The parents of the man who’s been cited as a “person of interest” in the case of four missing men in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, have been subpoenaed to appear in front of a grand jury.
The decision to have Antonio and Sandra DiNardo testify was made July 12 and comes after information about their son, Cosmo, continues to circulate in the role he may have played in the disappearance in the men.
That comes shortly after Cosmo was arrested once again and jailed with a bail set at $5 million. He has been charged with stealing a car that belonged to one of the missing men (Tom Meo), Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weitraub said. The car was found with the keys and life-saving medication inside. Cosmo was arrested on a firearms charge Monday and was out on bail for less than 24 hours until he was re-arrested by authorities.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, prosecutors have said they consider Cosmo as being “mentally unstable and dangerous.”
Here’s what you need to know about Cosmo’s parents, Antonio and Sandra:
1. Authorities Have Seized Their Cell Phones as They Seek Answers
Sources told Fox 29 that the reason the parents of 20-year-old Cosmo are being questioned in the case is because investigators want to ask them about their son’s actions one week prior, when the four men were reported missing.
When asked if Antonio should be considered a “person of interest,” Weintraub said “no.”
As investigators attempt to put together timeline of Cosmo’s whereabouts since July 5, a source told the news outlet that they seized the cell phones of Antonio, as well as Sandra.
There are few places of interest in the case. One of them is the DiNardo’s property in Solebury Township, located off of a secluded country road about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. The property is a 90-acre farm. Authorities brought in construction equipment and cadaver dogs to search the large property along with agents from the F.B.I.’s evidence response team. The search came up empty — as far as finding human remains — after examining every part of the property, however. Police refused to comment on if there was any other physical evidence discovered.
2. Antonio Posted Cosmo’s Bond the First Time Around
Two weeks before he was named a “person of interest” by authorities in the case, prosecutors in Bucks County had asked the police department to arrest him for the weapons charge, which was previously dismissed.
Police finally acted on that charge, and he was arrested by officers from the Bensalem Police Department on July 10 and held on $1 million bond. He was released from jail after his father posted 10 percent of that $1 million bail in cash.
3. Antonio & Sandra Have Hired a Prominent Lawyer
Once the couple were subpoenaed by authorities, they hired a prominent defense lawyer.
Antonio and Sandra are being represented by Fortunato Perri Jr., who was one of the attorneys on Bill Cosby’s defense team when he was being tried for a sexual assault allegation. That case has been declared a mistrial and will be held again in the fall.
But for now, Perri will represent Cosmo’s parents.
Perri is a partner at the Law Offices of McMonagle, Perri, McHugh & Mischak, located in Philadelphia.
Perri started his career at a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and, according to his biography, has become “one of the top trial attorneys in the county.” He’s able to practice law before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in the State and Federal Courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, Texas and Delaware.
In 2005, Perri defended rapper Beanie Sigel on an attempted murder charge.
4. Antonio Is the President of a Concrete Business
The family is in the concrete business, and Antonio is the president and treasurer of Dinardo Bros. Materials, Inc. According to state business records, the business was formed in 1998 and operates out of the DiNardos’ home in Bensalem. The business is also the owner of Metro Ready Mix & Supplies, a concrete contractor based in Philadelphia.
According to tax records obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the DiNardos have $16,684 in outstanding taxes owed to the state. In the past, they’ve owed sums of $186,000 to the federal government and $128,616 to the state of Pennsylvania. Those sums were paid to the IRS, the records said.
5. Sandra Founded a Trucking Company Over a Decade Ago
According to a report by The Trentonian, DiNardo lived with his parents on the property in Bensalem.
The concrete business isn’t the only one that they own, either. In 2005, Sandra founded a company called Bella Trucking Corp., which is registered to the family’s home.
In addition to the property that’s getting much attention, the 90 acres in Solebury, the DiNardos also own a property on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road. That’s where authorities recovered Meo’s car. Property records obtained by The Trentonian also show that they own a “large amount of land” on Rising Sun Avenue in Bensalem.