his twin brother Rocco and younger sister, Gina
The family’s sprawling, $3.2million Long Island estate was surrounded by yellow tape Saturday
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.
Police have not yet released a motive for the shootings.
The investigation is continuing, police have said.
Tomassetti’s social media is filled with photos of his ripped physique
In one photo, he’s posing in a car, showing off a pricy Breitling watch. In another post, he boasts about his 240-pound physique
His Instagram page, was set to private as of Wednesday, was stacked with photos of himself lifting weights, flexing muscles, and occasionally traveling to more exotic parts of the world
The family has been embroiled in legal troubles in the past, with federal prosecutors claiming his late grandfather had ties to the mob.
Dino’s grandfather, Dino Tomasetti 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.
A 2006 New York Times profile detailed how 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.
But then in 1997 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. That 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.
But the charges were dropped after Laquila agreed to pay a $25,000 fine.
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.