A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday within the capturing loss of life of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime household, New York Metropolis police stated.
Anthony Comello was arrested in New Jersey within the loss of life of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in entrance of his Staten Island residence, stated Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, who careworn that the investigation is in its early phases.
“There are a number of, a number of angles that we’re exploring,” Shea stated at a information convention at police headquarters. “Was the individual paid to do it? Have been others conspiring to do that crime?”
The 53-year-old Cali, a local of Sicily, was shot to loss of life by a gunman who could have crashed his truck into Cali’s automobile to lure him exterior. Shea stated Cali was shot 10 instances.
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Shea stated police have recovered the truck however haven’t recovered the gun used within the homicide.
Requested about Comello’s background, Shea stated he “crossed paths in some restricted circumstances with the NYPD” together with getting a parking ticket on Staten Island the day Cali was killed.
Comello might be extradited to New York to face costs, Shea stated.
Federal prosecutors referred to Cali in courtroom filings lately because the underboss of the Mafia’s Gambino household, as soon as one of the crucial highly effective crime organizations within the nation. Information accounts since 2015 stated he had ascended to the highest spot.
Cali’s solely mob-related legal conviction got here a decade in the past, when he pleaded responsible in an extortion scheme involving a failed try and construct a NASCAR observe on Staten Island. He was sentenced to 16 months behind bars and was launched in 2009.
Police say they’re nonetheless investigating whether or not Cali’s homicide was a mob hit or whether or not he was killed for another motive.
The final Mafia boss to be rubbed out in New York Metropolis was Gambino don “Massive Paul” Castellano, who was assassinated whereas getting out of a black limousine exterior a high-end Manhattan steakhouse in 1985.