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A Brooklyn personal trainer was arrested in New Jersey and stands accused of shooting both his parents at their multimillion dollar Long Island mansion on Christmas morning,
Dino Tomassetti, 29, is facing attempted murder charges following the non-fatal shooting at his parents’ upscale Hewlett Harbor home, officials said.
Nassau County Police responded to a shooting at Tomassetti’s parent’s residence on Seawane Drive shortly after 10 a.m. on Christmas morning. Upon arrival, officers found Rocco Tomassetti, 65, and Vincenza Marsicano-Tomassetti, 64. Rocco Tomassetti was shot in the back, and his wife, Vincenza Marsicano-Tomassetti, sustained a gunshot wound to her head. Both were rushed to hospital.
The couple required surgery, New Jersey's The Daily Voice reported. Rocco Tomassetti reportedly remains in serious condition.
Dino Tomassetti fled the scene in a Cadillac Escalade, according to detectives. He was jointly arrested by New York State troopers and local police in Mahwah, New Jersey — northwest of New York City, on the state line — after law enforcement used GPS to track his SUV.
Tomassetti is currently being held at a Bergen County jail as a fugitive of justice. Charges in the shootings haven’t been officially filed, pending his extradition back to New York. Officials in both states were unable to confirm when the 29-year-old could be expected back in Nassau County to face charges.
“We’re still waiting on that information,” a spokesperson for the Nassau County Police Department told Oxygen.com on Monday. “Hopefully we’re going to get that shortly. But we don’t have an update on that yet. Once that happens, we’ll have more answers.”
Officials declined to release additional information regarding the open case this week.
Tomassetti, who lives in East Williamsburg, worked as a personal trainer at Retro Fitness gyms in Forest Hills and Glendale, Queens. Both locations declined to comment on the open case this week.
“I’m not answering any questions, I’m sorry,” a manager for Retro Fitness in Forest Hills told Oxygen.com, before abruptly hanging up the telephone, on Monday afternoon.
An employee for the Glendale gym also responded “no comment,” when reached minutes earlier.
A private Instagram account which Dino Tomassetti appears to curate was also seemingly wiped of all content.
A woman who lives in Dino Tomassetti’s East Williamsburg building, described the Brooklyn bodybuilder as “definitely not” a violent individual.
“Nope, not at all,” the unidentified woman told a New York Post reporter, who questioned her following the shooting. “He’s my best friend. I really don’t want to talk about it.”
A building employee also described Tomassetti as a “great guy.”
“I wouldn’t expect him to do something like that,” the building worker told the Post.
Long Island neighbors of the Tomassetti’s wealthy parents were also bewildered upon learning the news of the Christmas shooting.
“They’re lovely people,” one resident also told the Post.” I don’t understand the whole thing. They’re very nice people. You couldn’t ask for better neighbors. That’s all I can tell you. They don’t bother you. They keep their house beautiful. They talk to you and say, ‘Can I help you with anything?’ They’re very fine people. I can’t say a bad word about them.”
Rocco Tomassetti and Vincenza Marsicano-Tomassetti’s home is valued at $3.2 million, according to property records.
Rocco Tomassetti owns Empire Transit Mix Inc., a concrete mixing company located at 430 Maspeth Avenue in an industrial section of East Williamsburg. Michael Serrano, an office administrator for the company, wasn’t immediately available for comment on Monday afternoon.
Earlier this summer, the property was targeted by the New York City Police Department several times over noise complaints, stemming from motorists who would allegedly congregate in the parking lot to blast loud music into the early morning hours. Serrano complained to reporters at the tme that the music and automotive enthusiasts were on the property without permission and often left a mess.
Vincenza Marsicano-Tomassetti owns the Starz dance studio on Broadway in Lynbrook, New York, according to her LinkedIn profile. Calls placed to the studio weren’t returned on Monday.
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