Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Suspect Arrested in Killing of Gambino Family Mob Boss in New York

Suspect Arrested in Killing of Gambino Family Mob Boss in New York

The NYPD on Saturday announced that a suspect had been taken into custody and is expected to be hit with murder charges in the slaying of Francesco Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says 24-year-old Anthony Comello was arrested Saturday in Brick and charged in the murder of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in front of his Staten Island home.

"There are multiple, multiple angles that we are exploring", Shea said at a news conference at police headquarters. "Were others conspiring to do this crime?"

Cali, 53, known as "Franky Boy", was shot six times and died later at Staten Island University Hospital. But NBC New York cited unnamed law enforcement sources who said that the death does not appear to be mob related and and who described the suspect as a conspiracy theorist.

Police said surveillance video captures the shooter, and the pick-up believed to be the getaway truck.

When asked about the suspect's arrest record, Shea said he "crossed paths in some limited circumstances with the NYPD", including getting a parking ticket on Staten Island the day Cali was killed. An assistant DA there referred a reporter to the office's public information officer, who was not immediately available.

Police are looking into whether this was the work of an organized crime gang, or a faction inside the Gambino family, including John Gotti's brother, Gene, who was just released just months ago after serving 29 years for dealing heroin. News accounts since 2015 said he had ascended to the top spot.

Cali was the first NY crime family boss shot since 1985, when Paul Castellano, who owned a mansion on Todt Hill, was executed as he arrived at Sparks Steakhouse in Manhattan.

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