A woman was pulling into a carwash in Katy, Texas, on July 10 when she heard a noise and saw that her driver’s-side window had been cracked. She assumed it had been hit by a rock, but later saw that blood was dripping down her arm, court records say.
Police in Texas have linked Nicholas Dagostino, 29, to that shooting and another recent one in which two separate women said they were shot in the arm. Authorities say that Dagostino, who claimed that he shot the women in self-defense, hates female drivers so much that he shot them while they were driving.
According to his social media accounts, Dagostino “held a very dim view of women,” thought female drivers were “incompetent,” and that their sole purpose “is to give birth to male children,” investigators wrote in court documents. Now Dagostino faces two felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
His defense attorney, Kenneth Mingledorff, said that statements police made about Dagostino’s hatred of women are merely assumptions.
“There’s a lot being said. Nobody knows that for a fact,” Mingledorff told The Washington Post on Saturday. “I’ve seen no evidence of that at all. A lot of assumptions are being made, and we’ll work through all that.”
He added that his client needs psychological help, though he did not elaborate.
“We’re very sorry for the people involved,” Mingledorff said, referring to the injured women. “[Dagostino’s] family wants them to know that they’re concerned about them and we’re going to do what we can to make sure that this never happens again.”
Surveillance footage at the carwash in Katy showed a green Ford Explorer next to the woman’s car when she was shot. Police later found the vehicle’s owner, Dagostino, who lived nearby. He told police that he shot the woman because she swerved into his lane, and that he did so in self-defense, court records say.
He also admitted shooting at vehicles five other times in the past.
Investigators learned of another shooting that happened a few months earlier, on March 7, at a gas station three miles from the carwash. The victim told police that she was leaving a gas station when she heard a noise and felt pain in her right arm. Then, she told police, she saw a man in a dark green SUV looking at her as he drove by, as if he was checking to see whether she had been hit, court records say.
Dagostino admitted to police that he also shot the woman at the gas station because she struck his vehicle and swerved into his lane, court records say.
Dagostino is being held on $200,000 bail for each of the two charges, Harris County jail records show. Prosecutors had asked for at least a $250,000 bail, arguing that Dagostino is a threat “to female motorists” in the area.