Man with no mob ties accused of killing Cali
NEW YORK – When a hooded gunman pumped close to a dozen bullets into Frank Cali, a reputed leader of the Gambino crime family, outside his Staten Island home Wednesday night, detectives naturally examined the possibility that the killing may have stemmed from his role atop one of New York’s five Mafia families.
But after the arrest Saturday of a 24-year-old man who lives with his parents, it appears Cali may have been the victim of an angry young man with a gun and a grudge, but no mob ties.
Law enforcement officials said they are looking at the possibility that the accused killer, Anthony A. Comello, 24, had a romantic interest in one of Cali’s female relatives, and that the crime boss had told him to stay away.
Comello was arrested at a home owned by his family in Brick, N.J., and is expected to be returned to Staten Island this week, where prosecutors have prepared murder charges, court records show.
Detectives have a recording of the killing from a security camera outside Cali’s home, and Comello’s fingerprints matched those that were lifted from a license plate the gunman picked up, police said.